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cassis - way downtown but with a plus

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cassis - way downtown but with a plus

djk | Aug 10, 2003 08:34 PM

Been meaning to post about Cassis, a little french boite right next door to the newly infamous Ulysses at 52 stone street. It's convivial french, not just bistro like, seemed like more interesting preparation and ingredients. Maybe I liked it so much because it was all so fresh and I was enjoying it on a beautiful night sitting outside in the middle of cobbled stone street - all closed off to traffic. You're surrounded by sloped old buildings with a nod to the occasionally glimpsed high rise office in the mid distance. It's as close to some little village street in provence as I think we're going to find here.

There were ten of us - eventually protected by huge white umbrellas as the skies filled with rain (of course) but the staff was generous, the sauce for the mussels particularly piquant, the shrimp grilled to a juicy perfection, the pork apparently fantastic and the wine list - varied, not overpriced with many small producers. The details have slipped away as it's been a few weeks but the blurred memory is still nice.

It's lovely, just not all that easy to find. But keep going, peel an eye towards williams street and know that then you're very, very close by.

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