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Boite a cafe in Astoria . . . anyone else been?

missjeanne | Sep 15, 2008 10:52 AM

So I read about this place on another message board and we decided to give it a shot. Wanted to post our experience. For now they are BYOB but they expect a liquor license in "about three weeks".
I never like restaurants that are blue. I have no idea why. But we had a '97 Burgunday that we were going to drink come hell or high water and we didn't want to walk back home or drag it to another restaurant and risk forgetting it.
The food was really good. The menu was a bit confusing but we ended up going with the 3-course fixed menu for 20 bucks. Started with an amuse of whitefish and salmon roe. I had cream of vegetable soup, followed by grilled chicken palliard. The brown sauce with the chicken was really nice, if a bit undersalted. It was served with carrots and over mashed potatoes. My SO had a salad (mixed greens, walnuts, serrano ham, apples, parm etc...) followed by red snapper. I think the snapper was poached in olive oil, and it was served over quinoa. Our desserts were crepes and chocolate flan. Both very good. I forget what the other options were for the fixed menu. Off of the fixed menu I think all of the mains were between 12-16 bucks.
The chef came out and spoke with us and really listened to the feedback (chicken dish portion was way too big, particularly when looked at in proportion to the fish dish). The partner is from Compass and there was over 40 years of French cooking experience in kitchen, we were told. We also got breakfast pastries complimentary on our way out.

Service was only OK but I am willing to give every place the benefit of the doubt when it comes to this when they are new. I did notice, however, that when we came in the chef was on the side at the bar with two of the servers, describing a dish (couldn't see it) and having them taste it. So I feel like that kind of attention to servers can only mean future improvements in service and knowledge of their employees. All in all, it was a pretty good experience and we would go back. Hopefully with the liquor license will be good/affordable French but the glass. I'll let you know..

Anyone else been there?

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