Review: Downtown Restaurant at Disneyland Paris From March 2023 Visit (Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel)
Downtown Restaurant inside Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel is one of our favorite restaurants at Disneyland Paris, and we try to dine there each trip. It can also be one of the harder restaurants to make reservations for. This is my third time reviewing the restaurant since it opened in June 2021 as part of the remodel of Disney’s Hotel New York to add the immersive Marvel theming.
Our review of Downtown Restaurant at Disneyland Paris is from a March 2023 meal.
Downtown Restaurant was originally the Parkside Diner at Disney’s Hotel New York. The restaurant is on the lobby level of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, not far from the Manhattan Restaurant. Downtown Restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Prices went up at many restaurants a few months back. Downtown Restaurant costs 45€. We do receive a discount with our Infinity Annual Pass. This is inclusive of tax and gratuity (though we leave a small additional gratuity when dining). I think the price is still a good value for the restaurant.
We were fortunate to have a dining time at opening, 6:00 p.m. I do highly recommend reservations, there is no guarantee of walk-ups being accepted. Usually it is hard for us to find a reservation (unless it is like at 9:30 p.m. or later), since we stay offsite and reservations can only be made in that case for 60 days and under. I have heard that the buffet gets taken away not that long after the latest seating (which can be close to 11 p.m.), so I recommend trying to reserve earlier than that.
The 30th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris is still in effect, and this menu reflects that.
I often order a glass of the Disneyland Paris 30th Anniversary Cuvée when dining at a table service restaurant. There are also some other wines, beers, and soft drinks that can be seen on the menu a few photos up.
One cold drink or mineral water is included with the meal. There are no drink refills, but you can request a carafe of tap water or order another beverage.
The paper mats feature Marvel characters and the napkins are branded to the hotel.
There is a lengthy buffet to choose from, with the items divided into American, Italian and Chinese food items. I am showing what was available during our visit in March. Most items are the same as with other visits, but not everything.
As with all French restaurants, bread is available. And as at most buffets we have visited at Disneyland Paris recently, the bread is off to the side and easier to miss.
One item I do enjoy each visit to the Downtown Restaurant is the cheeseburger (I take the cheese off for mine). The flavor is always very nice.
There were vegetables nearby, including corn and roasted potatoes. To the right in back, there were crispy (fried) potatoes.
I always go back for seconds on the roasted potatoes.
The crispy potatoes were Mickey shaped.
There are Vegan items on the buffet. This one is called “vegan pan fried” and it looks like tofu and vegetables. I didn’t try it.
The BBQ chicken wings are a must for Jeff.
This is the potato with white summer truffle cheese. There are a number of ways to have potatoes at Downtown Restaurant.
There were green beans.
Gnocchi with porcini mushrooms, zucchini and carrots.
There are several types of soup available.
I didn’t try the purple cauliflower soup.
Next is the condiment area, including butter.
The beef brisket was pretty good. It didn’t have as much flavor as some dishes, but it was tender.
There are plenty of salad options, including this Waldorf Salad.
There was a large container of Gorgonzola cheese.
There was more bread – focaccia.
Red quinoa salad.
Cheeses were available that included cheddar and pepper jack.
Coleslaw salad with pastrami and cranberries.
I always take a bowl of the minestrone soup (which is vegan).
Jeff enjoyed the roasted salmon.
The eggplant parmigian was quite good.
There was macaroni and cheese along with potato gnocchi. In the background, garlic bread.
I think the pizza at Downtown Restaurant is quite good. There are always several types when we are there. This is cured ham pinsa.
Pinsa with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil.
Continuing in the Italian section is pasta.
Tortelloni with cheese and pesto cream sauce.
There were beef meatballs (left) and a bolognaise sauce (right).
Pizzas were being made nearby.
Cured meats are next.
Tomato and mozzarella di bufala salad.
Asian-style crab salad.
Vegan tofu salad.
Anchovy fillet marinated in garlic and parsley.
There was one other soup and it also has been here each visit for us – vegan noodle soup with black mushrooms. I like this one a lot too.
Jeff really likes the roast duck.
Sauted noodles with vegetables.
There was a vegetable with coriander stir-fry and shrimp with chili sauce.
This is my first plate. I took a mini burger (it is the size of a slider), a small piece of corn, some potatoes and beef.
Jeff had some duck, cheese and salads.
This was our view until it got busy. The restaurant isn’t decorated in a fancy way (the nearby Manhattan Restaurant is elegant).
Jeff also took the dim sum.
Here is a look at the minestrone soup. It is a thinner soup, which I prefer.
My next plate included another slice of beef and potatoes, along with vegetables, pizza, and garlic bread.
Jeff took some of the same items, and also chicken wings and the crispy potato.
The included soda came out in a bottle.
Desserts are Instagram ready and also delicious.
There is a Minnie Mouse dessert for the 20th Anniversary.
I didn’t try the cheesecake, there were too many options (just like the regular food).
I tried a bit of the red velvet cake, which was very nice (but a standard red velvet, nothing exceptional).
There are Marvel themed treats, like this white chocolate mousse with Speculoos (Biscoff). I wish I had tried this one, next time.
There were small donuts.
The Baby Groot dessert was not as good as previous visits. Prior, the Groot was a biscuit which went very well with the chocolate mousse. This time, it was like a chocolate bar of Groot. It didn’t go as well together. I hope this is temporary.
There was tiramisu.
The chocolate cannolis are delicious, with hazelnut. A lot of desserts have a hazelnut chocolate flavor at Disneyland Paris, and I don’t mind that.
This is a cup that includes coconut and mango.
The Captain America panna cotta is always a must-get each visit.
The 30th Anniversary macaron tower is at all the buffets, so I don’t tend to indulge here.
There is also fruit.
Jeff made a plate of themed desserts – some Marvel, some Disneyland Paris 30th Anniversary. Thor’s hammer is actually a very good dessert.
One of these trips we’ll eat at Downtown Restaurant twice instead of just once, to try a wider variety of items. It is my favorite restaurant to visit at Disneyland Paris. Whenever we recommend it to friends, they end up going back on subsequent trips. While we think Pym Kitchen in Avengers Campus is much better themed, we like the food a bit better here.
Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel is a fantastic redo of Disney’s Hotel New York and the restaurants are very nice as well (and we like the Skyline Bar). I recommend checking out the boutique as well.