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Bistro Bagatelle (Review)

MMRuth | Mar 18, 2008 05:55 AM

We went last night for dinner - the restaurant, in the Meat Packing District, was picked by the friend of our visiting friends. The room is beautiful - all white, lots of candle light - very elegant. The service was good and surprisingly friendly - we were warmly greeted when we entered, the bartender was gracious, even though I didn't go with his strawberry cocktail concoction, and the table service was unobtrusive, aside from the issue of the wrong dishes being brought to the wrong diners at our table (not a big deal). We sat at the bar and waited for our friends to arrive - I asked for a gimlet and inquired as to whether or not they had Rose's Lime Juice. The response was "Oh, no" - as if that were a good thing. The drink was fine, just missed that Rose's sweet tang. My husband had a glass of Bordeaux - don't know how it was. The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived at 8pm, but quickly filled up with a large party who first congregated at the bar to greet one another, and then moved on to a very long table. The crowd is, for the most part, a very well dressed international group reminiscent of Bilbouquet, etc., - some of our dining companions ran into people they knew in that large group.

The food. Well, I'd say mediocre overall. My husband had the Ravioli De Poireaux Truffle (truffle leeks ravioli, leeks jus) to start, which he said was unmemorable, and then the Poulet Roti Aux Herbes, about which he had the same comment. I started with the Terrine De Foie Gras homemade with sauternes, served with toast and quince (per menupages - though I think it may actually have been apple on the menu). It was very good, but served far too cold. My steak au poivre - a seemingly safe choice - was completely well done, although I'd ordered it medium rare (just didn't feel like sending it back), a bit gristly, decidedly lacking in au poivre. Fortunately the accompanying frites were decent. For dessert, I had the Paris Brest - I did enjoy that, and it's not a dessert that is often found on restaurant menus. Our dining companions had the foie gras to share between two, and then Escalope De Veau Au Citron, and I think a lamb dish and a fish, and then shared profiteroles and some chocolate thing that I tasted that wasn't too interesting. A small dish of what I think was fregola was brought to the table and was just "eh". We had two bottles of Burgundy (don't know how much), and the total, before tip, was $444 for five people, not including the drinks at the bar.

I would not go back unless I heard some solid reports that the food had improved.

http://www.urbandaddy.com/nyc/1080/In... - a photo here gives you a sense of the room and the menu is on menupages - though some prices are higher and some lower.

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