BXL Belgian Cafe | New York, New York
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BXL Belgian Cafe
Exceptional based on 33 ratings
Type: Bar

125 W 43rd St
New York, New York United States 10036 [ print map ]
212 768 0200

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Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am - 4:00am


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33 reviews for BXL Belgian Cafe
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  75%
 Selection  67%
 Food  72%
 Value  58%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  78%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
j12601  (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | July 17, 2010
Went here after Heartland (Times Square) and before HB Burger (which is in between the two, all three in a row) to hit three places right next to each other. The tap list and bottle list were not amazing, but they are the only place you can get the Ommegang Cuvee BXL that is made just for them apparently. It’s a decent enough beer, so possibly worth the stop if you’re in the area. My server was quite friendly and in spite of a modest lunch time crowd took time to chat with me about beers, Belgium, and the upcoming Belgium Comes To Cooperstown that he mournfully said he was unable to attend this year. Opted for the cheese croquettes as a light snack and they were quite good. The rest of the menu looked decent, albeit a touch on the pricey side, but you’re in Times Square, so it’s sort of expected. Beer prices again, a little high, but due to location I’d assume. Nice ambiance, clean and well lit, and a very open feel for a smaller place.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBelcher  (134) Columbus, Ohio | November 16, 2009
I visited BXL because I was looking for a beer-focused place that wasn’t too far from my hotel (it had been a long day). And what I found was an OK place - with a few interesting taps and pretty underwhelming food. I was grateful it was convenient to me, but once there, I wished I’d gone someplace better. The bar was busy with tourists and regulars. Tap selection was OK - most of the crowd was drinking Stella. I had a Duvel draft and a Steenbrugge tripel...both were OK but not great. I had the onglet echalotte (hanger steak in wine/shallot sauce) with frites. The frites were a shade disappointing, and the meat was fatty and tough. The sauce was good though. Service was a little inattentive. If I had the evening to do again, I would’ve walked a little further, or chosen a less beer-focused place with better food.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
CUJO  (19) Brooklyn, New York | June 24, 2009
Been here many times, never remember walking out the door! The selection is good, not great. The service is about the same. The food is awesome, bukctes of mussels go great with brews. It is however, expensive!
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
mouse725  (14) Albany, New York | April 4, 2009
Tables a little cramped, not the friendliest staff, but great ambiance anyway. Soccer always seems to be on, and they have a good deal of beligian beers on draft or in bottles. Not the cheapest place (too pricey for dinner) but a great place for the before 4pm brunch. Must try: French toast. SO amazing.
68
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 15/20
linc33  (29) Albany, New York | March 25, 2009
A good stop if visiting Times Square. Atmosphere/ambience is fantastic, really does feel like it’s a "world away" as another rater said. Service with a sneer; don’t expect personal repoir with the staff. French (Belgian?) toast is TO DIE FOR - without a doubt best I’ve ever had. Go before 4 to beat the crowds and hit the brunch menu - dinner is ridiculously expensive. Beers aren’t cheap, and selection is relatively limited.
70
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl  (138) New York, New York | February 6, 2009
A nice stop in the middle of the Times Square area that feels thousands of miles away. Not a great selection of beer, but the house Ommegang beer is good and is a rare rating. The food was pretty crap, honestly, but I still enjoyed this place if only for its authenticity in the middle of one of the craziest places in the world.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist  (23) jericho, New York | August 18, 2008
Stopped in on a Sunday, which I am told is their quiet night. Sat at the bar. They have a decent all you can eat mussels special on Sundays and Mondays for $20 and it comes with a Stella, we passed on ours. They had a decent tap list 10 or 12, and some standard but good bottles. Nothing much in large format. This is a decent place if you find yourself in the neighborhood, a bit on the pricey side. Food was above average, service with a smile and an attitude, clearly letting us know we were not regulars, but not a bad place.
58
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond  (205) Manhattan, New York | July 1, 2008| Updated June 19, 2012
Stopped in for a brew after a night class in the city. Place caught my eye from outside, I just prayed it wouldn’t be too overpriced for the location (between 6th and 7th on 43rd). The prices werent outragous - but a little pricey. Majority of beers go for $7-10. Glassware seems pretty legit - seemed to have all the beers they offer. On Draft: Chimays, Marsedous 8, hoeG, Lindemans, Palm, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Karmeliet. (sp?)
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk  (293) Göteborg/Jönköping, Sweden | March 10, 2008
Close to Times Square. A nice place, yet rather crowded and loud when I visited. Nice belgian-style beers, but not a huge selection.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Drink4Satan  (29) Washington, Washington DC | January 17, 2008
Located adjacent to time square, the location couldn’t be any better, also being only blocks away from the station. The Duvel logo printed in the awning drew me and a buddy in. The place was dim-lit and loud, filled mostly with business men and attractive women. The place was packed for a wednesday light. I was impressed with there glasswear, having every appropriate glass for each brew, all of which were belgian or belgian-style, like Ommegang. There were several beers I wouldn’t exoect to see on tap, and was impressed to see so, including Triple Karmeliet. The bottle selectiion was nice, too, with Orval, Rodenbach Grand Cru and many more. The bartenders were nice and the wait staff was attractive and helpful. The food looked and smelled nice, appearing much better than your standard pub and grill crap, though I didn’t have the food so I won’t rate it. The walls were decorated with metal signs of all the brews they carry. I definitely be stopping by again after a show or something.

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