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Posted by Anonymous on 10/10/2006
My boyfriend and I ate dinner there on Sat night. We had a reservation. The restaurant was very busy and extremely noisy. We had hoped for a romantic French bistro but what what we got was a noisy rock/disco type atmosphere. The music was not French by any means - it was loud and had a throbbing rock beat which was anything but relaxing. I asked the waitress if the music could be turned down but was ignored. By boyfriend loved his meal - he had the special appetizer of goose liver pate and a main course steak tartar. I had the prix-fixe - the soup was very good but the steak/frites were very mediocre - fries were not your typical French pomme frites - kind of soggy and very dark. I might give the restaurant a second try but only if their music improves. I left the restaurant with a headache.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/18/2006
I came to NYC looking for great Bouillabaise and I found it at Demarchelier! Congratulations to the chef. Generous serving of mussels, clams, lobster, fish. Perfect taste. I think it was the special the night we were there. It would have been even better if a rouille had been served too, for a more complete experience. What would Julia say? Why not serve it with a brief explanation of its purpose and educate your clientele? My husband and daughter also enjoyed the reasonably priced prix fixe menu which included a glass of wine. Our meal was complete with a generous tarte tatin served with ice cream which we three shared. We arrived Friday night at 5:30, sans reservation, were immediately seated in the middle of the restaurant, and attentively waited on. The secret: get there early before the hustle and bustle begins and you'll find a nice quiet respite from a day of museum going before heading off to a play. I'll be back!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/14/2006
I just discovered this in my neighborhood and love it. They have a great bar atmosphere for just having a cocktail. The environment is wonderful and the prices are reasonable. The food is delicious as well and the service is excellent.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/26/2006
My boyfriend and I ate here last night. We were promptly greeted at the door with a Bon Soir and were immediately sat. The waitress was a bit eager to take our wine order (as soon as we sat she was there). We then had to wait awhile for the waiter to come over to take our food order. But we weren't in any hurry, so we didn't mind. I would say they are stronger with their apps than their entrees. The onion soup and escargot were fantastic; my bf's lamb shank was pretty good; my grilled shrimps with mussle risotto was alright; and the mashed potatoes were pretty bad.... But we still had a wonderful evening. We loved the music and the atmosphere.
Posted by Worked in NYC French restaurants 3yrs on 03/14/2006
I decided to check out this small French Bistro with my fiance because the atmosphere is very inviting. Unfortunately, the steaks just fail to measure up against many of the numerous French restaurants of similar cost. We gave it a second chance, but for my money, you are better off going somewhere with a better butcher. Our steaks were chewy and overcooked on both occasions. The service was also inconsistent. We overlooked the steaks the first time because the staff was helpful and the apps were wonderful. However, on our second visit, the steak was the same (see above) and our waitress wanted us to make a decision about our wine without showing us the wine list. We asked for a wine list and she asked us what we wanted... The wine list. We never got to see it, so she didn't sell a bottle, and though we got a nice glass of wine, I'm still not positive what it was.
Posted by Hugo of Manhattan on 01/04/2006
Great ambience, reasonable prix fixed menu daily, and a geat vibe makes this litlle unusuallly unprentenious French restaurant wonderful. Has the feel of a small bistro in the 16th Arrondissement - in NYC's equivalent of the 16th! Great place ot have a glass of wine and steak frite. Locals / regulars get tables first - as they should... and this place is all local.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/15/2005
LOVE the food and the room, HATE the loud music. The only way to escape the noise is to sit at the very back by the kitchen and the bathroom. Good, bistro standards, nice wine list. Why not lower the volume?