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Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 10/19/2012
I had lunch at Plein Sud today with some friends who live in Spain. I'd never been to the restaurant, but the location was right and the reviews were mostly good. Where, exactly, did these reviewers eat? The bread basket crackers cum flatbreads with Gruyere were sadly stale. But the Provencale fish soup was a true insult to anyone who has eaten the dish at any good restaurant: green rather than pink (first warning sign), almost completely tasteless (I didn't even bother to salt it, it was such an obvious loss), and two sad bread slices grilled with cheese, instead of the traditional gruyere-rouille-crouton accompaniments. I mean, this was monstrously subpar. We ordered one plate for the table: in-season baby calamari; not totally tasteless, but surprisingly tough for babies. That said, the french fries accompanying my friend's mussels were excellent, the room is pleasant, and the service very good. So, if you want some good frites in a nice place, consider Plein Sud. Otherwise, forget it.
Posted by ap on 01/28/2012
went for restaurant week and because of new chef appetizers decent but the coq au vin was tasteless and even more disappointing was the eclair dessert -get better frozen one at trader joes
Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2011
The food here is excellent: fresh, innovative, perfectly seasoned. Everyone in my party thoroughly enjoyed what we ordered - skate, branzino, duck, salads, brussels sprouts, lemon tart & apple tart. Good wine selection too. The decor is classy and beautiful. My only complaint is that the service was a little slow and they seemed to be out of a few dishes. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend Plein Sud, I will be back to try the stuffed cod!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/14/2011
Walked into an empty restaurant, never a good sign. Food ranged from boring to unappetizing. Felt like what it was, a decent hotel restaurant. Our waiter was great, though.
Posted by Food Guy on 04/30/2011
Great food, fresh, vibrant and honorable portions. Not classic french, but modern and fun! Beautiful, trendy space, amazing service. A tad too clubby for my liking but great food!
Posted by PalmWarbler on 03/15/2011
I had passed by Plein Sud several times but only today, driven by a desire for good French food, did I decide to venture inside. Even though I had no lunch reservation, I was immediately led to a plush corner booth near a window. The first thing that struck me was the simple beauty of the space. The wide windows and clean facade only hint at the appeal of the dining room. I had $19 Prix Fixe: (Main) Blanquette de veau (Dessert) Lemon Tart. The veal dish was mild and soothing, with a perfectly rich (but not unctuous) sauce. The meat was tender, with none of the excessive fat mentioned by another reviewer. The vegetables--a nice array of carrots, turnips, pearl onions--were perfectly cooked. I fell into the soothing flavors and a good book and completely lost track of time. Thoroughly enjoyable in the middle of a hectic day. I spent too long eating and reading and had to return to work so I had to ask for the tart to go. The waitress explained that she could not as it was covered in meringue and offered the mousse au chocolat, but I decided to stick it out. I'm glad I did. The tart, while not quite what I had expected, came out with a delicious ball of ice cream and toasted coconut flakes. After eating the ice cream and a few bites of tart--great balance of sweet and tangy--the waitress relented and packed it to go. I was able to sneak back to work more or less on time, and a tasty reminder on my desk for the afternoon. In sum: Pleasant and serene atmosphere; classic food; reasonable price. And while $20 may seem like a lot for lunch, the price is quite modest given the cost and quality of the other restaurants in the area. The only thing I would change is the music, which I would have toned down even more than it already was--but that is a minor quibble.
Posted by pam on 07/20/2010
I love restaurants in New York and I've been to France. But the at Plein Sud is remarkable for either place. A truly sublime opening clamata olive and goat cheese pizza with a sensational crust. Devine hamburger infused with cheese on brioche. The cauliflower casserole was sensational as were all deserts. Be sure to ask for the most recent addition to the cocktail menu. Elegant and friendly service and a warm and gracious atmosphere.