this is a new french on w14th street (bet 7th and 8th ave). it was formerly CYNTHIAS. all your bistro classics are on the menu at kind and reasonable prices. care has gone into the menu and pricing. they have a nice back garden where everyone was sitting tonight.
my spouse and i shared a special white summer truffle and portobello mushroom ravioli for an app. wonderful smell! this dish was just outstanding and there was plenty of truffle. i'd love to go again and get it as a main if they are going to be that loose with the truffles.
for the main course she ordered a rare hanger steak. this comes w/ thick style frites, but they substituted mashed potatos for her. the steak was fine as onglet is want to be, but the best part was inclusion of a big bone of marrow to scoop. sliced steak, mashed potato and a marrow bone---those were the only three things on the plate which i thought was wonderful, no extraneous green nonsense haha!
i had salmon on a bed of lentils which was also very tasty. cooked perfectly medium rare to order. a nice dish. a skate dish looked fine too.
we skipped dessert for coffee/espresso but they have nice standards on the menu. the maitre d brought around a nice looking blueberry tart but we passed.
one other thing i'll add is that the charcuterie and cheese planks were ordered by others and looked pretty nice too. maybe best for lunch or late night? they also have pre-fixe and pre-theater options.
GAVROCHE is byob for now. nearby i'd suggest that you could easily grab something at crossroads or the liquor store on 14th near eighth avenue. we brought in a bottle of a chilled sancerre rose which was fine on the hot night. service is over eager but thats fine for a small new restaurant. its only one visit but the chef has a nice hand and it seems like GAVROCHE could be a nice calm alternative to the overly trendy meatpacking neighborhood.
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