A.O.C. L'aile ou la Cuisse

A.O.C. L'aile ou la Cuisse

French Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
116 Tips and reviews
  • gardens
  • french fries
  • mussels
  • wine
  • brunch food
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  • James P.
    James ParkJune 10, 2013
    Double date for around $250. Foie gras was supposedly amazing and the hanger steak is a must. Pricey, but absolutely the best if you dine in their outdoor garden at night. Romance is in the air!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2016
    This long-running French cafe boasts a trellised backyard that’s one of the best places for outdoor dining in the West Village. The menu mimics a Parisian bistro. Read more
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacApril 12, 2016
    Live music & flavorful carbonara (thick bacon chunks...yum) make for a fun, romantic weekday evening. The truffle mac and cheese is a too rich for a meal, but probably perfect as a side to share.
  • aurore q.
    aurore quercyOctober 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious french food. Crazy happy hour at the bar, with $5 dishes & of house wine. Bartender is super friendly. Best place for romantic date at the bar or a brunch in the garden.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMay 18, 2014
    Nice continental breakfast and great coffee. If the weather is nice, ask for a seat on the garden. The salmon at dinner is also excellent.
  • Stephanie O.
    Stephanie O-GFebruary 24, 2012
    Delicious food & excellent service (definitely on a wknight). Suggest the Foie Gras, Coq Au Vin, plus the burger which honestly tastes like it was cooked at home on a grille. Will be back for brunch.
  • Aleksi
    AleksiAugust 25, 2012
    Many ppl complaining about the service. I'd say 50 % of the staff (men) was a bit too efficient, but the lovely ladies saved our night. Try boeuf du tartare. You get to choose how spicy you want it.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 11, 2012
    This place is amazing. The owner is old school Italian and knows how to run a good restaurant. I had the pasta carbonara and hazelnut mouse for dinner--both were out of this wold delicious.
  • Lillian S.
    Lillian SultanMay 7, 2015
    The salad nicoise was fresh, hearty, and delicious. If you're in the mood for something creamy and cheesy (who isn't?) with a healthy twist go for the cauliflower gratin.
  • Carmen Gloria R.
    Oysters Happy Hour is great!. Just 1 dollar everyday in the bar. Big oyters and very taste, add a wine and you will have a perfect night.
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney R.January 10, 2016
    Whatever you do, get the fries with truffle dipping sauce. It's divine. Mussels a Provençal were bomb, wash it down with a Bourbon Smash!
  • Shivani
    ShivaniOctober 12, 2014
    Phenononal service - we had a group of 15 and Jo and Sebastian went out of their way to accommodate us. Plus the food was great!
  • Audrey M.
    Audrey MohnOctober 1, 2012
    nice terrasse which is rare in this area. excellent burger! nice service and also the back area was used as a scene in sex and the city!
  • Corbin B.
    The garden in back is amazing. This place is a hidden gem. Whatever the dipping sauce is for the fries is unreal.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer ReinholdAugust 23, 2014
    Garden is cute! Coffee is great. Goat cheese salad is delicious, but small. Good size to have with the bread!
  • Jourdan A.
    Jourdan AstierAugust 6, 2011
    Make sure that when you order drinks to get them from Gabby. You'll have a great conversation and a great drink to start it all off with
  • Zoë D.
    Zoë DunnFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    David is usually at the front bar. He speaks French, English and Spanish fluently. He also is super funny!!! If you want to get on his good side call him a Cochonou.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MFebruary 22, 2013
    Get the Onglet hanger steak!!! It is absolutely Freaking Delicious!! I promise you will not regret it!
  • Randall W.
    Delicious croque madame and fries -- throw caution (and cholesterol) to the wind and go for it!
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MFebruary 15, 2012
    Provincial comfort food, great flavors and portions and decent price points. Fav French spot in the city.
  • Ethan B.
    Ethan BJanuary 28, 2012
    Chocolate mousse is an awesome dark chocolate adventure that goes perfectly with the last glass of a delightful bottle of Malbec.
  • Veronica B.
    Veronica ButtonJuly 13, 2012
    Ummm amazing vibes, beautiful setting. And pinot noir-whats better. Thanks for the sweet deal too btw.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WimsattMay 6, 2012
    Had a pleasant brunch with a large party and a few small kids. Very accommodating staff. Food seems fine. Nothing spectacular. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Narma L.
    Narma LiyanaarachchiFebruary 15, 2014
    Only restaurant that didn't require a reservation during Valentine's Day. Very small restaurant, so little room between tables. Lobster ravioli was delicious. The Riesling was just ok.
  • Richard W.
    Richard WilsonMay 7, 2013
    Bradley speaks beautiful French and Italian. And his pours are superb.
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonJanuary 20, 2012
    The bacon cheeseburger is pretty darn good, esp on a cold night! Cute in front, avoid the back area.
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KellyFebruary 20, 2015
    Great outdoor dining space! See the restaurants virtual tour before you go! Read more
  • André C.
