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Pergola Des Artistes
Posted by Ken Cole on 03/15/2014
My wife and I went to Pergola des Artistes last night. We spontaneously decided to try this restaurant. We go into see Broadway shows all the time,and have dined many times on restaurant row. I lived in France for two years and my wife and I have traveled throughout France many times. At Pergola we both ordered the classic French Coq au Vin dish ( a rock Cornish game hen or half chicken is boiled in red wine with fresh vegetables like mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, and spices like thyme, fresh garlic bay leaves, etc.). The dish is generally served in elegant French casserole dishes. What we each received at Pergola was a Luke warm boiled half a chicken. In what appeared to be something like Knorr chicken gravy. The chicken in traditional Coq au Vin is literally slow boiled in white wine and literally falls of the bone. This was not Coq au Vin as we did not taste any red wine on the chicken. The vegetables of carrots and string beans appeared from a frozen variety. The dish was served on white dishes like those used in your local diner. I will admit the French onion soup was good. Neither of us ate much of the meal and my wife sent back the chicken to be warmed up. We would have returned our meals and left, if we had the time before our Broadway show. We were very disappointed and had been looking for an excellent French bistro in this area since Cafe de Sport closed down. This was one of our favorite haunts.
Posted by Brann W on 05/09/2013
I'd never been to Pergola des Artistes, and had never thought of it till Eddie next to the TKTS booth gave me an ad and said, "Try this place. Nancy Wilson eats there." He added I'd get "a free glass of wine, and great French country cuisine." He was right on both counts. I had liver, onions, and bacon, perfectly sauteed. I am looking forward to a return. It's so easy, to get to too. Just off 8th Avenue.
Posted by Iris on 10/03/2012
Had lunch with eight at Pergola. The matinee special is outstanding. A wonderful array of choices and wine is included. We all ordered something different and tasted everyone's dish. The food is delicious and the service is great. I can't wait to go back to Pergola Des Artistes to try one of dishes I missed.
Posted by foodie on 06/07/2012
Still love this restaurant after so many years. The owners are charming. Great value for your money. Feels like I am eating in a small French village. Go you will enjoy yourself.
Posted by bj stevens, the author on 04/22/2012
I had lunch with a travel agent and we were both pleased.
Posted by Jill on 06/29/2011
Went with my daughter for pre-theatre dining. There was a line and all patrons assured out in plenty of time - SO TRUE! Not rushed, served well and not pushy. My daughter's filet was cooked perfected medium as requested, the veggies were crisp but not raw and the potatoes were simple, skin on quartered, lightly seasoned and grilled. My chicken livers were served in a wonderful earthy sauce, perfectly complimentary and not overbearing. Delicious. Oh, and the portion of filet was amazing! Lunch in NYC and this size portion! Every meal was accompanied by a glass of wine (or soda/iced tea) along with rustic french bread and butter. We sat at the bar and had wonderful conversations with the eclectic patrons and the owner. The staff is kind, friendly and service was superb. Small but charming and well conditioned air, cool but not cold and not stuffy. Looking forward to return visit! Highest recommendation!
Posted by MLE on 04/17/2010
Came here for a pre-theater dinner. So packed you could barely get in the door but having a reservation, we were promptly seated. The tables are PACKED together, waiters cannot pass one another to get to diners, the room is LOUD and the service is efficient but RUSHED. All this and just OK overpriced food. Not worth the $ although we did make the curtain. Next time, we will head out of the neighborhood for better choices and just take a subway to the show.