Went to dinner at Paradou's new location on 7th Ave. btwn. 14th and 15th streets last night. We sat in the back garden, which was a nice seating area despite the heat.
The menu boasted a variety of provencale dishes that tasted and sounded authentically French. We began with a chilled gazpacho (delicious with just the right ratio or puree to diced peppers/onions etc.) and a terrine of tomato and goat cheese served over mixd greens with slices of thin toasted baguette. This was also fabulous (I only had one bite); the goat cheese was especially creamy and tasted quite fresh. For entrees we sampled the salmon, aspargus, and creme fraiche crepes and the duck rillete sandwhich. The salmon crepes were absolutely delicious. The salmon was smoked, but had the consistency of salmon filet, not lox. Again, I only had one bite of the duck, which was quite good though my boyfriend complained that a dijon mustard (that was not mentioned on the menu) was a bit over-powering. Both were served with mixed greens on the side.
We opted out of dessert, but were presented with a complimentary plate of Joel Durand "alphabet" truffles. Our flavors included fresh mint, lavender, havelnut, and Provence. They were delicious.
Overall, a nice experience and a place I will be happy to return to when the weather gets cooler and I wish to sample some of the heartier fare. My one complaint is that the wine list is very over-priced. No bottles under $30 (despite the fact that the list boasts some "cheaper wines like Muscadet and Beaujoulais that would sell for under $10 in a liquor store). Wines by the glass and the .5L are even less of a bargain at $11/$22 respectively (these are the cheapest; I believe the most expensive came in at $15/glass). The food, however, is fairly well priced with appetizers ranging from $5 (soup) to $11, sandwhiches/crepes in the $11-$13 range, and heartier entrees from $18 to $25.