From time to time I look for a restaurant in the West Village, often on the restaurant row of Cornelia street. Somehow, Le Gigot would come in second to Po or Home. But now we've finally gone, and I'm glad we did. It is an extremely civilized bistro, with very good to excellent food and efficient knowledgable service.
As you might expect on Valentine's Day the room was full. But neither the conversation nor the music was oppressive. The service was efficient and helpful but not rushed. Oysters and crab cake appetizers were strkingly good, as were the frites which came with steak au pouvre. The steak itself, lamb chops and potato gratin were just a cut below, but still very nice to eat.
The wine list was fairly priced at 2 or 2-1/2 times retail, with several good producers in good vintages. Southern Rhones were from 98, for example, with Chateauneuf and Gigondas at $40. I recommend the Redotier Gigondas.
All in all, I wish I'd gone sooner, and I plan to go back.
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