2723 Broadway (104-105th street)
Nadine and Alain have been in the restaurant industry for over 40 years and all over New York City. In 2004, they decided to open up a business in the Upper West Side and as they were driving around, they found a location “very very sunny and full of light. [They] fell in love with the lighting.”
“Having found the perfect location, they opened up a family and community oriented bistro called Cafe du Soleil (cafe of the sun) and ‘quickly became a neighborhood French bistro.’”
Since 2004, Nadine an Alain have maintained their family and community orientation by employing the same staff for 6-10 years, buying French baguettes for their sandwiches from the local Silver Moon Bakery, and establishing a catering company from the kitchen of Cafe du Soleil which is run by their son.
What kind of cuisine is featured?
As Nadine and Alain as well as the rest of the staff are French, Cafe du Soleil offers authentic French food. Nadine and Alain “chose dishes [their] own mothers made” for them while growing up.
What makes Cafe Du Soleil special?
“Everything is authentic… [yet] down to earth as comfort French food”. Having the same French staff for 6-10 years, Nadine and Alain have managed to maintain a very authentic French menu!
“Welcoming is a priority.” The Cafe’s staff works hard to make friends with their customers, to provide a second home, and to get to know the regulars’ habits, tables, drinks. The truly care about their customers and takes the time to get to know them.
Not only is the restaurant owned and run by Nadine and Alain, a married couple, their son runs Voila Caterers, a catering company that “came out of the kitchen of Cafe du Soleil”. Voila Caterers serves at gatherings of 10-300 people all over New York City. Furthermore, having managed to keep the same staff for long periods of time (6-10 years), the staff is another family to Nadine and Alain.
Authentic French cuisine can get pricey, yet Cafe Du Soleil offers affordability with their great specials!
Happy Hour: $5/drink 4-7pm
Lunch Special: $14 for half a sandwich.croque and soup
Monday Mussel Night: $21 for mussels, french fries, and a glass of house wine/draft beer
Thursday Dinner Date: $79 for a 3 course meal for two + a bottle of French wine
Prix-Fixed Dinner: $35 for 3 courses (Offered Mon-Thur 4-7pm, Fri-Sat 4-6pm, Sun all night)
Columbia students get a 10% discount.
What is popular on the menu?
Soup: French onion soup
Appetizer Escargots de bourgogne, Merguez grillees
Entree: le coq au vin, moules et frites, NY strip steak and frites
Quiches: big portion and served with salad
Cafe du Soleil
2723 Broadway Ave
feature by: Seungmin (Helen) Lee