    André CherinDecember 19, 2012
    Amazing food and environment. The music is also very pleasant. I recommend it!
  • Josue C.
    Josue CaceresJanuary 2, 2016
    The best French restaurant on west village, good wines as well
  • Joni B.
    Joni BOctober 19, 2013
    Table in the back room by the open air garden in the fall.
  • Allyson S.
    Allyson SaludFebruary 29, 2012
    This place is amazing....the need tartar is a must along with the goat cheese salad.
  • Jamie
    JamieMarch 3, 2013
    Omelette (bacon, ham, and goat cheese) winning combination with Grog!
  • Paulette O.
    Paulette OsborneAugust 26, 2016
    The mussels are to die for. Great happy hour too.
  • Rent the Runway
    Rent the RunwayApril 27, 2011
    Their omelettes are divine! Girls, order your own. You'll want to finish this one all by yourself.
  • Allie C.
    Allie CarieriOctober 6, 2014
    Good brunch options and drinks. Their bread is irresistible!
  • roe99
    roe99April 6, 2014
    Had the le club sandwich. It was pretty good. Though I think the croque monsieur looks better.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzJanuary 20, 2015
    Well prepared food, but I wasn't overly impressed with the service. The bartender is very generous with the wine by the glass, though!
  • Peter S.
    Peter StoffanAugust 27, 2010
    Fries are great. A bit too salty. Garden is a great escape from the city. (When construction nearby halts) enjoy!
  • Greg W.
    Greg WhippleApril 7, 2016
    Food was excellent but as previous reviews have said the service is suspect. Hope they can turn it around
  • David C.
    David ClarkeFebruary 25, 2012
    The breakfast omellette and Cafe AU Lait are the best in the Village
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LoweAugust 20, 2011
    If youre planning on going here to relax and enjoy drinks in the garden, DONT BOTHER. The staff only pays you mins if you're spending big money. Such a shame since the decor/setting is stunning
  • Meri's Food
    Meri's FoodMay 19, 2017
    Nice terrace in the back to have a drink or snack
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.April 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger is so delicious
  • Lauren
    LaurenNovember 28, 2010
    Best French fries! Service was good for us during very noisey Sunday brunch.
  • Melody G.
    Melody GambinoOctober 16, 2014
    So cute and the steak frites were on point
  • Craig T.
    Craig ThompsonApril 27, 2013
    Try the Merguez Pomme Frites And Salad
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Mussels sans mixed seafood basket (forgot the name ) were good!
  • Rohit C.
    Rohit CAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pasta a la Bretonne with tons of clams, mussels, and shrimp is terrific ($17)
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Mussels in Provencial sauce and mixed seafood basket were good!
  • Kate N.
    Kate NorthwayOctober 13, 2013
    Waitress put our order in wrong, meaning we had to wait extra long for food. The mussels were good, but the broth was watery and too onion-y. Horrible beer selection. Too $$$ for what you get.
  • cheena j.
    cheena jainApril 8, 2011
    My food was okay. The band was decent, but the service was awful. We ordered a cheese plate for $14 and they brought us 4 slivers of salad, a couple of berries and three finely cut slices of pear!
  • Amy J.
    Amy JAugust 7, 2012
    Vegetable risotto was excellent! Yum yum
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyNovember 28, 2014
    Sit at the bar and order a Lillet
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanApril 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ratatouille and mussels are very good!
  • Jerry T.
    Jerry ThomasAugust 6, 2012
    Food good. Service poor. With so many great restaurants within three blocks, don't waste your time here. Not only slow, but snooty too. You shouldn't have to wait 10 minutes for the check.
  • Kenneth S.
    Kenneth StuardAugust 11, 2013
    Service is stellar and the Carbonara is to die for and carb free ,-)
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroDecember 5, 2015
    Pop in for dolla oysters and a drink during happy hour.
  • Meghan O.
    Meghan O'NeillSeptember 10, 2011
    Get the vegetable risotto, it's to die for!!
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanJune 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Garden at the back is great for summer.
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PeacheySeptember 30, 2012
    The Moules Provencale is outstanding!
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.December 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The perfect breakfast spot
  • Sara M.
    Sara MasonMay 7, 2011
    Sit outside if you can. Charming little garden
  • Glenn R.
    Glenn ReimerJune 29, 2014
    Tuna tartare w guacamole is amazing!
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DayMarch 30, 2015
    Amazing food and atmosphere.
  • Shirley C.
    Shirley ChanAugust 22, 2011
    Sit in the garden and feed the friendly squirrel. :)
  • Trae F.
    Trae FOctober 9, 2016
    The salmon is yummy
  • Kathleen F.
    Kathleen FourteDecember 6, 2014
    Amazing food and staff
  • Uber NYC
    Uber NYCMay 6, 2013
    We head to back of AOC for the great outdoor patio.
  • Greg B.
    Greg B.November 30, 2010
    Good basic food, service is 100% French and I think a bit rude for American customer
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikJune 26, 2016
    Frisée all day.
