Le Bilboquet: New York Favorite Coming to Worth Avenue

By Maribel Alvarez

Le Bilboquet

Philippe Delgrange greeting guests at New York’s Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet Palm Beach

To me, by far the most exciting news to hit Palm Beach is the arrival of my favorite restaurant in New York, Le Bilboquet, soon to open on Worth Avenue’s charming Via Encantada.  The restaurant’s team is currently finalizing the remodeling of the entire via, recreating Le Bilboquet’s iconic bistro ambiance to offer guests the unique dining experience which Philippe Delgrange has become famous for.  This season, New Yorkers leaving their homes in the Hamptons and flats in the city will continue to enjoy the bistro classics such as their signature Foie Gras,  Poulet Cajun, Tuna Tartare, Endives Roquefort, Sag Harbor’s favorite Moules Marinières,  and my personal favorite, Beef Tartare with Frites!


Le Bilboquet:  Down Memory Lane

I remember when Philippe opened the first Le Bilboquet  back in 1986, on 63rd Street between Madison and Park, across from the Lowell Hotel.  With just twenty tables, Le Bilboquet became a sensation overnight!  From that day on, excited guests packed the tiny bistro while groups huddled under the untitled green canopy waiting  for a seat to be vacated.  Unfortunately for them, no one would be in a rush to leave!  I insisted in booking the restaurant for my 30th birthday celebration!  A night I will never forget!

Fun fact:  Not only was there no title on the canopy when it was first opened, but there wasn’t a kitchen either!  You only knew it was there, if you were in the know, and it was all about the salads, a soup of the day, copious servings of rosé wine and of course multiple espressos to make up for the wine! 

Le Bilboquet, circa 1988

Le Bilboquet Brand

With Philippe Delgrange at the helm, it’s no surprise that in addition to the flagship restaurant on 60th and Madison, which is arguably the most coveted dining destination in New York City, Le Bilboquet’s success is today evident in Sag Harbor, Atlanta, Dallas and come December, Palm Beach!

Philippe Delgrange  came to the US in the early 70s and got his start in the hospitality b working for what would become the famous Atrium Club. One year later, celebrity night club owner Regine came calling. Eventually, he would leave Regine’s and join one of Madison Avenue most famous French eateries, Le Relais.  However, the urge to start his own establishment was too strong and so in 1986, Philippe opened Le Bilboquet on East 63rd with just twenty tables. Today, Le Bilboquet, on East 60th street, has more than one hundred and twenty seats and is considered to be one of the most difficult reservations to get in Manhattan. Le Bilboquet, is not only a beloved neighborhood French bistro, but a true New York City institution.

Philippe Delgrange

Palm Beach welcomes Philippe’s vision, charisma, warm personality and dedication to service!

Expected opening December 2020.  Stay tuned for more!

Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet, New York
20 East 60th Street
Tel: 212.751.3036
IG: @lebilboquetny

Fleming by Le Bilboquet

Fleming by Le Bilboquet
27 East 62nd Street

Cafe Le Bilboquet

Cafe Bilboquet
26 East 60th Street
IG: @cafebilboquet

Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet Sag Harbor
1 Long Wharf
Tel: 631.808.3767

Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet, Atlanta
3027 Boiling Way NE
Tel: 404.869.9944
IG: @lebilboquetatlanta

Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet, Dallas
4514 Travis St,  #124
Tel: 469.730.2937
IG: @lebilboquetdallas

Le bilboquet Denver

Le Bilboquet Denver
299 St Paul Street
Tel:  303.835.9999