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CUISINE: American (New), Bistro, French
NEIGHBORHOOD: West Village
522 Hudson St at 10th St.
Don't be fooled by the name; the menu is more New American than it is French. Hanging out on Hudson Street in what used to be Le Gamin, the New French is small and poorly advertised, so don't miss it! With plain wooden tables and a chalkboard menu the atmosphere is more laid back than the food, which is detailed, thoughtful, and damn good. From start to finish, the meal exceeded my expectations. If I lived in the neighborhood, The New French would easily become a go-to dinner spot. CONT'D
Start off with the pizza appetizer special. It changes daily; on our visit it was some sort of eggplant, smoked mozzarella number and it was phenomenal. Made on Sullivan Street Pizza Bianco it's relatively light, as far as pizzas go, and easy to share. Our table sampled a variety of entrees and all were delicious: bountiful plates of roast chicken, hanger steak and roasted halibut with scrumptious vegetables on the side. The roast chicken, with bluefoot chanterelles, was a unanimous favorite, while the grilled hanger steak ranked as a close second. I regret not trying either the pulled pork on brioche or the brisket on ciabatta sandwiches, which not only sound awesome but cost less than $13. Score!
For brunch, the French influence kicks in, showing off some sweet and savory crepes. I'm coming back for the butter sugar and lemon. Wouldn't you?
Posted in FOOD on March 2, 2010 3:38pm by Jena Steinbach | 2367 comments
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