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!

Sample Dinner Menu. Note: Some Dishes and Prices have changed.

Appetizers

Notre Salad Verte
Our Mixed Green Salad with House Vinaigrette
$6.95

Salad de Roquette et Copeaux de Parmesan
Wild Arugula Salad with Parmesan Cheese
and Balsamic Vinegar
$7.95

Traditionnel Gazpacho
Chilled Soup with diced Tomatoes, Cucumbers,
Peppers and Avocados
$6.95

Soupe de Melon au Sauterne
Chilled Fresh Melon Soup with Sauterne Wine
$8.95

Escargots de Bourgogne
1/2 Dozen French Snails with Parsley Butter
and Garlic Sauce
$9.95

Tartare de Thon
Fresh Tuna Tartare with Wasabi, Caviar, and Sesame Oil
$10.95

Saumon Fume fait Maison
Salmon Smoked in House with Vodka Cream
and Sarasin Blinis
$10.95

Salad de Calamars, Sauce Curry
Calamari Salad Stuffed with Garlic and Shallots
served with Curry Dressing
$8.95

Quenelles de Chevre et sa Julienne de Concombres
Homemade Goat Cheese Mousse
with a Julienne of Cucumber and Black Olives
$8.95

Foie Gras Poele
Seared Foie Gras with Peach and Yogurt Dressing
$15.95

Caviar a la Russe
Fresh Caviar with Scrambled Eggs and Chive Butter
$24.95

 

Entrees

Dinner – Main Courses

Panache de Poissons et Petits Legumes
Sautéed Seafood Medley with Mixed Vegetables
and Aioli Sauce
$18.95

Papillotte de Saumon aux Asperges
Steamed Atlantic Salmon in Papillotte
served with Spinach, Asparagus, and Lemongrass
$18.95

Tuna Grille Provencal
Grilled Tuna Provencal Style,
with Roasted Red Peppers, and Caperberry Sauce
$19.95

Sauté de St Jacques a la Barigoule
Seared Scallops served with Braised Baby Artichokes,
with Cilantro Lemon Dressing
$20.95

Traditionelle Galette Sarrasin
French crêpe stuffed with spinach, eggs, cheese, and ham
$15.95

Penne Pommadoro
Penne with Fresh Tomato Basil Compote
$14.95

Salad Niçoise Classique
Classic Niçoise Salad with fresh Grilled Tuna, Potato,
hard-boiled Egg, Tomato, String Beans, Olives and Anchovies
$15.95

Moules Marinieres
Steamed Mussels in White Wine, Garlic, and Parsley
$15.95

Steak Tartare
Chopped Sirloin Steak with Onions, Capers, Cornichons,
Parsley, and Worcestershire Sauce Topped with a Raw Egg
$18.95

Pastilla D ’Agneau a la Marocaine
Lamb in Phyllo Dough with Squash Salad
$20.95

Poulet Roti a L ’Alsacienne
Roasted Free Range Chicken with Spatzle and Confit Garlic
$16.95

Traditionnel Steak au Poivre
Grilled Sirloin Steak with Pepper Sauce and Potato Galette
$19.95

Magret de Canard roti a la Mangue
Roasted Breast of Duck with Leeks, Turnips and Mango Sauce
$20.95

