21 hours ago
Friday, May 17, 2013
Another beautiful, huge restaurant opens in NYC.
Lafayette opened last month, and it's already a hard to get reservation.
New Yorkers love a scene.
Andrew Carmellini (owner of Locande Verde), opened this grand cafe on a quiet stretch of Lafayette St. in Noho (Noho means "North of Houston St."), across from the Publick Theatre.
It is quite stunning, and reminds me of the grand cafes in Paris.
The menu is anything but traditional French. No onion soup here.
We started with deviled eggs w/ sable mousse and trout roe for $9. A little bite goes a long way.
Then a delicious butter lettuce salad w/ excellent French ham and a nut vinaigrette w/ Roquefort cheese, a bargain for $11.
Henri (I made him French today) ordered the pate maison with their wonderful in-house made bread.
A black fettuccine w/kale, cockles & squid, quite yummy, and my dorade (like a sea bass) over white beans with muscat grapes?
Sounds weird, but the sweet grapes with the smokey fish worked.
There is a rotisserie counter that turns out amazing chicken and duck. Next time we will try the Canard Frites (duck with fries).
My favorite part of this 200 plus seat restaurant is the bakery.
When you walk in, there are counters to sit and have a delicious croissant or macaron with cafe creme. Very Parisian.
Gorgeous breads and pane au chocolat to eat in or take out.
We bought a loaf of their fabulous bread to go ($8. pretty pricey for a loaf), and some treats to take home.
However, I did not try the chocolate saucisson.
A nice way to spend a Sunday evening in lower Manhattan.
Parlez vous Francais?
Don't worry, no one spoke French here either.