My wife and I just ate at Pigalle (N.2nd St. in Northern Liberties) tonight and had one of the best meals we've had in a while. The atmosphere is beautiful and romantic, low lit and tastefully done, like a Parisian bistro. It has a warm, inviting glow and coziness to it. The food is classic French country cooking and the chef (ex Caribou Cafe) is creative and talented.
Everything was excellent, from apps to entrees to desserts. For apps, my lamb sausage on a square of smooth polenta with roasted red peppers surrounded by balsamic vinegar was very tasty. For entrees (which range from $12-19) the monkfish wrapped in proscuitto on a bed of white beans and rosemary infused sauce(like a cassoulet) and the crab cake special on a bed of yukon gold mashed with pureed asparagus sauce were both excellent. Desserts of creme brulee and crepe with rasberries and lemon sauce were also quite good. Our NZ sauvignon blanc ($28) was a good choice and their wine list is reasonable (many choices under $30).
The bill came to about $100 which I know isn't necessarily chowhound cheap but we felt the meal was definitely worth it. Comments from diners near us were just as positive. This place would be perfect if it were BYOB but you can't have it all. We are already hoping to plan our return visit with friends. BTW, Northern Liberties seems to be coming alive.
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