Petite Abeille

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Petite AbeillePetite Abeille

Type: Bar, Eatery

401 East 20th Street
New York, New York, 10010
United States

(212) 727-1505 | map

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by BeTheBall:
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in Sunday afternoon after much walking in the sun for a cold one with my daughter who lives just down the street.
The place was not busy at all, being 4:00 Sunday afternoon on a holiday weekend. We sat at the bar. A manager was there with a friend drinking Scaldis, and they had the music blasting which was wierd, and a little annoying, but when they left the friendly bartender turned it down some.
Taps numbered maybe 12, mostly Belgian, and went from Stella to Palm to Delerium Tremens to Leffe brown and blonde, etc. The other side of the menu had more Belgian bottles, a nice selection. I had the Delerium Tremens and my daughter had a Leffe Blonde; $18 for two beers. Quite expensive in my book, but the beer was great, and I love the fact that when I visit my daughter there is world class ale at the end of her block.
We did not try any food. The bartender was quite nice, and literally had nobody else at the bar afer his manager left. We talked about beer and I told about some great Boston spots to hit when he visits.
So, delicious beer, but at a high price. Personally, I would be back for 1 or 2 at most, but would not spend any long amount of time drinking here because of their high prices. As a tourist I can't compare to other NYC bars with similar beers, but no place in Boston charges this much.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutBoi
4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of DavidHume
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jxhill
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Petite Abeille is pretty straightforward -- a Belgian-style place with a modest but mouth-watering Belgian menu and an excellent list of Belgian beers. I've been a regular for years.

The steaks, frites, mussels... everything's excellent. And it's even better when washed down with a nice Tripel Karmeliet or a Kwak. And a nice Kasteel or Delirium to end the night.

There are a couple of locations and they are all pretty cozy and get busy, but I've never had a problem with service. One night of the week (I can't remember which) they have all-you-can-eat mussels. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a great place to have in the neighbourhood. 5 Belgians on tap and another 30-40 in the bottle. A great selection and they have each specialty glass for every beer which is a nice touch. The service is very warm and friendly, the bartender smoking hot to boot. The food was decent, moules were average and i did enjoy the buffalo frogs legs. If you enjoy Belgian beer, get here quick. It has a good 'hood type feel with plenty of locals stradling up to the bar for a drink, read or conversation

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Photo of Hautacam
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Had to try this place because I heard they not only have Belgian beers , but also have "the best Mac and cheese in NYC "...Ok , so maybe that's not Belgian...and anyway , wasn't available on the brunch menu.
The place is very clean , nice bright open space...taps with InBev stuff mostly. Had a Leffe Brune , which always tastes good to me.
It was an unusually warm Nov. day , so we ate outdside.
Service was polite and fast. Three of us had the Vol au Vent..a Belgian puff pastry topped with chicken, bacon and a light white suace....very good...portion just right for lunch. Came with nice crispy frites. A good lunch , although pricey. No one complained.
The atmosphere is pretty cool ...lot's of comics on the walls.
probably the cleanest bathrooms in NYC.
We will go back for the Mac and Cheese.

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Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Started out just me and Randy at the Waterfront Ale House, and picked up Mike and Davida at Rolf's. Through sheer cunning and ingenuity, we escaped the Black Forest, and later found us a felon named Phil at Gramercy Tavern. By the time we hit Petite Abeille, we were a large unruly mob, a force of five to be reckoned with, uh huh...
Now, this Petite Abeille is not so petite at all. You been to the site on Hudson Street? You could fit about a dozen of that one in here. It's pretty damn spacious. I suppose the name "Enormous Abeille" is too tough to market though. It's a large corner space, with a whole lot of window. A smallish "L" shaped bar seats 7 against the far wall, and a bar counter sits adjacent. Otherwise, it's sectioned seating areas to the front and running the length of the room to the side along the windows, and an area to the rear beneath the pale yellow inner walls. Roughly 3 dozen small blue & white checker covered tableclothed tables throughout. The bar has mirrored back walls, with shelves holding booze and all the appropriate glassware. 2 flatscreens over the bar and drop spotlighting above.
Belgian comics, posters and prints in the hallway, framed cartoon drawings & caricatures in the bathrooms, and music, something being sung in French.
5 taps on a single tower (Leffe Brune & Blonde, DeKoninck Ale, Hoegaarden, Stella), and about 3 dozen bottles (Gouden Carlous, DeKoninck Ale & Cuvee, Kwak, Chimay, Chouffe, Corsendonk, Delirium Tremons & Nocturnum, Stella, Westmalle, Duvel, Maredsous 8 & 10, Lucifer, Caracole Nostradamus, Scaldis, Corsendonk Pale & Brown, Orval, Kasteel, Rochefort 8 & 10, Tripel Karmeliet, Grimbergen, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Bon Secours, Grotten, Gueze Boon, 4 Lindeman's and a domestic, Ommegang Rare Vos). The beer menu lists the bottle selection by style (Amber, Trappist, Lambics, Strong Golden Ales, Abbeys), and the tap selections and wines are listed on a blackboard to the left of the bar. Hey!! 2 for 1 on the tap beers just now. And salza and chips on the bar, for me, for free, woo-hoo!
Had a look over the food menu. Breakfast (Belgian waffles, eggs), lunch (salads, sandwiches), and dinner (apps, entrees); Everything appears to be in order.
Clean, well lit, and comfortable, with lots of room to spread out and be. A good early afternoonish kind of place.

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Photo of TheJudge
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my second of this chain, and the home branch. It is open for breakfast lunch and dinner, and I can't wait to have breakfast here.

Like the West Broadway location, it is a bright yellow color, with a friendly staff. A wood bar that would seat about 20,, this is a much larger place than the others. Had a nice talk with the owner. 5 taps (standard stuff, stella, leffe, hoegarden, etc), about 33 bottles all belgian. Owner says a swill is gonna come on tap due to popular demand. Likely Miller or Coors light. Hey, he's gotta pay the bills.

Great eupopean menue, had a great special salad for lunch. As with the other location, beer specific and appropriate glasswear, glass cleaner, and a monday 1/2 price special on all belgian beer.

I willl be making my way back here.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This now is the Petite Abeille main home base in the city. The 14th st location is closed. This is by far the largest Petit Abeille in town. Rectangulear corner spot, its a bright well lit space, with a waffles/sweets counter in the rear, lots of tables along all the street facing windows and a medium sized u-shaped bar along the interior wall. Lots of Belgian cartoon guy Tin-Tin art work all over the place. Flat screen TV with the game on at the bar. 5 Belgs. on tap, 30 bottles. Didnt try the food at this location, but the menu is chock full of Belgian mainstays. They also do Belgian wafles. The staff is friendly and helpful. Fun place for a meal, with a date, with the family or just to suck down a few well served brews in appropriate glassware.

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