I'd like to put in "yea" vote for this new French restaurant on the corner of 46th St. and Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside. Three of us went on Saturday Feb. 19 and had a great time. I stopped by earlier in the day to inquire whether or not we would need a reservation, and I was advised to make one. That was the correct advice, because the place did a brisk business all night and was basically full the whole time, even at 10 pm. The service is French, meaning appropriately slow, which we appreciated. We were at our table for 2-1/2 hours and never felt as though they were trying to rush us out.
All our meals were excellent: the appetizers we tried were a soup of red pepper coulis with crab meat and a wonderful endive/frisee salad. Our entrees were roast organic chicken, pan seared cod and a pasta with duck. Everyone was very happy with their food in all respects, from presentation to portion size (actually rather generous, particularly for French food) to quality of preparation. The wines that were recommended by the waiter were terrific. We shared a couple of yummy desserts, including a chocolate mousse cake and a wonderful espresso creme brulee.
We had the impression that the staff is still a bit shaky in terms of seating and figuring out how to handle the crowds that are turning up to sample what is really a most unusual venue for the neighborhood. I'm sure that over time they will figure out the timing and the sense of stress that we noticed will dissipate. If they can maintain this level of quality, Bliss will be an aptly named refuge for locals tired of trekking to Manhattan for a well-prepared French meal in a comfortable setting at a price they can afford.
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