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The following is a list of all entries from the French category.

Casimir, A Neighborhood Favorite

courtesy casimirrestaurant.com

I love French bistros, don’t you? There’s a large range of items to eat whether you cheese and meats or a fancy salad. Another reason why I’m a fan of French bistros is because as you all know, I like simple food done right and the majority of food at these establishments concentrate on bringing the real flavor out of the ingredients that are used.

Casimir was above average. I don’t like it as much as L’express, but that’s not to say that I wouldn’t come back. Above average is better than average and better than bad, after all. Above average is pretty good among all of the vast restaurants and cafes in New York City too.

Rambuteau

Sauteed chicken liver and sweet shallots over green.

They don’t need the sweet shallots. Everyone always seems to pair chicken liver and camaralized onions or shallots together, but in this dish, the shallots came off way to sweet to mesh well with the chicken livers. Just the flavorful liver and greens would have been good enough.

French Onion Soup

A huge favorite of mine, but their version fell flat. The broth wasn’t flavorful enough. A disappointment.

Filet Mignon with black pepper and cognac sauce, medium rare

Put it this way. It was decent. But I guess that’s not a way you want to remember a filet mignon in the end huh? It was cooked properly and tasted okay, but I’ve had better. I’ve had some marinated skirt steaks from Fresh Direct that I would say are comparable in taste and the Fresh Direct version is much more affordable.

So, would I come back? Yes. Would I bring an out-of-towner here?  No. There are better French bistros to bring out of town guests too. However, living here, it seems like a nice place to go back to especially if you live in the area. The interior decorating is typical and cozy of a bistro and the waitstaff was pleasant to deal with. I suspect that those who highly rate this restaurant are regulars who are biased as this has probably become their neighborhood joint so they have an attachment to it and don’t just focus on the taste of the food.

6 out of 10

-Juice

103 Avenue B, New York NY10009

(212) 358-9683


Le Bernardin is an Unforgettable Experience

Le Bernardin

Courtesy of le-bernardin.com

I’ve thought on and off about writing a review for Le Bernardin, but some things are better off experienced first hand. If you are able to afford their pricey menu and you haven’t been, then you have to go. Experience for yourself, first hand, their service, their food, their desserts, their amazing cheese straws…oh no, I’ve said to much. Just go!

9.5 out of 10

-Juice

Le Bernardin

155 W 51st St, New York NY10019


Macarons, Je’Taime.

There is nothing more I like to talk about than cookies. And I have recently discovered the most wonderful kind. The Macaron.

Now, I am not talking about what we Americans know as the Macaroon. I know it sounds similar, but these cookies are totally different.  This is no dense coconut cookie people!  We are going to have a discussion about the Parisian confection made of two petite almond flavored cookies with a filling in the middle. These cookies are both crunchy and chewy, and the filling delicate. It’s love in a small, effective dose.

Parisian Macarons come in many colors and different flavors. It tastes nothing like it looks. On first glance you would expect this to be a supreme sugar rush (ala Meringues – another discussion entirely!) on first bite. No, no, no. This cookie is light, creamy, and perfectly portioned. It is a sandwich cookie reinvented.

Here in NYC you will find no better example of this French delight than at the Macaron Cafe in the Fashion District of NYC. This is a small shop that will surprise you.  Like ice cream, there are plenty of flavors to choose from – variety is abundant here. I tried 6 different kinds, and all 6 got a “thumbs-up” reaction from me. I was sad to devour my last one!

The macarons at the Macaron Cafe have an almost velvet texture when bitten, and that taste of almond isn’t lost within whatever the flavor paste middle you have chosen. Pistachio. Vanilla. Chocolate. Nutella. Black Sesame. Expresso. Mango. You’ve even got flower flavors. Crazy sounding but delicious! The only down side is that if you get here at the end of the day you’re not going to find a lot to choose from, as sadly other people know this place exists! Get there early!

Price ranges from $1.50-$1.95 each, but trust in the fact that you don’t have to eat too many to appreciate this Parisian treat.

My flavor recommends: Any of the flower flavors and the Black Sesame.

Macarons, Je’Taime.

-Jules

MacarOn Cafe 9 out of 10 stars
161 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018