Chez Lucienne, A Real Bistro Find

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Concept/Cuisine First Authentic French Brasserie in Harlem, NY

Executive Chef: Thomas Obaton

Chef/Partner: Matthew Tivey

Managing Partner Jerome Bougherdani

Location: 308 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th)

Contact: (212) 289-5555

Website www.chezlucienne.com

Reservations: http://www.chezlucienne.com/reservations.html

Menu Description: French Classics (salad nicoise, tuna tartare, steak tartare)

Beverages: Cocktails, Wine (by bottle & glass), beer, coffee, tea and soda

Ambiance: Charming classic French bistro décor. Warm and friendly environment suited for all types of diners.

Seating: Table Seating: 60, bar 10, outdoor seating 40

Private Parties: Yes, upon request

Special Promotions: Yes

Hours: Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sat-Sun)

Lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Mon-Fri)

Dinner 5 p.m.-11 p.m. (Sun-Thu) and 5 p.m.-

midnight (Fri-Sat)

Price Range: Main dishes average $Under $20

Signature Dish: Traditional Steak au Poivre and Papillote du

Saumon

Credit cards: Yes, Amex, Visa, Mastercard

Take Out and Delivery: Yes

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By Nancy Walman

CHEZ LUCIENNE CELEBRATES Quality Bistro Cuisinechez-luciene

With a menu featuring dishes such as onion soup, quiche Lorraine, poulet basquaise with French fries, calf’s liver with puree and pork shank with pomme darphin, you get the idea that  Chez Lucienne takes its kitchen seriously, when it comes to French Bistro classics. And you’re right, but don’t miss sampling some of the elegant contemporary offerings like : tuna tartar with wasabi-spiked caviar, cucumber, red pepper puree, and parmesan cheese crisps. You won’t find a better version of this dish anywhere, although you’ll probably pay 50% more than the $12.95 price tag that Chez Lucienne charges (and that’s one of the most expensive appetizers). The escargots are garlicky and wonderful as well.

While Chez Lucienne may be the first and only French Brasserie in Harlem, the deep rooted kinship that Harlem and Paris have shared goes back many decades. Beginning after WWI, many writers, artists, and musicians who emerged from the Harlem Jazz scene, moved to Paris where they were accepted with open arms.

American Jazz was the fuel that drove the vibrant new cultural scene in Paris. Specifically in Montmartre: a thriving and color-blind community where people of all backgrounds and lifestyles came together to listen, philosophize, eat, drink and live. Many of these same musicians came out of the Harlem Renaissance and played the Harlem clubs such as the Cotton Club, the Lenox Lounge and Swing Street.

The Brasserie Spirit Comes To Harlem

Chez Lucienne, Harlem’s own French Brasserie, has been a hugely popular success ever since it opened its doors a mere six months ago. The Brasserie/café is historically a place where people of different walks of life come together to exchange ideas, be entertained, meet, and enjoy life over good food, wine and company. Chez Lucienne embodies and celebrates this spirit of food, drink, and commeraderie.

Executive Chef Thomas Oberton is from Lyon, France, and cooked with Guy Savoy in Paris. His talent extends to a Moroccan festival Wednesday nights complete with belly dancers (we hope to go back and do a report later on), The rest of the cast includes Chef/Partner Matthew Tivey have created a menu of classic French fare served in a very convivial and decidedly French ambiance that includes a spick and span room with wainscoting, ceiling fans and hanging  bulb lights, exposed brick walls, green banquettes, set with sparkling white tablecloths, faux gas lights and a friendly bar that turns out first rate cocktails. The wine list is short and well priced, with loads of choices by the glass and the service is non-nonsense, friendly and helpful. The clientele is a mix of good looking locals and international types, who know a find.

 

In the entree department, you’ll find fresh seafood and a fine steak, but we loved a really authentic cassoulet toulousain, chunk full of sausages, lamb and duck and fascinating rendition of Quenelle de poisson or light-as-air sole dumplings in a zesty crayfish reduction with basmati rice.

The restaurant just hired a new pastry chef and the results show promise with a floating island, homemade ice creams and a tarte tatin the stars. A very special place!

