The Odeon is one of those tried & true Tribeca staples that has stood the test of time since being opened by Keith McNally in 1980. The space is a lively bistro with big chrome banquets, white table clothes and outdoor seating. It feels like old New York in the best way. The menu mainly consists of French bistro classics like oysters, steak frite, frisee salad and steak tartare. Breakfast and lunch are served daily with brasserie favorites like croque monsieur, moules frites and french onion soup. Great for a business lunch, group dinner or solo bar dining.
This Lincoln Center restaurant has been in operation for 7 years. Originally opened by chef Jonathan Beno of Per Se, the restaurant recently exchanged hands and is now being helmed by chef Shea Gallante. The glass walled space is large and elegant, with a sprawling open kitchen separating the 3 dining rooms. The space feels more modern than other upscale venues of its type. Following suit, the deceptively simple menu is contemporary; nothing feels over worked or exceedingly fussy. Beautiful renditions of Italy’s classic dishes are all over the menu like an insanely creamy burrata and perfectly cooked fresh pappardelle & garganelli. Entrees are a decent size, the best of which is the bistecca in padella -sirloin of beef, grilled sugarloaf chicory, spring onions & maitake mushrooms. This meal will set you back, but it is a lovely experience worth having if you want to be a bit fancy for the evening.
After years of wild success as the executive chef at The Modern, Gabriel Kreuther struck out on his own and opened his namesake in 2015 north of Bryant Park. The space is elegant with high ceilings & towering arrangements of flowers . A tiled walkway separates the white table clothed fine dining room from the more casual bar with leather banquets. The Alsatian-inspired menu is nothing short of luxurious, with impeccable service to match. The food is very sophisticated & beautifully plated with specks of foie gras, caviar and lobster everywhere. Although the bill is costly, the dining experience is truly a unique one. The popularity of the restaurant proves that fine dining is not dead and can be modernized.
CROSTINI- wild mushrooms, red onion, watercress, ricotta salata
THAI DOG - pork, green papaya slaw, peanuts, chili sauce, cilantro
THE YANKEE BURGER - 7 oz beef patty with iceberg, tomato & vidalia onion on a sesame bun, essex st. pickle, vermont cheddar, crispy house-cured bacon, fries
Sea bass - avocado, celery
Charcuterie & pâtés selection - cornichons & Dĳon mustard
Tarte flambée - Alsatian thin crust, onions & bacon
Croque Monsieur/Madame - mixed greens
Cheeseburger- pomme frites
Salmon Eggs Benedict
Proscuitto and Truffle Eggs Benedict
French toast, fruit
Yogurt & granola, fresh fruit
Comté/black truffle coquillette pasta
Viennoiserie basket -croissant, pain au chocolat, brioche pecan/praliné Kouign-amann, bread with house made jams
Escargots De Bourgogne - Parsley, butter, lemon, garlic & shallot
Fritures De Calamar - Fried squid, spicy mayo & fresh lemon
Steak Tartare - Prime tenderloin, capers, shallots, parsley & quail egg
Steak Frites Aux Poivres - 14 oz dry aged New York strip, four peppercorn cream sauce & french fries
Gratin de Pommes de Terre
Epinards a la Creme
99 7TH AVENUE SOUTH, New York, NY
Phone: Call 212-837-1616
Every neighborhood needs a charming French bistro. If you’re taking a stroll down tree-lined Christopher street and find yourself craving such an atmosphere, I highly recommend you pop inside. The interior screams “come have a date here.” The floors and bar are lined with oak, the walls with brick, and the massive floor to ceiling windows make the space feel open and breezy.
The menu is traditional French café fare with country classics. No real surprises here, but you didn’t come to have a culinary adventure. You came because you have a preconceived notion about what is on a French bistro menu and you want it to be given to you. Escargot, steak tartar, and mussels with loads of Bordeax and Burgundy wine. To my delight, they serve brunch 7 days a week and have an ample menu of eggs dishes and croques. Here’s what we had:
Baked eggs - tomato, red and green chillies, portobello mushrooms,
Madame - prosciutto cotto, gryere cheese, egg
Pappardelle - portelini mushrooms, brown butter, parmesan, white truffle oil
Steak Frites - NY strip, french fries, herbs de provence, whole grain mustard
Wallflower is adorable. It’s a tiny café situated in the place that does adorable tiny cafes better than anywhere, New York’s West Village. You can find it tucked just off of Greenwich on West 12th St without a sign out front. Inside the space you’ll find a small marble bar serving great craft cocktails from Xavier Herit previously of Daniel. To your left, the slender dining room is lined with antique mirrors and gold tinned ceilings.
The menu is listed out as though it were my own personal rendition of “these are a few of my favorite things.” The menu is new American, small plates, full of craveable ingredients making it hard to not order every dish, You’ll find things like “hamachi crudo, watermelon, jalapeno, ponzu, shiso” and “trout, corn & fava succotash, lardons.” It is food with wildly complimentary ingredients without pretension or fuss. For brunch, they take a stab at having a menu that is at least marginally less predictable than most other restaurants. I was thrilled to find my childhood favorite, toad-in-a-hole, updated with gooey pimento cheese and thick cut luscious bacon. This is a great place if you want to lay low and have a casual meal in the neighborhood that does it better than anyone. Here’s what we had:
Stick bun, royal icing, thyme
Heirloom tomato salad, blue cheese, olive croutons, opal basil
Bacon quesadilla, fried egg, jalapeno, tomato salsa, pepperjack cheese
Toad-in-a-hole, pimento cheese, double-cut bacon, egg, roasted fingerlings
Shrimp & grits with smoked cherry tomatoes
Caramelized bread pudding, drunken cream, Nutela, strawberry jam
Cookies & coffee milk
I love me some French bistros & brasseries. I cant get enough of the charm they exude. I am a longtime fan of the wonderful ones we have in NYC like Lafayette, Balthazar, Minetta Tavern & Buvette. Add La Gamelle to that list. This stylish French bistro opened a year ago and I had the ultimate pleasure of dining there last night.
The space is stylish and warm. The lighting is dim, there are low hanging light fixtures and lots of wood. The tables are covered in white butcher paper and the floor is sheets of white tile. There is a long vintage bar in the center separating the dining rooms. On Thursday-Saturday you can find live music in the long and spacious restaurant. In the summer you can sit outside and sip rose champagne on their patio.
The menu is packed with familiar, favorite French bistro fare. You can start with a raw bar platter of oysters and plump clams. The escargot are heavenly, as anything drenched in that much better and garlic should be. The roasted octopus was charred perfectly and served with a great mix of olives and tomatoes. Our entrees were cooked to perfection. We ordered duck and steak frites, both were exactly medium rare and seasoned impeccably. Finally, we had the burger which is one of the best in the city. It is a massive 10oz patty smothered in gruyere, black truffle mayo, caramelized onions, and mushrooms. I will dream of it tonight.
The restaurant has received mixed reviews for its food and I humbly disagree with anyone who has something negative to say about this place. I thought it was warm and welcoming with great food. The staff made us feel like we were at home, and they kept the champagne coming. I highly recommend going. Here’s what we had:
OYSTERS & CLAMS- mignonette, cocktail sauce
ESCARGOTS - snails in garlic parsley butter
FRIED OYSTERS w/ remoulade
ROASTED OCTOPUS “CITRONETTE"
MOULES FRITES – curry broth
DUCK CONFIT - “pomme rosti", mushroom jus, frisée
STEAK FRITES - served with béarnaise or beurre maître d'hôtel
10 OZ BURGER - gruyere, black truffle mayo, caramelized onions, bacon, mushrooms, pomme frites
Address: 241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002