Burger du Chef
Kobe Beef Burger with Brie Cheese and Potato Chips
$16.95

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SIDE ORDERS

$6 Spinach · Mushrooms · French Fries · Asparagus Gratin

notre salade verte
salade de roquette
et copeaux de parmesan
traditionnel gazpacho
soupe de melon au sauterne
escargots de bourgogne
tartare de thon
saumon fume fait maison
foie gras poele
caviar a la russe
salade de calamars,
sauce curry.
quenelles de chevre
et sa julienne de concombres
our mixed green salad with house vinaigrette
$6.95
wild arugula salad with parmesan cheese
and balsamic vinegar
$7.95
chilled soup with diced tomatoes, cucumbers,
peppers and avocados
$6.95
chilled fresh melon soup with sauterne wine
$8.95
1/2 dozen french snails with parsley butter
and garlic sauce
$9.95
fresh tuna tartare with wasabi, caviar, and sesame oil
$10.95
salmon smoked in house with vodka cream
and sarasin blinis
$10.95
calamari salad stuffed with garlic and shallots
served with curry dressing
$8.95
homemade goat cheese mousse
with a julienne of cucumber and black olives
$8.95
seared foie gras with peach and yogurt dressing
$15.95
fresh caviar with scrambled eggs and chive butter
$24.95
dinner appetizers
panache de poissons
et petits legumes
papillotte de saumon
aux asperges
tuna grille provencal
saute de st jacques
a la barigoule
traditionnelle
galette sarrasin
penne pommadoro
salade niçoise classique
pastilla d’agneau
a la marocaine
poulet roti a l’alsacienne
traditionnel steak
au poivre
magret de canard roti
a la mangue
burger du chef
moules marinieres
steak tartare
sautéed seafood medley with mixed vegetables
and aioli sauce
$18.95
steamed Atlantic salmon in papillotte
served with spinach, asparagus, and lemongrass
$18.95
grilled tuna provencal style,
with roasted red peppers, and caperberry sauce
$19.95
seared scallops served with braised baby artichokes,
with cilantro lemon dressing
$20.95
french crepe stuffed with spinach, eggs, cheese, and ham
$15.95
penne with fresh tomato basil compote
$14.95
classic niçoise salad with fresh grilled tuna, potato,
hard-boiled egg, tomato, string beans, olives and anchovies
$15.95
steamed mussels in white wine, garlic, and parsley
$15.95
chopped sirloin steak with onions, capers, cornichons,
parsley, and worcestershire sauce topped with a raw egg
$18.95
lamb in phyllo dough with squash salad
$20.95
roasted free range chicken with spatzle and confit garlic
$16.95
grilled sirloin steak with pepper sauce and potato galette
$19.95
roasted breast of duck with leeks, turnips and mango sauce
$20.95
kobe beef burger with brie cheese and potato chips
$16.95
dinner entrées
side orders
$6
spinach · mushrooms · french fries · asparagus gratin

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PARIS UPTOWN

CHEZ LUCIENNE RESTAURANT

BRINGS THE BRASSERIE SPIRIT OF THE CITY OF LIGHTS TO THE HEART OF HARLEM

 

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. 

Chez Lucienne, Harlem’s new French Brasserie, has been a hugely popular success ever since it opened its doors in February of 2009.   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 camaraderie. As a vibrant hotbed of music, culture, food and rich with history, Harlem is the perfect host for the French brasserie spirit. Executive Chef Thomas Oberton, along with Chef/Partner Matthew Tivy, have created a menu of classic French fare served in a very convivial and decidedly French ambiance.

After graduating as a chef from Hotel and Tourism school in France, Chef Obaton spent the next thirteen years training in some of the most renowned Michelin starred kitchens of France, including Guy Savoy, Lucas Carton, and Alain Chapel.  The 30 year old Obaton brings a mature discipline (and a touch of whimsy) to true French classics such as: Escargot de Bourgogne, Moules Marinieres with Frites, Steak Tartare, to name just a few.  Chez Lucienne has just brought on board Chef Slamani to oversee a full dessert menu with the likes of: Crepes Suzettes, Baba Au Rhum, Parfait au Café, Chocolate Hazelnut Dacquoise, and other French sweet treats.

Chez Lucienne is open for Lunch, Brunch, and Dinner, seven days a week. All major cc accepted.  Matthew Tivy’s Café du Soleil on the Upper West Side of Manhattan features Provençal specialties.

Chez Lucienne

308 Lenox Avenue

New York, NY 10027

212-289-5555

http://www.chezlucienne.com

HARLEM-PARIS: Sister Cities In Jazz

Live Jazz Ensemble On Harlem Day, Sunday, August 16th

Jazz greats inspired by the city of light and the French food that inspired them

As part of Harlem Week, on Sunday, August 16th (official Harlem Day), Chez Lucienne will launch a week-long promotion: Harlem-Paris: Sister Cities In Jazz. Chez Lucienne (Harlem’s only, and possibly first ever French Brasserie) will kick off a week of menu specials with a live concert by former Duke Ellington Society president and legendary jazz standard vocalist, John Rainbow, on Sunday, August 16th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

Chez Lucienne celebrates Harlem Week by paying homage to the Jazz greats who lived in and inspired Paris, by featuring specials of mid twentieth century French food, the kinds that were popular in the Paris brasseries, bistros, and cafes when the Jazz greats continued to light up the City of Light with their talent.

Chez Lucienne

308 Lenox Avenue

New York, NY 10027

212-289-5555

http://www.chezlucienne.com

Copyright 2009 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved

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