I was taking some people to go try Kebab Garden when just within half a block from the restaurant one person said she likes anything BUT middle eastern food, and another said she doesn't like Turkish food. Oh. OK, so directly across the street from Kebab Garden, we stumbled into Antibes Bistro - a very fortunate stumble.
It's a small, narrow space with herbs plants in the window, white wooden tables, benches and chairs. casual, but cloth napkins. Every time i feel this way about food I always think i'm imagining things but...i liked the roundness of the food here, the way textures and flavors balanced perfectly and unpretentiously. It's the kind of place you will eat everything off of your plate.
We had the Beet and Goat Cheese Cake where the goat cheese was fragrant, not "goaty". The way it's assembled and presented was beautiful - layers of tender beet slices sandwiching soft goat cheese with herbs.- but it was the taste and the mouth feel that you'd enjoy even if blind folded. Also enjoyed the Roquefort and Poached Pear Salad, the Guinness Braised Short Ribs, and the Pan Seared Yellow Fin Tuna. All the sides were really tasty, except maybe the Haricot verts that was a bit undercooked and maybe would have been improved if French cut, but that's really minor and nitpicking here. They were out of the home made pasta (fettuccine and ravioli), which, knowing how things taste now, I will be sure to try next time if it was available!
The Pear tarte tartin was again rich and round tasting that had a nice home-made quality to it. I was most grateful for the long coffee that the owner pulled for me when I ordered the Americano. He didn't just do the usual "espresso plus hot water". When I saw the nice thick foam on the coffee and tasted the wholesome thick but not muddy coffee I knew that I will be back.
127 First Ave, between 7th and 8th street
212 533 6088
11-11 7 days a week.