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Posted by SoHo Luncher on 04/04/2014
Was especially wow-ed by the large portions of delicious food -- somewhat a-typical for a chic SoHo restaurant. The value was extraordinary given the size of the sandwich and bowl of soupe -- could easily been shared by two. Very gracious host and server. Hope this place lasts in this fickle neighborhood.
Posted by Chris J. on 11/24/2013
Had brunch here last sunday. My third time. Great eggs Benedict, salmon tartare, caesar salad. Very friendly tables all around us. Sat for a long time. Never hassled. Super relaxing. Great find in the neighborhood.
Posted by Marion on 11/14/2013
I ate here with some friends on 11/13, after reviewing the menu on line. The food was delicious (especially a memorable dark chocolate cake), and the prices were extremely reasonable for the quality. We were surprised that there were so few other diners. While this restaurant is not cute or cozy, it is a great place for casual neighborhood dining.
Posted by FrenchSoireeDotCom on 07/29/2013
A friend and I had an early dinner there last night and this was our take on the place and the food: It's a pretty space located in an upcoming area. Because of its design, it reminds me a bit of Balthazar - which means LOUD. Although there were not many diners there at the time we were there, the music was rather loud and you could hear glasses clinking, etc. It's the acoustics. There is nothing wrong with that. You either like it or you don't. If I were to return, it would probably be for drinks at the bar. It seems as if the resto wants to attract a younger, "hip," type crowd. We found the service to be good BUT the BIG PLUS was that our server was a Frenchman. One of the sad things missing in many NYC French restos is that no one speaks French. Now for the food: My dinner companion had the Salade Nicoise. Well... I'll let her tell it; "The potatoes were undercooked & inedible. Tomatoes were tasteless - in the middle of summer! There were a lot of green & red bell peppers in it. And for the price, I expected a nice piece of grilled fresh tuna, not the small amount of canned tuna that was in it. A good Nicoise is delectable. This chef managed to make his almost tasteless." I had the Lamb Chops which were ...okay, but nothing memorable and the portions are small. Overall? We found the resto to be on the pricey side but lacking in taste and value to support such prices.
Posted by Doris S. on 07/01/2013
Excellent food, wonderful service. Nice atmosphere. What more can you ask for.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 05/20/2013
A friend and I went for lunch 2 weeks in the midst of a really sloppy rainstorm. Hopefully, that is why the restaurant was nearly empty, because it is quite wonderful. Although primarily concrete, Cantine has gorgeous flowers and plants everywhere, with huge windows and cheerful chairs. And the food is really, really French. My rillettes were perfectly authentic and delicious, as was my onion soup. There are also various salads and sandwiches (including a baguette jambon and variations on a croque monsieur). I suspect that the dinner menu is more varied, and almost assuredly as good (kitchens like this one never let up). Don't let this place get away!
Posted by anonymous on 04/20/2013
Did not have high expectations ! Another French Bistro in the Hood... Great service, shockingly great food ! Lots of options on menu, really great seafood choices on specials ! Classic french comfort food and lots of simple share plates ! Desserts are really good ! Loved the tarte tatin ! Someone in the kitchen really cares ! How refreshing !