BXL Cafe

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549 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Belgian

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Pre/post Theatre
Great Beer
Casual
Located in the heart of Times Square, BXL Café has been proudly serving the finest Belgian beer and cuisine since 2004. With our dark wood decor, comfortable banquettes and delicious beer selection, we pride ourselves in being a little oasis at the crossroads of the world for after-work locals as well as home sick Belgians.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Crowded and very noisy at 6:30. Service was good, food was OK at best

Clearly a lot of folks love it, bad fit for me.

MB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Impeccable service and great food. Wait staff was very attentive to our party of 6. Mussels were excellent, as well as the pesto gnocchi.

SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had brunch with a friend before a show on Sunday, food and service were great. Fun atmosphere. Very friendly staff.

DN
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved everything about BXL. The food that we ordered was wonderful and the Belgium Brews that we drank were amazing. We can't wait to go back for another dining and drinking adventure

DM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We frequently eat here and really love this place. Prices are very very reasonable (lower than the Open Table overview indicates). If you go before the rush it’s very quiet but can get noisy when busy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter and I loved this restaurant. I’ve been a theater goer my whole life but I’ve never tried BXL. This will be my new favorite go to place. Excellent food!!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great evening. Delicious cocktails and Belgium beer selection. Very good burgers and delicious fries.

DM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant. We were there this time for an early dinner after attending a Broadway matinee.

Disagree with the price range shown on the App. It’s considerably more reasonable!!!

LW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The server was extremely cordial. He treated us very well and changed our order when we didn't know what we ordered. Great beverages on tap!

DI
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Had a quick dinner at the Cafe after a day at a trade show. My table was reserved for me which was good since the place was very busy at 6:15. I would of booked later if I knew it was so noisy. The sausage and vegetable mashed potatoes were great but not for the amount charged. Little over priced for basically bangers and mash. Would like to try the place again when it’s not so noisy. Staff was very pleasant.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was fantastic as was the service. I’ve never had Belgian food before and it was great..

MP
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great little place and excellent value especially considering how close it is to Times Square. Outstanding food and service. We had the prize fixe lunch before a Broadway matinee show and it was fantastic!! Definitely get the mussels.

DM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are fans of this wonderful Cafe and have frequently eaten here over the years. Love the ambiance and food.

K
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Cozy pub atmosphere, friendly staff, with a real European flavor, including an enormous range of Belgian beers. Very reasonably priced brunch dishes; the egg dishes were just right on a cold January day. Try the eggs Florentine. A great value.

MN
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great ambience, food good, usual NY level of service (although the lady did forget about me when I asked for the check, and then disappeared, but they're a cheerful bunch), just a bit pricey for what it is. Glad we went, but probably couldn't afford to go twice on the same trip.

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bistro with lots of character and lots of international patrons. Food was all exactly as it should have been: onion soup with melty cheese that had a bit of crispiness to the edges, a salad perfectly dressed with warm goat cheese and hangar steak with awesome frites! Impressive beer selection too. Only regret is that we didn't discover it sooner!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Extremely noisy

N
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Decent food for lunch before the theatre although it can get extremely loud with the lunchtime crowd.

DK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place to eat in midtown. Great food, reasonable prices, terrific staff and very authentic.

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The noise level was very high. Conversation with my companion was difficult and we sat at a small table near each other. Other than that we had an enjoyable evening. Our waiter was accommodating, service good and the food was good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a get together with family from out of state. The food was delicious, the server was attentive and we were very appreciative that we were not rushed to leave. And the cost was extremely reasonable for the quality and portions.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

For NYC, this place is quaint. Food and service are always good. Only complaint is that with a party of 6 and a reservation, we were squished in the very back by the bathrooms and kitchen.

S
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

When I ordered a beer they brought the wrong one. They then brought the wrong drink to my wife, and put hers at another table. After tasting and realizing it’s the wrong drink, they just tried take ring her correct drink from the other table and pouring it in a new glass. Then on top of all that they charged me for an extra beer I didn’t order.
Long story short don’t go here

AI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

BXL is the best way to get down to business with three pots of yummy, steaming mussels before a show! My husband, my niece and I settled into the cozy table right across from the banquet seating the performers from Slava’s Snow Show on Sunday.
Fun! The wait staff introduced us and we took pictures with Slava, had the best dinner and drinks at BXL, and then crossed the street in time to grab our seats at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Perfetto!
The service at BXL is always friendly and the vibe is lit!
Love this restaurant! It’s a conveniently located and very accommodating Belgium Pub style retreat with lots of delicious dishes, affordable prices, plentiful portions, great beer in tap, creative top shelf cocktails and smiles all around. I’ll be back! Thanks again and Happy New Year!

