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BXL Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Belgian, Bar, European, Pub
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125 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-6505
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 23:30
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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211 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

We stopped in here as we were walking near Times Square as it looked intriguing and they advertised an $18 lunch with a starter, a main course and wine or beer. We had crudités, a lentil soup and two versions of moules and frites. The food was good other than the soup, which was quite unremarkable. The sauces for the... More 

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Clifton Park, New York
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248 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

I was definitely looking forward to having some mussels here but left feeling disappointed. I ordered the Thai Mussels with "frites". The mussels came in a very, very watery (almost clear) broth with a drizzle of Thai "sauce" on top. The "frites" were thick-cut, undercooked French fries served with mayonnaise. I ordered blue cheese to dip my fries in because... More 

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Amsterdam NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Stopped in on a Thursday night for a drink as we were just walking around town looking for someplace to go. Grabbed a seat at the bar, ordered two club sodas and absolute orange. Not too bad, not hugh glasses but not tiny either. $9 each not too bad for what it was. Nice music playing bartenders friendly nice and... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

Awesome little gem in the middle of otherwise unpleasant times square. Always bustling with very friendly staff. Great beer selection. Very good food!

Thank bigshortbig
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We really enjoyed the mussels and the rotisserie chicken at BXL. Service was overall good. Giving it a 3 stars because even though we had made a reservation and were seated promptly by the hostess, we were kicked off the table because the manager had friends coming in later and he wanted to make sure the table was available. AND... More 

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new york, new york
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

I used to work around the corner from BXL so I consider myself a regular. They specialize in Belgian cuisine which, of course, has many similarities with basic French cuisine. I love the croque monsiuer, roast chicken and the perfectly made cheeseburger. Naturally, the pommes frites are outstanding. But the highlight of this place is the excellent Belgian beer list.... More 

Thank philwhit
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised to find this place so close to such a touristy area. Great beer options and fantastic calamari. Great service too.

Thank Jade S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

We just love this little gem in the city! It's very intimate and is loaded with atmophere... and the food is great, too! We usually stop in for appetizers and beers.... It is usually pretty full and it's fun to just sit back and enjoy the ambiance. Whenever we stay midtown NewYork, we try to stop in!

Thank Joan F
New York City, New York
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91 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

This place is a little secret in midtown. Has a very authentic European pub feel. Great wines and beers. Also good food. They show soccer matches and the atmosphere is very friendly.

Thank asiagirl511
London, United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

We were walking over to Times Square and saw the Duvel sign and knew that they were serious or at least we hoped. As we entered our hopes were confirmed, these guys had good beer and a the interior makes you forget you're in Manhattan, which is not a bad thing some days. Service was okay, but the atmosphere and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Belgian, Bar, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-6505
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 12127680200

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