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Posted by D27Pat on 03/23/2013
From the minute we walked in, we simply loved this place. The waiter took us under his wing, we told him we were waiting for another couple, not a problem, but can I get you some water, some bread, etc? Food was good (wine a little pricey but that's Manhattan) surroundings were lovely, felt like we were transported to France. They also have alittle garden which we will definitely visit when it warms up. Try it--
Posted by Old NYer on 03/02/2012
Approaching the wisened age of 60 we've (married 30 years) learned to dine early. That said, last night at Casimir was lovely. It really is like being back in Paris. The room is pretty, candles flicker. Servers were all attentive. A great muscadet that was by this town standards, very affordable. Our food was delicious. There are so few of these 'old' New York French bistros remaining; we are glad Casimir still is and will come back often. To the Valentine Day commenter, so sorry to read of your experience but that is a hard day for any restaurant. Next year surprise your love and cook for her.
Posted by JonProud on 02/15/2012
Just for context - my gf and I have been around a dozen times. The food typically ranges from medium to good (I like the steak frites although it's a bit of a lottery how the steak will be cooked) and the service is patchy but acceptable. We then went yesterday for Valentine's Day and sorely wished we hadn't. They gave away the corner table I'd specially requested to another couple, just before seating us. It was 15-20 minutes before the waiter paid us a visit, and then I had to ask for bread after 40 minutes because we were starving, and the appetisers didn't arrive until an hour after we arrived, and only after I asked the waiter where they were. So another half an hour passed and no signs of the mains. The couple that arrived at the same time had already finished theirs. So I went and asked where ours were, and was fobbed off. I said I'm asking because we've been here nearly 2 hours, I've had to ask for each course, and people that arrived when we did are on their desserts. The waiter then pursued me back to our table, and told me "Don't tell me my job" and generally gave me an earful of factually incorrect attitude ("you've only been waiting 45 minutes" etc). The food was fine when it eventually came, but then they were out of the dessert my gf wanted, and by then the experience had been ruined by the poor service and the waiter's behaviour. We'll almost certainly never come back. There was no apology for the food taking so long, and I don't appreciate paying good money to have my negligent waiter give me an earful for having the audacity to ask where our food is.
Posted by RF on 12/01/2011
Went there with a Scoutmob deal. Had a glass of pinot noir ($9) with the duck confit ($20), which was cooked very well with a crispy skin but seemed a bit flat in terms of seasoning--salty, but one dimensional, as were the potatoes. The frisee and lardons salad on the side was delicious, though, with a great balance of mustard, vinegar, and oil. My favourite part of the meal was the Casimir Special Express ($4), a shot glass of very good pistachio ice cream and an espresso. The service was good but perhaps a bit too unctuous for my taste, the atmosphere excellent, very Parisian with a good Anglophone jazz mix.
Posted by Feed The Model on 11/17/2011
I love the city’s culinary diversity and it’s many bars and restaurants. I have my favorites I always come back to, backup favorites for the times I’m indecisive, and new places I look forward to trying. For example, Casimir, a quiet French bistro staple in New York’s East Village, has always been my backup favorite, but it’s recent acquisition and new management by Mario Carta has brought it back on the map as a place du jour, and my current staple. Every trip to Casimir is a tiny trip to Paris, not just for the authentic French vibe, but for the excellent food. This adorable bistro is located far off the path of hipsters, tourists, and the glamourati. It is like Balthazar, but without the pushy crowds; like L’Express, but more authentic; like Cafe Luxembourg, but more chill. Do you get where I’m going with this? Casimir has become by bistro a la mode for any occasion, especially on Thursday nights, when I want to begin my weekend early with a glamorous Burlesque show, staged in the center of the restaurant. Come with me, wine and dine on some of the best French bar food in the city, and stay for the titillating show, which is not only exotic and seductive, but still so friendly and elegant. Bring a date, bring your friends, bring your parents – everyone will enjoy the cheeky and fun acts by some of the most beautiful girls you’ll see outside the strip clubs (bedaubing!). Recommended dishes: Terrine De Foie Gras Steak Tartare Duck Confit or Flank steak
Posted by Catherine on 04/11/2011
This was actually my first dinner on the Lower East Side (tourist) and I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the food! A friend who lives in the area recommended it and our group of 5 had a great corner table, a fantastic waitress (Emily), a delicious dinner and a lot of fun. So glad we went. Best thing - you can order a half-portion for either a smaller appetite or smaller bill - very nice.
Posted by YakkinYeti on 03/27/2011
In a party of three for dinner, we ordered three appetzers/ soup, a main course, and desserts. Two of us ordered drinks (in my case, two). Each dish was perfectly done. We paid about $40 per person. We would gladly go back. Brunch is much cheaper (half that price for food).