Address: 411 Park Ave. S. (28th & 29th St.)
*Also located in FiDi
Review: Between the two of us we’ve had the pleasure of eating both the dinner and brunch at the two different locations. Your standard brunch fare at the Park Ave. location does not disappoint. Friendly service makes up for the outdated decor and cavernous space, which feels a little cold and impersonal. The food was good, though not very memorable. Solidly good eggs benedict and sweet dessert crepes hit the mark on a cold rainy morning. The BF had dinner downtown at the FiDi location which is much smaller and cozier. It’s a great place to meet up and catch up with some old friends. The steak frites were a mixed success…amazing fries, average steak. But yet again the dessert was the game saver – bananas flambee cooked tableside was a great way to leave on a high note. Bourdain’s Les Halles is an old New York standby and you get that feeling while there, if only he was back in the kitchen.
Address: 113 Horatio St. (West St. & Washington St.)
Review: We made the trip over to Bakehouse for French Restaurant Week and were glad we did! It’s a little bit out of the way over on the West Side Highway but the view, food, ambiance and service make it worth your while. The large windows along the front allow for an amazing view of the sunset over the Hudson River. They’re also working on getting their outdoor liquor license to add dining tables outside. As part of their French RW deal we got the artisanal charcuterie plate, croquet madame (an upscale French twist on grilled ham and cheese an egg on top) and 2 glasses of wine for a great price. We also ordered the seared sea scallops with celery root puree and basil ginger oil. Everything was absolutely delicious and we’re already planning to go back to try out some of the entrees and their brunch. They also have a pretty solid selection of European beers, the boyfriend was ecstatic to find a great Belgian beer he hasn’t seen since his trip over there. The rustic decor and romantic setting make it great for a date night with your beau, and the several long wooden tables make it a good spot to come with a group of friends as well. The service was also delightful and super helpful, Molly recommended a great glass of wine and the scallops for us. We’re definitely fans of Bakehouse!
Address: 251 Grand St. (Driggs Ave. & Roebling St.)
Review: Brooklyn is full of really great restaurants and many of the top chefs in Manhattan are taking their talents across the East River, so in an attempt to get out of our Manhattan bubble we made the trip over to Williamsburg to try something new! Le Comptoir has a great atmosphere – an outdoor garden area, good music playing and a romantic/intimate vibe. We tried a bunch of different dishes and were wowed by all of them. The warm goat cheese crostini, the steak tartare, the oysters and the soft shell crab (the special of the night) were all super fresh and perfectly executed. The gnocchi with duck leg confit was out of this world, though it doesn’t seem to be on the menu anymore which is super disappointing. Hopefully the shrimp/bacon gnocchi is just as good. The specialty cocktails were tasty but could’ve been a little stronger, the service was quick and friendly and they have an awesome dessert sundae. Le Comptoir is definitely worth the hike to Brooklyn. Note that it is cash only and somewhat of a hike from the L train so give yourself plenty of time to get there.
Address: 242 10th Ave. (24th & 25th St.)
Reviews: Trestle on Tenth is a small, intimate restaurant with solid food and a great wine list. The boyfriend normally does the restaurant research for our dates but he put it on me this time and I needed to wow him! I chose Trestle on Tenth because their pork dish got great reviews and pork is the boyfriend’s favorite! We started out with the steak tartare with quail egg and the charcuterie, both were good but the main dishes were even better. We had the pork and the duck, which were both fantastic. They have a large wine list, craft beers and specialty cocktails. We stuck with wine and beer, but apparently missed out on the cocktails. If you’re in Chelsea you should definitely check Trestle on Tenth out for a romantic and delicious date night.
Address: 2 Park Ave. (at 33rd St.)
Review: We’ve been to Artisanal Fromagerie for both brunch and dinner. It wasn’t the best dinner we’ve had and the staff was very slow/inattentive – though we did order off the Restaurant Week Menu so you may have better luck ordering off of the regular menu – which definitely looks more promising. From our experience though, you’re better off just coming here for the cheese, fondue and wine selection rather than entrees. If you and your date are big cheese lovers this place is definitely worth a try if you’re willing to shell out some serious dough. Their brunch menu was more well executed than their RW dinner menu so a brunch date would be a better, somewhat cheaper option.