Brunch at L'Ecole
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 11:35PM
The Lady Who Lunches in Restaurant reviews

  • Cuisine: French
  • Atmosphere: bright, spacious, sophisticated
  • Attire: business-casual, smart-casual
  • Ideal for: prix-fixe, group dining, brunch
  • Must try: Sweet and savory bread basket (brunch), French toast
  • Price: Brunch: $19.50 prix-fixe (2 courses)
  • Reservations: Via phone or opentable.com
  • Phone: (212) 219-3300
  • Website: www.frenchculinary.com/lecole.htm  
  •  Location: 462 Broadway, (at Grand St.)
*All photos from this meal can be viewed on Flickr
**Note* L’Ecole, the restaurant within The French Culinary Institute, is unique in the fact that meals (aside from brunch) are prepared by FCI students.  L’Ecole’s purpose is to serve as a “working lab” for future chefs.  This is where Bobby Flay, David Chang and Dan Barber got their start!

What’s the space like?
Honestly?  The space kind of reminded me of those make-shift breakfast areas in newly-built/remodeled Hampton Inn’s/Doubletree’s/Hyatt’s (hotels).  You know what I’m talking about: Blond wood furniture, glass blocks, tall ceilings, wooden chairs accented with upholstery, etc.  While this may sound unattractive to some, the atmosphere was quite nostalgic for me.  During my junior and senior years of college, I, too, gained some priceless experience and knowledge at my school's student-run restaurant.  

How was the service?
Our server was notably friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the menu.  Phil and I were treated famously!

Did you drink?
I had a fabulous latte, served with homemade chocolate-pistachio biscotti, that tasted almost as perfect as the one I savored in San Remo, Italy. 
*Note* L’Ecole offers guests both flat and sparkling water free of charge!

How was the food?
Aside from being delicious, my meal was tastefully affordable!  You can't beat a $19.50 prix-fixe special that includes coffee, a basket of freshly-baked bread and pastries, an appetizer and an entree! 
What’s pricing like?
$19.50 prix-fixe brunch special that includes coffee, a basket of freshly-baked bread and pastries, an appetizer and an entree! 

Will you return to L'Ecole?
Absolutely!  I look forward to sampling L'Ecole's lunch and dinner menus. 
Article originally appeared on The Lunch Belle (http://www.thelunchbelle.com/).
See website for complete article licensing information.