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Posted by jenn on 04/18/2009
i call it my cute little bistro, well it is little and it is cute i went there with my roomate for dinner and bruch and i don't know if it was the wine but we loved evrything, loved the asparagus app. and my short ribs my roomate got the beet and goat cheese, that was a nice spin on the salad that everyone else is doing, her risotto was one of the best i had in the city, and its a lot coming from an Italin girl. the best part was the white cloud dessert i never had anything like that before espresso mascarpone with halva on top i cant realy explain you just have to try it, so the food was very good for its price point apps under $10 and entrees under $20 its easy for me to go i live around the corner but if i didn't i would made the effort.
Posted by Banana on 04/15/2009
Antibes is a welcome addition to the LES, certainly. We can always use more decently-priced eateries around here. That said, the five-star reviews that preceded mine I'm a bit mystified by. Five stars? Really? This isn't exactly Le Bernadin or Per Se, now. It's good for its price point - apps under $10, entrees under $20. There are a few problems, though. Some of the appetizers are woefully under-portioned. Duck pate amounted to four tiny bites. Tasty bites, yes, but tiny ones. More of an amuse bouche than a true app. Another of tiny lamb meatballs was pretty good - a touch dry, but the sauce balanced it out. But again, tiny. Salads fare better. The ubiquitous beet & goat cheese app comes as a "cake" - layers stacked in a round about half the size of a hockey puck. A pear & roquefort salad was as solid as these things can be. Nothing mind-blowing, but then no pear & roquefort salad ever is. Satisfying, and thankfully requiring more than four bites to consume. A note to the restauranteurs: the vast size differential between apps becomes a problem when dining with a partner or group. One person has finished their app in seconds, and everyone else happily eats away while the one sad sack sits in front of an empty plate. At most restaurants, one sees apps and entrees sized such that they all take about the same amount of time to eat. It makes group dining a more pleasant experience. Entrees fared well, especially fish dishes. A plate of Guinness-braised short ribs, while not exactly Provencale, was excellent. The only real dud was a bricked chicken: over-salted, and its "truffled" potato puree was, sadly, truffle-oiled. I'm wary to begin with of anything "truffled" that doesn't specify what kind of truffle - black, white? They're very different. The white (as it turned out) "truffle" oil they used had a bit of an unpleasant chemical taste, as many truffle oils do, since many don't have a molecule of actual truffle in them but a chemical simulacra called "truffle aroma" - please, chefs, why not go with a higher quality truffle butter? The amount used wouldn't affect the price much. A dollar, perhaps. Besides, a black truffle flavor would have fit better with the spicing of the dish. But why bother, even? Why not just a pile of beautiful, unadulterated (except, perhaps, with butter) potatoes? For $14, I don't expect Le Bernadin. No need to doll it up. A good hunk of meat and potatoes will suffice.
Posted by anonymous on 04/09/2009
Came here on a Sunday night and thought it was fantastic -- affordable, delicious, etc. But it was empty! I know it's new and everything, but I couldn't figure out why no one was there... Anyway, definitely recommended.
Posted by CM on 03/30/2009
I love the atmosphere and intimacy of this restaurant. The duck pate app and the braised short ribs are amazing!! Nice date spot.
Posted by rachel on 03/03/2009
I just ate lunch here today, amazing place. The atmosphere is cozy and unpretentious but the food is fantastic. They don't have a liquor license yet so you can go BYOB.
Posted by les on 02/25/2009
great spot on suffolk, one i never think of in this side street, the evrything was great start from the atmosphere to the food and service. the kitchen is open so you can see your food in the making, and the prices are low for the food that we got the best deal in the les.