About Jean Claude 2

1343 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10021
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"We have proudly served fine French cuisine to our SOHO neighborhood for over 20 years! We are excited about our new location in the Upper East Side". Bon App├ętit.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Brunch/Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
70 and 71 street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 249-3400

Website:
http://www.jeanclaudenyc.com/

Public Transit:
6train to 68th street

Jean Claude 2 Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

neighborhood gem (39)
fit for foodies (16)
romantic (9)
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great for lunch (8)
special occasion (7)
great for brunch (5)
kid-friendly (2)
notable wine list (2)
good for groups (1)
late-night find (1)
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Good French food and great service

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

We enjoyed an authentic French meal and had excellent service. We'll be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience2
service5
value4

Neighborhood Gem

Dined on March 27, 2016

Well-prepared French bistro food. Their mussels mariniere are to die for. I just wish the seating were a bit less cramped and more comfortable.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Best little french bistro on the UES

vip
Dined on March 16, 2016

the owner is a professional the food is delicious at a reasonable price This little place is a gem in the UES you will feel like you are in a Paris bistro

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Delightful

Dined on March 16, 2016

Jean-Claude II was delicious and delightful, with pleasant service. We dined at Jean Claude II many years ago and remembered a bar (and the option to order hard liquor). We quickly overcame our minor disappointment and enjoyed a great meal. We'll return.

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Perfect bistro

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

Superb fois gras, excellent pork loin, perfect creme brulee. And QUIET. You don't have to shout to be heard by your dining companion sitting across from you. Quiet, smooth service.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Lovely intimate neighborhood bistro

Dined on February 27, 2016

Have dined here on three occasions. Excellent onion soup, moderately priced main dishes, pleasant service. We've taken friends here and the only complaint is that they are wine only...so all the vodka, gin lovers were a little disappointed.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

everything was great but waiter had an o ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

everything was great but waiter had an off day. got a couple of things wrong with order. comped a dessert to make up for it so all good in the end.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience2
service2

The ambience and noise level was perfect ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

The ambience and noise level was perfect for an early dinner. The worst part of it was they didn't even have a blocker(curtain) for the cold weather in Valentine's Day. Yes when you have multiple guests coming in and out of the restaurant holding the door unapologetically letting the cold air in. cold air +plus hot food =cold food. Yes rude people need to be accounted for. Food was ok. Not great. A bit over priced for a well done steak. Would not go back even if it were good weather. Couldn't get out of there fast enough.

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

neighborhood spot

vip
Dined on February 12, 2016

love this place. we go all the time...its right around the corner. the staff couldn't be friendlier and the food is always yummy!

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We were welcomed graciously and the atmo ...

Dined on February 11, 2016

We were welcomed graciously and the atmosphere was very upbeat. Our dinners were delicious and the service was perfect

food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Very yummy accompanied by a wonderful value.

Dined on February 9, 2016

On a recent business trip to NY to attend an auction at Sotheby's, I had the opportunity to have a late lunch at Jean Claude's. Not being familiar with any restaurants near the auction house, I found a number of favorable reviews with regard to this restaurant being the following: "A neighborhood gem, wonderful staff with a charming ambiance and overall excellent food at a bargain price for New York". I found all of the above to be accurate. Since I was there by myself, the owner came over and sat at my table for a few minutes to chat. He explained that although I was there for a very late lunch, the next time I should try dinner as they have two, different accomplished chefs. The restaurant was quiet (which I loved). The French Onion Soup was about as good as it gets, and I settled for a Hanger Steak with Pomme Frites with a glass of a French Red. All were very tasty I certainly will be back, and looking forward to working my way through their menu in subsequent trips. Especially, since the prices are so reasonable for the quality and experience. Would recommend this establishment for those seeking a quieter place with a small group-1-4 folks.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Neighborhood gem.

Dined on January 21, 2016

I had the hanger steak that was cooked to perfection and my partner (who doesn't always care for seafood) had the skate which he devoured. We walked out wondering why we don't come here more often and we plan to in the future.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Owned by two brothers who are spirited s ...

Dined on January 10, 2016

Owned by two brothers who are spirited souls, this restaurant is a pleasure. It boasts very good cuisine, a charming atmosphere, and gracious service!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Evening!

Dined on January 9, 2016

Staff exceedingly accommodating. Meal delicious. We were dining with older parents and the host went to great lengths to seat us comfortably in a less crowded nook. Treated like VIPs. Lovely evening. Thank you!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Accommodating and friendly service. Food ...

Dined on January 8, 2016

Accommodating and friendly service. Food is good but the wine list is disappointing. Charming ambience!

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Excellent Local Restaurant

vip
Dined on January 8, 2016

Great little neighborhood restaurant with ambience of french cafe. Good food, lively, good service, good wines. Always welcoming.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great neighborhood restaurant

vip
Dined on January 5, 2016

Always reliable, good food, friendly and efficient service

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service5
value5

Kindness speaks volumes

vip
Dined on December 30, 2015

The two gentlemen onsite provided the kindest service I have had in a long time. They were attentive, but not overbearing and engaged but not overly conversational. Quite a balance and a perfect lunch for two.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Delightful!

