I was a big fan of Cosette (specifically, their salmon plate and tarte tatin), but it has closed, and I am looking for a similar bistro - authentic and traditional French fare. In particular, one thing I liked about Cosette's salmon dish is that their default was to fully cook the salmon w/o drying it out, which has been hard for me to come by in the US. Many restaurants in the US seem to want to cook their salmon medium rare, which concerns me for food safety reasons, and treat me like I'm ordering a well-done steak when I ask that the salmon be "fully" cooked. As a result, the salmon is almost invariably dried out.
However, I visited Paris earlier this year, and due to the fact that the only "meats" I typically eat are chicken and non-shellfish fish, I ended up eating salmon at almost every restaurant, and I *never* had a problem with the salmon being under- or over-cooked. In my opinion, the salmon was always perfectly cooked -- "fully" cooked yet still moist. For reference, I most enjoyed the following Parisian restaurants: Le Buisson Ardent (my favorite), L'Epicerie-Montorgueil, Le Relais De L'Isle, L'Ambassade D'Auvergne.
So...I'm looking for something similar in NYC (esp a similar salmon dish). The following look like possibilities, but I'm wondering if someone can help me narrow my list down:
Le Bateau Ivre, Balthazar, Lucien, La Sirene, La Petite Auberge, Capsouto Freres, Bistro 61.
Sorry if I sound overly picky...but I actually quite enjoyed almost every restaurant I tried in Paris whereas I haven't been overly happy with most French restaurants I've tried in the US...
thank you :)
La Petite Auberge
116 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013
Le Bateau Ivre
230 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022
558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013