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Cafe Bruxelles/A Salt and Battery


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Cafe Bruxelles/A Salt and Battery

Alice | Apr 30, 2001 09:02 AM

(I put these restaurants "together" because I ate at one for lunch and, then, walked a coupla doors down and took out dinner from the other!) After viewing Saturday's annual Dachshund Parade in Washington Square (a riot!), my sister and I began cruising for a lunch spot. Wanted to try Mary's Fish Camp, but the place was WILD - long waits, harried staff, unhappy babies, etc. (And it sure doesn't look like a comfortable place to enjoy a meal. Tho will try again - maybe when they first open, at noon.) Anyway, we kept walking, getting crankier at the queues outside so many of the 'hot spots' we've heard about. Then, we saw Cafe Bruxelles...hadn't eaten there in a while. Staff welcomed us, place was pleasantly busy -- friendly bistro ambiance -- and we enjoyed sharing a heaping bowl of mussels and a well-prepared Croque Monsieur. A nice, low-key spot to sit and chat with friends -- kinda rare in the Village on a weekend. Afterwards, we moved onto A Salt and Battery and took home the Halibut and chips. Solved the 'soggy batter take-out' problem by nuking fish a few seconds in the microwave and then sticking it under the broiler flame, very briefly. Batter "came back to life." Great quality fish. Chips - average. (Sorry - don't have exact addresses, but both places are, I believe, on Greenwich Ave.? THIS is when you need a Zagats - addresses!)

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