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BXL Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Midtown
Belgian, Bar, European
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125 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-6505
12127680200
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08:00 - 23:30
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 23:30
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Brooklyn, New York
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have just recently discovered this collection of establishments. I have been to two of their locations - this one and the one down in the Flatiron. Both have a really good vibe - the staff is welcoming, the ambiance/decor is inviting and the food is pretty good. I've had fries at both locations and mussels at the Flatiron location... More 

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Thank Froogie
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I made a same day reservation for this very crowded local Belgium Bistro/Bar right across the street from the Broadway show, "Beautiful." The show was at 7 pm so my wife made it for 5 pm. Since I live in Syosset, Long Island, I took the LIRR to Penn Station and walked a few blocks to the... More 

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Thank Jackson K
Riverside, CT
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place! Beer (BXL) is wonderful & so are the mussels! The endive & ham augratin was great ... I better stop now ... desert is coming!

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Thank GrnSwim
New Providence, New Jersey
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275 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Missing Belgian after a visit this summer, we decided to get a fix while in NYC for the weekend. Reservations easily obtained and got a pre show reservation on a Sat at 5pm. Mussels are generous - albeit small - but tasty. Fries are not thick and hearty like in Belgium HOWEVER they are cooked the same way and just... More 

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped in on the way to a meeting for a quick lunch and was so happy I did. Fried calamari comes with a small salad garnish, which was perfect. Calamari is tender and lightly fried - more calamari than breading. Salad and dressing were a nice addition, would get a larger version next time. Will keep this in mind the... More 

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Babylon, New York
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113 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

At 5:30-6:00 on a Wednesday the bar was a scene for which the term "Happy Hour" was invented. When we left, about 7, it had calmed down considerably. Despite the crowd at the bar in the front, we were seated immediately in the rear dining room, which was crowded but had some empty tables. Despite the numbers, service was impeccable,... More 

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Thank pstoehr
Baltimore
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped here after a Broadway show. What a delight! Felt like being back in Flemish Belgium. Great beer, mussels, fries (frites), lots of atmosphere. Very friendly service.

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Thank JulieBaltimore
New Jersey
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We were walking down West 43rd from one diner to another (the first was too crowded and had a long wait, so the host recommended another) when we happened upon BXL Cafe. We almost walked right past it because it appears to be a bar or tavern. Fortunately, the awning says waffles (among other things). There was also a brunch... More 

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Thank tsmorgan
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104 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Reasonable prices. Exceptional greeting at front door. Delicious omelette and coffee. Great start to the day.

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Thank Raymond N
Princeton, New Jersey
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Quite by surprise we found this delightful spot, unexpectedly just a stone's throw from Times Square. Nothing touristy about it. Offers a taste of Belgium in a decidedly European flavor. A great brunch menu, bar menu, and a tasteful range for dinner too. We arrived at brunch time and among the four of us had a little bit of breakfast... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Belgian, Bar, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Monday
08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 23:30
Thursday
08:00 - 23:30
Friday
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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