A Theater District faux-French establishment with over a decade of history. For some reason, the combination of good enough food in a nice enough space with efficient enough servers is just enough to keep this place running.
Cafe Un Deux Trois has set itself up to be a bustling business lunch destination. And that's probably in its favor, since when you're busy discussing the day's deals, you're less likely to notice the otherwise ordinary food than if you were sitting down to dinner.
Nonetheless, a few successful dishes have made a lunch at the café more pleasant than not. The fried calamari was a tender start, surprisingly crispy for a space whose faux columns and plaster motifs on the walls suggest something less than authenticity, and the Salade de Poulet with warm, grilled chicken, marinated sundried tomatoes, red onions, and basil on a bed of mixed greens with a creamy garlic aioli was a lovely, richly comforting option.
For any other time of the day, I wouldn't give Cafe Un Deux Trois a second thought, but for the occasional lunch where food is going to be secondary to the discussion anyway, it's alright.