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Report -- Excellent Dinner at Camaje

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Report -- Excellent Dinner at Camaje

Caitlin Wheeler | Sep 18, 2001 10:11 AM

Since Friday was my beloved's birthday, we wanted to celebrate, and headed to Camaje in Greenwich Village on MacDougal between Bleecker and Houston. The room is small and intimate -- a couple of couches, a couple of outdoor tables, and several small tables with art and mirrors hanging on the walls -- an ideal place for a date or a quiet family dinner. The menu is one of those absolute delights -- everything looks so delicious you have no idea what to order. They have soups, salads, sandwiches, small plates, panini, crostini, main courses, sides and crepes. We ordered a bottle of Prosecco ($24 -- one of the several wines under $30 on the wine list) and settled down to the serious business of ordering. It is entirely possible to be satisfied here with just a sandwich or salad -- both of which are enormous and interesting, but we were lured by the bargain of 3 courses for $25. This includes a main course and any other 2 on the menu. We skipped dessert in favor of the birthday cake I had baked (devil's food with creme fraiche cherry filling and ganache frosting, but that's worth its own post) and ordered from the rest of the menu. I began with an excellent French onion soup (basic, but good, and one of my favorites) followed by an artichoke heart, brie, and roasted red pepper salad (real artichoke hearts, not the fuzzy canned kind) and hanger steak (rare and very tender) with crispy shallots (like sublime Durfee French onions) and mashed potatotes. I was so full, and there were so many good choices to choose from! Other members of my party indulged in such delicacies as Endive, Apple and Gorgonzola salad, asparagus panini, country pate, Lamb Tagine and bacon wrapped filet mignon on a bed of bitter greens (a $5 to the prix-fixe, but still an absolute bargain). Everything was done perfectly and tasted both classic and interesting. As I said, we skipped on desserts but a peek at the menu looked fabulous (creme brulee with lavender craqueline!) and we did partake of their extensive selection of herbal teas. A wonderful meal, but I would also head over for lunch, brunch (crepes, mmm) or just an afternoon treat of crostini and coffee, sitting on the big couch. Heading to Khyber pass tonight, though.

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