We have been patrons of Cafe Loup for at least 15-18 years. We were there before they renovated, which was probably over 10-12 years ago. The place is a classic.
To us, Cafe Loup is our neighborhood restaurant, years ago we actually traveled to go there. The food is always good. The ultimate bistro. You can't go wrong. There is always a list of specials. The duck special, which is on their frequently is fantastic. The mussels are always a bit hit. You can't go wrong with steak. The french fries are thin and crispy. The fish is always good too. They keep the menu fresh and the entrees up with the latest trends, For instance, they will make a fish with a miso sauce. The plate is always well balanced. Protein, starch and vegetables.
The wine list is good. The scotch list is long. Oysters are always available. The salads are simple and good. Honestly, I have never had a bad meal there. That is probably why they have survived through all the different trends in New York City. My guess, Cafe Loup could be around as long as the owners (who couldn't be nicer) decide they have had enough. I am just glad they are still open and just around the corner.