I had an out of town visitor this weekend who is a huge Anthony Bourdain fan. So against my better judgment after reading the reviews on this board, we went to Les Halles (John Street location) for dinner.
We started off with the grilled calamari salad with shaved fennel salad and the fois gras appetizer. Good but nothing extraordinary.
We ordered the strip steak w/ shallot butter, flatiron steak w/ peppercorn sauce and mussels mariniere, all with frites. The mussels were the best thing that we ordered but again, not good enough to make me want to come back. The steaks were flavorless and in my opinion, stringy (ick). We ended with profiteroles which were just ok.
But the worst thing of all was the service! It was not busy and I couldn't believe how bad it was. It took the servers about 20 minutes to bring us water, even though several of them walked right past our table. No one asked us how our food was, we waited at least 15 minutes for our wine after ordering it, waited another 15 minutes for our check, and yet another 15 minutes for them to take our credit card! If the restaurant had been busy, I may have been able to understand but really, we were one of 5 tables in the whole place by the end. The three of us left the restaurant, shaking our heads...
This may go down as one of the worst experiences I've had in NYC. Next time, I will listen to the posters on this board!