Dined on December 20, 2015

Fantastic food. The foie gras was unforgettable. Gracious and attentive service. I recommend to everyone I know going to New York.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

A Gem

Dined on December 12, 2015

We are not from New York but go out of our way to have at least dinner at Jean Claude II. It's the closest to a real French Bistro in NY. We especially enjoyed the service; the pace a just right... Not hurried but also not delayed. And lastly, the French Onion Soup is the best...

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Feels LIke Home

vip
Dined on December 12, 2015

We love this place -- it never disappoints and we feel like family. We were a group of 6 with 4 enjoying JC2 for the first time -- all now in love. The bistro-style food is well-prepared, and often has some forward-leaning touches. The buzz is convivial and upbeat.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service4

At best, second-rate

Dined on November 24, 2015

My onglet was nearly cold and cooked beyond medium rare, as I had asked. My friend's steak was grey, although she had ordered it rare. The bottle of Bordeaux we ordered was close to vinegar. The waiter/maitre de restaurant cheerfully took it back, to his credit. We thought we could not go wrong with a Rhone, but it too was nearly undrinkable. I suspect the reason is that the wines had not been kept in a cool place. Despite the cheerful service, the meal was a fairly expensive disaster.

food3
ambience4
service4

Lovely, local resturant

Dined on November 21, 2015

Jean Claude II was recommended to me by a friend. We had the opportunity to try it this past Saturday. The restaurant is tiny. This can be a good thing. We were there early and got lots of attention. We were happy with our food. We would go back.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Been here numerous times, and everything ...

Dined on November 21, 2015

Been here numerous times, and everything was always pleasant and the food is excellent. This time it was too noisy, but I'll still return..

Tags: fit for foodies
food3
ambience3
service3

Lovely neighborhood find. Charming atmos ...

vip
Dined on November 19, 2015

Lovely neighborhood find. Charming atmosphere, food is ok, need better choices of wine.

food5
ambience4
service5

Authentic, quiet and calm. Perfect meal

vip
Dined on October 29, 2015

Authentic, quiet and calm. Perfect meal

food5
ambience3
service5

Extraordinary bouillabaisse!!

vip
Dined on October 27, 2015

Extraordinary bouillabaisse!!

food5
ambience5
service5

A darling little eastside bistro

vip
Dined on October 24, 2015

this French cuisine is always 5 stars...exceptional friendly service each time we arrive.I love this cozy cafe...makes you feel like your dining in Toulouse

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5

Neighborhood gem

Dined on October 15, 2015

Excellent service and good food in a relaxed ambience conducive to good conversation. It is a neighborhood gem.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great French neighborhood restaurant

vip
Dined on October 8, 2015

Love this place. We go there every time we are in the city.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service4

Solid brunch place

vip
Dined on October 3, 2015

The brunch menu has it all - steak, burger, eggs, veggie sandwich, ham and cheese, salads, you name it. The restaurant was almost empty when we went (a Saturday at noon) and the service was great but not overbearing either. Food was good.

Tags: great for brunch
food4
ambience3
service2

Would like to try again . . .

vip
Dined on October 1, 2015

Overall, great find in upper east side area. Food and coffee was very good. Just puzzled as to why I was charged $2 extra per plate ($14) when the lunch menu stated our dishes are $12. Didn't inquire because I was with someone very special.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Great

Dined on September 30, 2015

The food was superb, the restaurant es so cozy and charming, and the service from the guy with glasses was excellent and by the way: he is so charming!

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service5

The food was great and so was the service

vip
Dined on September 20, 2015

The food was very good and the service was very attentive.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

We are always so happy to be in this war ...

vip
Dined on September 18, 2015

We are always so happy to be in this warm, lovely little restaurant. This week's lamb loin special was outstanding, as usual!

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

True Bistro

Dined on September 18, 2015

Jean Claude 2 transports you to Paris. A true bistro atmosphere and good bistro fare.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Like dining in a village near Aix en Provence

vip
Dined on September 18, 2015

Really tasty French cuisine presented beautifully in a warm cozy room. We love to dine here because of the friendly on point staff and ambiance. Thanks again

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Just Perfect

Dined on September 16, 2015

Loved the food, loved the atmosphere, the host and waiters were exceptional and truly went out of their way to accommodate us. The rabbit was perfection.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
food4
ambience3
service4

NICE LITTLE NEIGBORHOOD FIND

Dined on August 19, 2015

Frequent this restaurant for both brunch and dinner. Food is always consistently good as is the service. Would recommend for a change of pace for mid-week dining .

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service5

I went for Sunday brunch. Food was ok. T ...

Dined on August 9, 2015

I went for Sunday brunch. Food was ok. The staff is very friendly and attemptive and I felt very comfortable with my two kids. I would have to revisit and try their lunch and dinner menu in order to better rate this joint.

Tags: kid-friendly

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