As comfortable as an old shoe, this Theater District bistro has been serving authentic French cuisine since the 1950s. Not much has changed since it ... More
As comfortable as an old shoe, this Theater District bistro has been serving authentic French cuisine since the 1950s. Not much has changed since it opened, and there is nothing contemporary about the steak with onions and blue cheese, or the mussels in cream sauce. The mostly older patrons like things just the way they are. Service is attentive, and the space is appropriately adorned with murals depicting the Napoleonic Era.
This place is an unassuming, unpretentious gift to New Yorkers who love Paris and the finest French cuisine. I have walked by for 6 years, oblivious to the gastronomic perfection hidden behind the simple facade.
On a whim, a friend and I entered, seeking an authentic French meal. We began with the Escargots de Bourgogne. The fragrance met our table before the plate and we each smiled. They were perfection and I had to use my bread to get the last drops of the delicate garlic butter sauce. Next I had the Steak de Venaison (Seasonal Venison steak served with green peppercorn sauce) thinly sliced and wonderful. My companion had the Crevettes Marseillaise (Shrimp in a unique tomato and tarragon sauce, with rice). The shrimp were grilled to the ideal firmness and a subtle, creamy tomato tarragon sauce was so wonderful we had it on the bread until it was gone and the plate clean. We closed the meal with a Grand Marnier Soufflé which stood at least 3 or 4 inches above the dish. Our waitress sliced it open, poured in the Grand Marnier mixture and our mouths watered. The soufflé was light, with a hint of citrus, just the right amount of sweetness and the fragrance of the liquor had us ready to lick the dish and regretting that we had agreed to share only one.
The service was attentive and she kept us laughing.
Our new favorite restaurant in New York!
A delightful and charming experience. We just stumbled upon it on a side street! Walking through the door, you could swear you were in Paris...the decor, the music, the house table wine. The food is delicious (we had veal) and the service was friendly but professional. The prix fixe menu is a great deal. Our chocolate mousse and creme caramel were perfect. We can't wait to return, and to try something else!! Run, don't wait...Great place before or after the theatre.
The restaurant was delightful. It has an unpretentious charm, one rarely finds in French restaurants in New York City.
The staff was welcoming, courteous and helpful throughout the meal. They did not hover, but were always available.
The meal was wonderful. Each of our party of four was very pleased with his/her selection. A true value for the price. The chef was a lovely lady of a certain age who prepared the meal with pride in her heritage and joy in her art. Highly recommended.
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