Welcome to L'Ecole

Before greats like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Dan Barber entered the culinary industry, they were students who dazzled diners at L’Ecole. As one of New York City’s premier restaurants, offering a top-quality dining experience at a great value, L’Ecole is where students of The International Culinary Center’s culinary arts program impress guests with their cooking on a daily basis. Reserve your table today before our students take the industry by storm.

THE RESTAURANT

Behind every meal at L’Ecole is the passion and dedication of over 60 Chef-Instructors and students from every corner of the school.

As a true collaboration between the Culinary, Pastry, and Bread departments at The International Culinary Center, L’Ecole is where the skills and training of our students shine through in thoughtfully prepared and elegantly presented dishes created with the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients.

If you love great food, there’s no place better than L’Ecole to get an upscale meal at a surprisingly reasonable price.

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT L'ECOLE

The International Culinary Center, founded in 1984 as The French Culinary Institute, has prepared some of the best classically trained cooks in the industry. Our deans–Jacques Pépin, André Soltner, Alain Sailhac, David Kinch, Emily Luchetti, José Andrés, and Jacques Torres–are culinary legends who help to oversee the acclaimed, innovative curriculum that includes L’Ecole as a training ground for our most senior Culinary Arts students.

Students work at every station in our restaurant kitchens as part of their rigorous education (six months by day or nine months at night). This means that in a fraction of the time it takes other schools, they are industry ready when they graduate.

After training in our cutting-edge facilities with our team of passionate, veteran chef-instructors, students embrace the challenge to cook for discerning guests in a working restaurant. And diners at L’Ecole love the excitement of being served delicious meals by students who could go on to become the next celebrated culinary icons.

The International Culinary Center is home to many disciplines, from Career and Amateur to Wine Studies and Restaurant Management. While only Culinary Arts students cook on the line in L’Ecole, every student learns hands-on techniques and theory while using top-notch ingredients and the latest technologies.

We invite you to tour our kitchens for a behind-the-scenes look at the school's many programs. Contact us at 888.324.2433 to schedule an appointment or join the group tour departing at 3:00pm each weekday from the Admission Office (462 Broadway, 4th Floor).

AWARDS

Zagat®®

Out of a possible 30, each score falls under "Very Good to Excellent." Food 25 - One of SoHo’s top food ratings Decor 20 Service 24

2014 Michelin® Bib Gourmand

L'Ecole received its sixth consecutive Bib Gourmand in the 2014 Michelin® Guide. Indicating an inspector favorite for good value, the rating means you can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert (not including tax and gratuity) for around $40.

2013 Wine Spectator

Award of Excellence
Only wine lists with quality producers are given this prestigious award. L’Ecole was recognized for offering a diversity of wines that appeal to a wide range of palates while maintaining a thematic match to our menu in both price and taste.

Best of Award of Excellence
Exceeding the requirements of the Award of Excellence, our wine list was awarded for its superior presentation, display of vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, and excellent breadth across several wine regions.

Wine Enthusiast

Award of Unique Distinction
Restaurants are judged on their personnel, storage methods, stemware choices, service options, special events, menus, size and scope of their wine lists, and more. L’Ecole was recognized for its superior rating in all of these categories and for being among those restaurants in the United States most enthusiastic about wine.

Crystal Beverages Awards

Award of Merit for Best Cocktail List
The Crystal Beverage Awards honor the best on-premise beverage programs across the United States. L’Ecole was recognized for its diverse and appetizing cocktail list, including its groundbreaking Red-Hot Ale and other heated spirits.

Trip Advisor

Reviewers named L’Ecole as one of top 25 favorite restaurant in New York City in the 2012 Traveler’s Choice Awards.

TOP REVIEWS & PRESS

People - July 2014

L'Ecole's fries were picked among the "15 Best French Fries in America" on People.com. "In the spirit of the French Open," they "teamed up with Tennis Channel to find the best fried spuds in country" and enlisted "some of the most famous French chefs in the world to weigh in: Le Bernadin’s Eric Ripert, Mr. Chocolate Jacques Torres, Cronut creator Dominique Ansel, cookbook author and TV chef Jacques Pépin, Daniel’s Daniel Boulud, pastry chef François Payard" and more. Read more

USA Today – June 2014

Along with choices spanning the globe, we’re proud to have our place on USA Today’s list of the top seven “Greatest Culinary School Restaurants Around the World.” Read More

People.com – May 2014

Our Russet Potato French Fries are called “addictive,” deserving an “A-plus” on People.com’s list of “15 Best French Fries in America.” Read More

Veteran Restaurateur Takes the Helm at L’Ecole, 2014

L’Ecole is thrilled to have Joseph Scalice as our new General Manager.Along with Chef Wayne Nish, Joe owned the highly-regarded March Restaurant for seventeen years. Touted as a Master of American Dining Room Service and winner of seven consecutive Wine Spectators Awards, he’s a James Beard Wine Service Award nominee and serves on the Sommelier Society of America.

Michelin Guide Recommended 2014

“Inspired and led by the dedicated students, L’Ecole’s creations are naturally insightful...The large glass windows overlook a bustling intersection, and people-watchers vie for these seats.”

Zagat 2014

“’Eager students’ cook for you at this ‘charming’…. restaurant in Soho, with ‘delicious’ execution...’”

New York Resident — December 2013

“Discover the next top chef while dining at L’Ecole...a mere bargain in the city for haute French cuisine that really showcases the talents of the students. Leave room for dessert as the ICC has one of the best pastry programs in the country.”

Columbia Daily Spectator — November 2013

“The food at L’Ecole is evidence of its students’ talent and potential, offering soon-to-be-star-chef cuisine at a fraction of the price.”

Gothamist — 2013

Gothamist declares the "very best lobsters in the world" (The Fourchu) are back in NYC and are brought to you by yours truly, L'Ecole.

Traveler’s Choice Award – 2012

The votes are in for Trip Advisor’s 2012 Traveler’s Choice Awards, and reviewers named L’Ecole as one of their top 25 restaurants in New York City.

Serious Eats – May 2010

L'Ecole receives "top marks" for our three-course prix fixe lunch in their regular review column.

NY1 – October 2009

NY1's Zagat Reviews offered an inside look at L'Ecole. The spot showed students cooking as part of their curriculum and spoke to the chef-instructors overseeing their work.

HOURS AND RESERVATIONS

To make a reservation contact us at 212.219.3300 or visit Open Table.

BRUNCH

Saturdays, 11:00am - 3:00pm

LUNCH

Monday to Friday, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

DINNER

Professional Menu
Monday to Saturday, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Student Menu
Monday to Saturday 7:30pm – 9:45pm