A friend of mine and I wandered into this French bistro/wine bar located on East 78th Street between Third & Lex. We snagged a table outside on a quiet side street, and looked over the menu. Bandol puts its wine list on the inside of the menu and the food on the back - guess what its priorities are?
We sampled a glass of the Bandol rose ($9 each; $38 for the bottle) - not bad; it was refreshing but had a slightly metallic aftertaste we weren't crazy about. For starters, we chose the lobster ravioli with lobster sauce ($8, $15 as an entree) and the vegetable napoleon ($8.50), both which were excellent. Portions were generous. Got lots of lobster meat in my ravioli and the sauce was very good. The vegetable napoleon was huge - layers of thinly sliced bell pepper and eggplant with goat cheese and a side of mixed greens and balsamic vinegar drizzled throughout. Highly recommend this dish.
We switched to a Sancerre (also $9 a glass, $39 for the bottle) that was better and dug into our mussels ($15.95; fries are extra). Generous portion, all the shells were open, and the broth was very tasty.
For dessert, we opted for the tasting plate which was chocolate mousse (very good dark chocolate), the chocolate souffle (ditto), apple tart (excellent crust, beautifully made), and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We were given a small glass of dessert wine a piece as a gift. The bill was about $115 not including tip.
We will be back - and highly recommend you all check it out. The service is friendly, informal - place keeps busy. The interior is decorated in a warm homey fashion.
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