Tout Va Bien started serving hungry theatergoers in 1948, and it claims to be the oldest French bistro in the Theater District. It’s a nice casual place with some kitschy Francophile design touches that offers a very reasonable lunch pre fixe of $14.95 (for an appetizer (pate is $2 more), entrée (four choices), and dessert (four choices, two require supplement)). A dinner prix fixe is offered as well.
We thought the small space was comfortable, but the room was less than half full when we got there. Halfway through our visit a table of six chatty and somewhat loud co-workers—including one who amused his co-workers by imitating animal sounds–were seated near us and the decibel meter inched up. Still, the space was fine even after the party of six came in–it was definitely tolerable.
Other patrons aside, there was some unnecessary music from a radio station playing in the background, but the volume was very low. A flat screen tv showed a soccer game but the sound was turned off so it did not contribute to the soundscape. We found the space to be surprisingly tolerable given the fairly low tin ceilings, fake brick walls, and tile floor. The upholstered banquettes and wood paneling must have absorbed or deflected some of the sound.
Tout Va Bien occupies a small space with not many tables, so unless the place is packed with it should be manageable. Certainly a Thursday lunch was fine, and we would recommend it for a pre-theatre dinner or a reasonable prix fixe lunch.