Petite Abeille - Chelsea

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Petite Abeille - ChelseaPetite Abeille - Chelsea

Type: Bar, Eatery

44 W 17th St
New York, New York, 10011-5700
United States

(212) 727-2989 | map

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Added by NutBrown on 11-21-2006

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by david18:
Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Never heard of this place. My wife told me about it. They have no draft beer (like B-cafe or Bruxelle or Markt) but a very impressive bottles list. A bit expensive but they had many of the beers in two sizes. Everything was from belgium except for a couple of ommegangs. Seem to have the right glass for each brand and the temperature was perfect.

Food was also amazing. Very interesting selection of waffles and eggs as well as numerous other things. My wife got the ham, tommato and gruyere omlette, which came with mashed carrots and potatos. Very good.

I would recommend this place for lunch or mid afternoon!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutBoi
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of morebeergood
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

First stop on a recent NYC pub crawl. Very cozy, European style decor inside. Beer selection was good, with all Belgians on tap, but mostly mainstream choices. They had Sixpoint on tap, which was their house beer. Food was pretty good, but seemed a bit small for the price. Service was outstanding. The bar tender was friends with a buddy of mine, and he really took care of us. Prices were on par with NYC, so at the higher end. A good place for lunch.

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Photo of knightlypint
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great place. Avoid the backyard seating area during the summer, mosquitoes. but other than that a pleasant place.

Most of the beers are only available in bottles. This a good thing in NYC because most places don't do a good job with their tap beers. Besides, most Belgians age well in the bottle. Food quality is also solid. PA usually has Ommegang beers on tap, as well as bottles. Avoid PA's tap beers in general, they're not good.

Service is great, accomodating and friendly staff. PA has a special every weeknight, half price Belgian beer on Monday, so the staff can sometimes get overloaded, but they hold up well.

About 30 quality Belgian beers in bottles, best to go Monday to take advantage of the half-price beers. Duvel for $5 a bottle, can't beat that. Small wine selection available too, for the ladies.

Food is good, especially the burgers and fries.

Good value for your money at PA, on a slow night it can be a good place to take a date.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Worked across from this place for a year, then ended up working across from it for another year, a year later. Petite Abeille was a pretty consistent after-work haunt for us, and an occasional spot for off-site business.

By day they serve up a modest lunch fair, along with pre-made baked-goods (nothing compared to City Bakery on 18th), pre-made sandwiches (nothing compared to City Baker on 18th) and pre-made coffee (nothing compared to City Bakery on 18th (I swear I don't work for City Bakery)).

By night they fill the counter with ice, and then fill the ice with bottle after bottle of tasty Belgians, and a menu serving up the finest belgian fries to the west of 5th avenue (Pommes Frites on 2nd Ave crushes this place, but then again, Pommes Frites doesn't have beer).

Petite Abeille has the expected Belgians (Rochefort 6/8/10, Kwak, Duvel, St. Bernardus, Duchesse De Bourgogne, etc) in the expected glassware (first place I ever had a Kwak in a Kwak glass ... which gives it a special place in my heart). It's a pretty good spot to grab a beer (although the stuy-town location is far superior) in a neighborhood that otherwise would be limited to Lillie's, a Victorian Irish Establishment.

This place could be damn good (which I believe the stuy-town location is) were they to have taps, for a beer bar serving only bottles, the selection is unfortunately par-for-the-course (read: there is nothing here I don't have in a fridge/cellar at home)

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Photo of Nickls
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Had the chance to stop in here earlier this evening for a pretty quick brew.

The atmosphere was decent enough, and Nerofiddled provides a stellar description of the interior. Cozy enough on the cleaner, slightly upscale side, which was OK. Otherwise didn't seem too remarkable. Definitely more of a restaurant feel than a beer bar, though it was totally fine to stop in for a brew and not food.

Sadly, did not have time for a bite to eat, but the food I saw both looked and smelled nice.

Service was prompt and courteous enough, but I didn't really test them out on beer knowledge. The current bottle list was written on a large chalkboard along with pricing. Nothing terribly interesting, but a solid selection of Belgian, and in some cases, Belgian-style brews.

I do have to say that the pricing was a bit high relative to other beer bars in the city with much better bottle and draft selections. I think $12 for a 11.2oz bottle of Orval is just a bit too much. Was able to still have a nice brew for $8 (12oz. Hennepin), which was cool.

There was a nice seating area outside in the back, and that always holds points for me.

Overall, a decent stop, but not one that I would rush to revisit. Recommended if you are nearby, but be ready to drop a few bucks.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Petite Abielle means "little bee" and refers to a Belgian cartoon character. There are 4 locations in the city. "Tin Tin" is also featured prominently in their decor, and they somethimes play Tin Tin cartoons on the wide-screen TV in the dining room.

Beyond that it's a very warmly decorated place with cream-yellow walls, a checkered tile floor, and white bead-board along the walls. The details, like the Tin Tin cartoons, Petite Abielle books, and luggage racks from antique trains give it a fun feel. (Addition 12/12/10: I'm pretty sure they've redecorated; and they've certainly added a back room with a fireplace which is very nice).

That said, it's a good place to take kids, and I really see it as a more casual restaurant. Brunch with Belgian waffles and the little ones? Who could pass that up? Especially when dad can enjoy an Orval!

The beer selection is good. Nothing crazy.
Some examples:
On tap: Stella / Leffe Blonde / Hoegaarden $7
Ommegang $8 (I think they have one other American Belgian)
Grimbergen Blonde or Brune $8
Duvel $9 / $22
Kwak $9 / $21
Orval $12
Lindeman's Kriek, Framboise, etc $14
I do like that they have a selection of larger bottles though as some places don't offer that.

What food I've had has been very good, and I especially enjoy the Belgian onion soup as it's thicker than French onion. They also run specials: Monday night is 1/2 price Belgian beers. Tuesday they offer 1/2 priced bottles of wine. Wednesday is "All You Can Eat" mussels. And Thursday is Lobster night.

The downside is bad service. The servers appear very happy and friendly and on-top of things at the start, but they don't seem to be able to keep it up. It's always minor things, but none-the-less. (Addition 12/12/10: The service I enjoyed today was excellent all around, including the bussers. I've changed my scoring).

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Petite Abeille - Chelsea in New York, NY
3.95 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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