  • héloïse
    héloïseJune 29, 2015
    Bartender did not know how to pour a beer that wasn't 1/4 foam and then was a dick when we brought it to his attention.
  • Troy L.
    Troy LeinsterFebruary 22, 2012
    On a chilly night try the delicious chicken stew. Yummm
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PierceSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Service has gone downhill lately. Food takes much longer than previously, and only one waitress covering back patio means little attention to the clientele.
  • Asher S.
    Asher SussweinMay 8, 2013
    Seafood Risotto was transcendent
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MingsMay 1, 2010
    check out the cozy garden...great French bistro. Read more
  • Ramon C.
    Ramon CaceresNovember 13, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the pasta carbonara. Comes with a raw egg in the half shell for your to mix in.
  • Allie G.
    Allie GendreauMarch 7, 2015
    Service is slow but the food is yummy!
  • ali h.
    ali hamedMarch 23, 2013
    Beware of the $11 mimosa
  • Tony B.
    Tony BacigalupoOctober 23, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a heaping plate of some of the best frites in the city!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 11, 2012
    Pasta carbonara
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoDecember 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KellyJanuary 20, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The onglet is especially good. Jason, Tony and Sebastian are the very best.
  • Mitch K.
    Mitch KramerJanuary 1, 2012
    Great frites!
  • JLS
    JLSSeptember 2, 2011
    Visit Laura, she's the best bartender!!!
  • Charlin P.
    Charlin PolancoOctober 25, 2013
    Omelettes are ridiculous!!
  • max l.
    max lOctober 31, 2010
    Double your drinks generous pours
  • shaun c.
    shaun cottleJanuary 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I love it here for late night dinner or cocktail.
  • SoSearching
    SoSearchingMay 21, 2011
    Best host ever!!!
  • Nathalie G.
    Nathalie GoaJanuary 13, 2013
  • Ed K.
    Ed KavisheJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Just Brilliant
  • You
    YouMay 8, 2015
  • Elisabeth W.
    Elisabeth WaagensenJune 17, 2014
    Don't EVER go there!! Super slow service, waited 1.5 hours for the wine!! Then the food after another 30 min.!! Not OK!!!
  • David C.
    David ChenSeptember 22, 2009
    The AOC burger is one of the best burgers in NYC
  • James O.
    James OttonSeptember 8, 2013
    Service was non-existent.
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChislettApril 18, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    order Pain Perdu (French Toast) or the Feuilles De Birque - they rawk!
  • Philippe C.
    Philippe CJune 10, 2010
    Make sure to bring cash, since Amex is the only CC they accept :(
  • Eva G.
    Eva GrzesikOctober 18, 2010
    Garden was nice but croque madam was underwhelming - egg over easy was over cooked.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BoccioMarch 11, 2012
    This place desperately needs Tabatha to take over!
  • shaun c.
    shaun cottleNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
  • Byron B.
    Byron BradshawJanuary 8, 2011
    TERRIBLE service! One waiter for the whole restaurant. We waited over 20 mins just to get the check. Mediocre food, but not worth the hassle.
  • Carl-Frederic D.
    Carl-Frederic De CellesOctober 11, 2010
    They forgot about us on the patio. Service could be better...
  • Christine C.
    Christine CJuly 2, 2012
    Terrible service. Management doesn't know how to run a business. Would NOT recommend to anyone
  • Ido S.
    Ido SelaMay 10, 2010
    STAY AWAY! Terrible service. My wife's order never came. The service was so bad that I decided not to leave a tip. The waiter added a tip to the invoice and now I am disputing the credit card charge.
  • Kent G.
    Kent GouldDecember 27, 2011
    Terrible and terrible. Cpay says this place has gone downhill... I say it's landed ... Below sea level
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanMarch 21, 2015
    Coffee is subpar.
  • Herm B.
    Herm BelcherJuly 9, 2013
    Forget what critics say - if you're wirh good friends lookin for somethin different - perfect spot.
    Downvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Patrick Y.
    Patrick YurgoskyJanuary 2, 2010
    Don't order what's not on the menu: a dirty martini with an un-disclosed $2 surcharge.
  • Caesar S.
    Caesar SilvaMay 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the best burger ever.....
  • Lee
    LeeNovember 30, 2012
    Nice place, but food was very mediocre.
  • Eric G.
    Eric GrantFebruary 24, 2013
    Meh. Food is rather ordinary.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RodriguezFebruary 20, 2012
    Mediocre food, at best. The burger was over cooked and dry.
  • eija r.
    eija ramosMarch 18, 2012
    Food was okay, not great. Service was pretty bad.
  • Aleksey K.
    Aleksey KernesOctober 23, 2011
    The mussles are tasteless, avoid.
  • Guy A.
    Guy AOctober 24, 2010
    avoid this place with kids — the service is very slow.
  • andrew b.
    andrew bartelApril 12, 2009
    order the half chicken.
  • H K.
    H KNovember 17, 2017
    La taglietti de carbonara is Amazing!
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