Old School French Bistro in a Vibrant Part of Town!
Nestled mid-block on Prince street in NYC's Soho stands a French bistro that has its roots back in the mid 1970's. Started by two brothers from Alsace, France, who still own the bistro today, stands a neighborhood gem that I am sure will bring back memories for many. The owners may have only acquired the restaurant in 1975, but parts of the decor date back much earlier. I include in this list the tin ceiling and the booths, which date much earlier. While the tables and booths are a tad "tight," this establishment certainly has a "bistro feel" to it. As can be seen in the picture above, the restaurant is well decorated with period photography, original art all with a classy French-theme. The bar area is approximately 25% of the restaurant, so it likely will get a bit noisy, but we had no issues at 7pm on Saturday, even with the music playing at the bar.
Service was attentive and informative, mad easier no doubt by its relatively small size. Menus and specials were explained clearly and the wait staff was well informed on specials and the menu in general. Service and clearing appeared well organized, no amateurs here. Reasonable time was also allowed for each course and we did not feel rushed. The Steak Au Poivre was cooked perfectly and had a nice peppercorn crust that gave the steak a nice spicy kick to it. It is served with hand-cut fries and salad, all good compliments to this dish. The chicken was very flavorful, moist and well portioned as well. For desert we shared the Banana coconut bred pudding and the flourless bittersweet chocolate souffle cake, needless to say we had to fight over these selections.
The cork fee is $50.00/btl., limit two bottles per table