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite stop when venturing in to the city. So close to theaters and Times Square but a neighborhood gem untainted by the mobs of tourists just a block away. After years of sticking with the varieties of mussels, I ventured in to other parts of the menu! Had the hanger steak and it was awesome. The beer selection is also one of the reasons I keep coming back.

AL
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We reserved a table for meeting with our friends which have not seen many years. We ordered food and drinks and were asked to change our table after short time because staff expect some party with a lot of people. We agreed, but were surprised when staff asked us to leave a restaurant at all in 10 minits. Even we did not finish eating and drinking. And finally we got a check#1079 with Stella 50cl we have never drank. If your restaurant have a limit time for dinner we have to been aware before visiting. It was awful, terrible, we were upset.

NY
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Very expensive for mussels at 26 $ steak was tough. Very noisy for group dinner.

MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came in to try the MOULES FRITES (mussels and french fries).
First I had a hankering for Onion soup. I tried the SOUPE À L’OIGNON GRATINÉE. Hit the spot!
We then shared the MARINIERE (mussels in white wine and shallot broth) which was plenty for the two of us. 2lbs I think the menu stated. The Mussels come in a pot with the fabulous broth. Outstanding bread provided (the crispy kind). We had some Belgian beer (try the Chimay). Holiday crowds - shoulder to shoulder. Thanks to Open Table our reservation was acknowledged and were seated in the back area. This was around 18:40 before a show next door at The Town Hall. Seriously, next door! Walked out of BXL and into Town Hall.
Plan on going back next week (another show to see at TH) for a repeat performance. Considering the crown and time of the year, our wait staff could not have been more professional. Well served and suggested the Chimay which was a bullseye!
nous vous reverrons bientôt

N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We had dinner on a night when the bar was overflowing which made it a bit noisy, but the staff was friendly and helpful as always. Dinner was delicious, perfect for a snowy winter night! A great find in the theater district!

DM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food always. Our favorite place.

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b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Generally an enjoyable experience with good, solid, hearty Belgian food. The service itself was very good (waiter, bus staff, etc.) except for the host who was rude and abrupt. He was snippy about us leaving so the next reserved party cold have our table - we were done, had been done for several minutes, we were just waiting for a check which his own staff had not yet brought to the table. So it was unclear why he was taking his frustrations out on us. Other than that, it was an enjoyable experience (and a good place to go before seeing a show at Town Hall).

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

If you can squeeze past the packed bar in the front, you can get a good meal here. Being in the Times Square area, it isn't easy to find "real" places that aren't chains or tourist rip-offs. However, BXL Cafe offers delicious food that's not too expensive which makes it a find! The back tables where they serve food is small but efficient - just don't go if you have a problem with noise because it gets really noisy! Since I'm in the area a lot, I'm so glad that BXL is there as a good choice for a pre-theater dinner, lunch or brunch!

MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Too too noisy but everything else fine: good food and service.

GD
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Nice, fun place...service was great. The food fell short of expectations and the printed menu...it sounded a lot better than it was!

PW
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is great! An oasis from all the touristy places in the area -- perfect place to go before a Broadway show. The food is excellent, and the beers are awesome. Service is friendly and welcoming -- will definitely be going back!

JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Great foot. Horrible service. We waited 20 minutes before anyone came to table to ask if we wanted to order it even bring a glass of water. When she finally did take our order it took an HOUR before another server came over and asked if we wanted desert....we hadn’t even gotten our appetizers or the bottle of wine we ordered. Again, good is good, ambience great. Service was just so awful not sure if I will return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All the food is impeccably fresh, high quality, and very good value for Midtown. Every time we go, we have noted expat Belgians dining here. The tap list always has many Belgian beers hard to find other places. The menu is geared toward people who eat meat and dairy, but there are a few options for others if you choose carefully.

D
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A bit crowded and noisy, but great staff and delicious food made this a good experience.

s
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

I've been before and enjoyed the food and music, but usually there's not a full house. The other night it was packed and very noisy. Also, I think some of the prices on the menu have gone up. The salmon is now $28, which seems excessive. The food (goat cheese salad, salmon, burger and pasta) is well-made, but I think the prices should drop a little. Good selection of desserts.