New version of Balthazar in city “Lafayette”

Lafayette         380 Lafayette ( corner of Great John St ) NYC

This restaurant opened this year on Lafayette Street yet the place already has an old school classic New York restaurant feel.  Lafayette is very much a similar idea to Balthazar in Soho. The menu is french bistro and they even have a bakery shop inside of the restaurant like at Balthazar. I came here for dinner three times now and I found more appetizers that I wanted to order than from the entree menu. Here are my top three appetizer picks. Grilled Mediterranean Octopus, Scallop Crudo, Beef Tartar. I had the lamb chop and duck breast from entree, and lamb with couscous was fantastic. Between the two pastas I had, Spaghetti Nicoise was so yummy. If you are group of three~four people then you should definitely share their salad. The salad’s portion is really big and it’s almost too big for two people to share. New York restaurant’s trend change every two years, but I say this place is going to stay for a long time. I recommend you to come here for any night of the week with friends and parents, small party of two to group birthday dinner.

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥1/2 $$$1/2

Grilled Mediterranean Octopus smoky eggplant, pipérade $17 ♥♥♥♥


Lamb Chops Marocaine $32 ♥♥♥♥


Beef Tartare Cressonnière poached marrow $19 ♥♥♥♥


Frisee Salad bacon maison, poached organic egg $16 ♥♥♥1/2


Spaghetti Nicoise with rare tuna $23 ♥♥♥♥


Raw scallop $? ♥♥♥♥


Duck au Poivre, organic grains, radish, smoked bacon $30 ♥♥♥


Housemade Garlic Sausage, lentil du puy, dried cherry $16 ♥♥♥


Black Fettuccine, cuttlefish, ruby shrimp, clams & chorizo $23 ♥♥♥


Escarole & Endive, duck ham, pomegranate, truffle vinaigrette $14 ♥♥♥1/2




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The Ten Bells 247 Broom St (btw Orchard St & Ludlow St)

The Ten Bells is a cute bistro wine bar. I come here for Happy Hour. $1 oyster & glasses of wine (^_^) Oh by the way if you are not a drinker make sure you order this cucumber soda made in Philadelphia!!! Soooooooo refreshing and goooooooood!!!!!! I just discovered it during my last visit (^_^)

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ $$$

Happy hours $1 Oyster and Cucumber soda ♥♥♥♥♥


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Lucien  14 1st Ave,  ( at 1st St ) New York 10009

Lucien is a cute french bistro off of the east Houston neighborhood. This place has been opened more than 10 years and I come here in the winter time more often than summer. Somehow when the weather gets cold, it makes me wanna come to this place. Food here is all really good and my favorite is the Rabbit with Egg Pasta, Duck with Fig Sauce, very creamy White Wine Broth Mussels, and Pan-Seared Foie Gras. If you don’t have the time to go to Paris come here instead (^_^)! Lucien is a mini Paris bistro in NYC !! Bon appetit (^_^).


Overall Food Atmosphere Price
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♥♥♥ $$$1/2



Lapin Á La Moutarde rabbit in dijon mustard sauce, over egg pasta $26 – ♥♥♥


Moules Mariniére Traditionnelle steamed mussels in white wine shallot sauce served with frites $17 – ♥♥♥


Canard Aux Figues et Ravets magret and confit of duck on a bed of spinach, figs, and turnips $26 – ♥♥♥


Grilled Octopus with Pommes Risselées On a bed of roasted potatoes with olive oil, garlic and rosemary $14 – ♥♥♥


Ahi Tuna Tartare  $14 – ♥♥♥


Loup de Mer Chilien avec Julienne de Legumes Chilean sea bass with julienne vegetables, court-bouillo $28 – ♥♥


Onglet Au Vin Et Champignons hanger steak in a red wine mushroom sauce $24 – ♥♥

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Les Enfants Terribles    CLOSED 

This is one of the first restaurants opened more than 10 years ago in the LES/Chinatown much before Bacaro and Fat Radish were still going strong. They were always clouded with young neighborhood regulars until new customers found this destination location. In the springtime they have outside tables and the inside bar counter is always busy with people enjoying cocktails and snacks. The food is bistro with a twist of african influence. Most of the dishes are under $20 to reasonable. I recommend to come here with a friend any night of the week for casual dinner and drinks.

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥1/2
♥♥♥1/2 $$$

Duet of Duck meaty breast with shredded confit – ♥♥♥ 



Spicy Steak Tartare De Kaolack finely hand-chopped lean raw steak with a hint of harissa & other mediterranean spices,marrakech mint, homemade taro chips $9 ♥♥♥      Continue reading