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

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CATHERINE ZETA-JONES

ANGELA LANSBURY

TO STAR IN THE FIRST BROADWAY REVIVAL OF

STEPHEN SONDHEIM & HUGH WHEELER’S

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

DIRECTED BY TREVOR NUNN

OPENS DECEMBER 13, 2009 ON BROADWAY AT THE WALTER KERR THEATRE

PREVIEWS BEGIN NOVEMBER 24, 2009

“A perfect production. Sexy and sophisticated. Not to be missed.” – Mail On Sunday, London

“Trevor Nunn’s production is unforgettable” – The Times, London

Academy Award–winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, five-time Tony Award®–winner Angela Lansbury and Olivier Award–nominee Alexander Hanson will star in the first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award–winning masterpiece A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Tony Award®-winner Trevor Nunn. The production begins previews on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 and opens on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

Catherine Zeta-Jones, in her Broadway debut, will play the role of Desirée Armfeldt. Angela Lansbury will play Madame Armfeldt. Alexander Hanson will play Fredrik Egerman, a role he created in the recent Trevor Nunn-directed production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End.

The cast also features Aaron Lazar (Les Misérables) as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Erin Davie (Grey Gardens) as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin (Gypsy) as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman, and Ramona Mallory (The Fantasticks) as Anne Egerman. The cast also includes Bradley Dean, Marissa McGowan, Betsy Morgan, Karen Murphy, Jayne Paterson and Kevin David Thomas. Additional casting, including the role of Fredrika Armfeldt, will be announced at a later date.

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SHREK THE MUSICAL®

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INVITES AUDIENCES TO JOIN THE PARTY

AND EXPERIENCE “SHREKtoberfest”

Celebrate Shrek’s one-year anniversary on Broadway

with one of the most exciting OGRE-SIZED events in town!

www.SHREKtoberfest.com

SHREK THE MUSICAL® is excited to announce “SHREKtoberfest,” a month-long festival of “OGRE-SIZED” events leading up to and celebrating the production’s one year anniversary on Broadway on November 8th. Beginning Tuesday, October 6th, 40 performances of SHREK THE MUSICAL® will have tickets that can be purchased for 40% off. In addition, through the first week of November, there will be exciting opportunities for talkbacks with cast members, free giveaways, and special offers on NYC attractions and dining.

After each Wednesday matinee through November 4th,

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Puro Chile, Pure Culture Wine, Food, Design + Travel Emporium opens in Manhattan

 

Puro Chile, a new multimedia retail concept, brings a singular Chilean selection of artisanal wines, gourmet foods, compelling art crafts and the country’s spectacular sights to the heart of Manhattan.

The 2,900 square foot store, designed by internationally celebrated Chilean architect Felipe Assadi, will open on September 23rd at 161 Grand Street. The founders, a group of internationally successful entrepreneurs, set out to create a modern experiential destination that engages the five senses and combine to tell the story of Chile. Co-Founder Mauricio Banchieri states, “A storefront at the busy, international crossroads of SoHo is the ultimate way to offer a portal to our exciting world of Chile.”

 

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NEW YEAR’S EVE IN SOUTH AMERICA TRAVEL WITH THE SINGLE GOURMET

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NEW YEAR’S EVE IN SOUTH AMERICA

TRAVEL WITH THE SINGLE GOURMET

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to Santiago, Chile and Mendoza & Buenos Aires, Argentina

December 26 – January 4, 2010

The Single Gourmet, the longest running international dining and travel club in the world, is planning one of its most exciting trips ever – NEW YEAR’S IN SOUTH AMERICA from December 26, 2009 -January 4th 2010. Haute cuisine, award-winning wines, 5-star hotels, nightlife and hot tangos till dawn…all the ingredients for one unforgettable holiday.

Depart New York on the evening of December 26, 2009 for Santiago, Chile and the 5-star Intercontinental Hotel in the heart of the city. Tour the metro area and visit the area’s internationally acclaimed vineyards. Wine and dine at Santiago’s best restaurants and cueca until dawn. Travel to Mendoza, Argentina and, along the way, enjoy the breathtaking panorama of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in all the Americas. From 5-star Park Hyatt as home, trips are planned around the city and wineries, with special tastings of Argentina’s famous Malbec wines. The only thing that comes close to excitement of the sunsets behind the Andes is the celebration planned on New Year’s Eve at the Park Hyatt, a party that begins with a gala dinner and continues with a post-midnight blowout worthy of being the first event of 2010!

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