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Posted by Dan S. on 04/27/2013
I dined here tonight with my spouse for the first time. Btw ths is my first review on menu pages-but my experience here tonight warranted a response. I called to make a reservation 2 hours before arriving on a Saturday night. The phone was answered promptly and I inquired about the prix-fix availability and availble dining tines for the evening. The prix fix is $25 for 2 courses from 6-8 nightly. I was told that nothing was availble till 8:30 and that the special would no longer be possible. While frustrsated, it is Saturday night in NY after all. We were seated promptly in a very intimate dining room and our bottles of wine we brought (yes, a good French restaurant that is BYOB!) were opened and chilled without hesitation. The server offered his favorites (mousse tuffee-incredible, traditional mousse, get 2). We also ordered the pheasant pate, very rustic, hot and gooey with brie and had a little bite. The duck confit was recommened and was very well cooked. The sauce, while surprising authentic, spicy and tropical, but with an obvious continental influence. The Rabbit sausage turned out be the one of the best item of night. Right enough kick with a sausage that complimented and kept up with the sauce. And not that the food, which is made in a 2x4 kitchen, isn't enough to warrant such praise. The service was so ON that it made me bet that he was the owner, and of course he is. Attentive, fast, honest, local, and again BYOB.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/25/2012
I would really like to like this place more than I actually do. I've been there a few times over the years. It's in the neighborhood, has a nice atmosphere, is BYOB, is reasonably priced, plays good music and let's you linger over the meal. However the only thing I have liked enough to eat more than once is the duck. (They used to do a decent acorn squash dish, but it's no longer on the menu; the apple tart is pretty good.) Although they do vegetarian dishes, there are no actual vegetables. The main courses come with grains but no greens, salads or fresh vegetables. To me, the food often tastes as if it has been reheated, rather than prepared at the time. This place has definite possibilities, and I'll probably try it again, but the menu needs work.
Posted by Dadad on 06/19/2012
Best escargot I've ever had and I always order them when I'm at a restaurant with escargot on the menu. Furthermore, I'm a 71 year old who'se been eating out pretty much every night for more than 30 years. So go figure. But it's not just about the escargot - everything that I've tasted at this restaurant was unique and delicious. The owner is always on the premises and makes sure that customers have a happy experience.
Posted by Happy Foodie on 09/25/2011
I came here with a friend and had the Prix Fixe menu. I was delighted by the amazing food that this tiny but efficient restaurant turns out. The food was delicious. The owner attentive and charming. The prices were reasonable and the atmosphere perfect for conversation. They have 3 vegetarian options, but I tried the duck which was excellent. The only thing I would change is the tables, which had a strange varnish on them which makes them feel oddly sticky. N.B. We didn't know it was BYOB, but that wasn't a big deal for us.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2011
It's straight forward, simple, and delicious. Real serious care and thought went into the food quality and combination of flavors. Everything we tried was surprising and fantastic. The owner is genuinely kind and it's obvious that he loves his restaurant. I will go back until I've tried everything on the menu.
Posted by Kathy on 01/16/2011
You could walk right by it and never see it, but DON'T! Great food. Charming owner. A neighborhood treasure.
Posted by Pam Beraun on 12/13/2010
Great find in the hood. I love byob!