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Ytournel in Carroll Gardens

Katerina | Nov 23, 2001 11:26 AM

So, my husband and I finally went to Ytournel (on Warren St., between Smith and Court, close to Smith) and had a pretty good Thanksgiving dinner. The first courses were the best; my assiette de charcuterie was excellent, with four kinds of meat - two kinds of salami, pate and confit - all very flavorful, gently spiced and homemade-tasting, with a bit of greens and cornichons. The cream of mushroom soup was excellent, dark brown and not milky at all, very rich and velvety, tasting of morels. Both accompanied by good crusty bread and baguette. Andy had chicken cordon bleu, which was decent but a little on the greasy side. My turkey - rolls of breast meat with chestnut stuffing inside, accompanied by cranberry sauce - was very good. The pumpkin pie was so-so, but the chocolate mousse cake was really good. The French-speaking gyus who work both the tables and the kitchen were sweet, a little disorganized, but really quite charming. All in all, it was a nice, very inexpensive ($23 pp, minus drinks) meal, not gourmet but solid. (I don't think efficiency is their credo, so I'd recommend going only if you're in a leisurely mood.) There was no wine list but the Fat Bastard Shiraz (from Languedoc) they had was good, although a tad overpriced at $25 (goes for $10 in stores). We liked the room (unfussy, rustic decor, pressed tin ceiling) and decided to come back. (I think the restaurant's business might have been hurting because of all the recent construction work in the street, right next to and acrosss from the restaurant.) They do serve breakfast on weekends, with homemade bread and croissants. They also have a takeout menu.

I have seen postings on Ytournel here suggesting that their service tends to be rather erratic. That was our experience too, but the two guys who served us were so genuinely sweet and apologetic about the few missteps that I really didn't mind in the least. Must have been that cute accent...

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