Le Pescadeux’s Refined Seafood Is Some Of NY’s Best . . . And It’s a Bargain
On a quaint block on Thompson Street, nestled between Prince and Spring, sits a small restaurant with a big purpose. Le Pescadeux is the only restaurant in New York City that focuses on the French Canadian culinary migration experience from the Maritimes through Quebec and down to Louisiana. Owner Chuck Perley, a native of Montreal, Quebec and known for his previous success Le Pescadou, the city’s first French seafood bistro, is committed to demonstrating the incredible culinary history Canada possesses and how their prowess has trickled down the East Coast and thankfully onto our plates.The results are memorable.
The Charming Dining Room
Throughout Le Pescadeux’s lunch, dinner, early “birdy” and brunch menus, fish sourced both from Canada and down through its East Coast culinary trail are the stars. To begin, Selected East Coast OYSTERS (we sampled four varieties) were so perfect they only needed a squirt of lemon. Succulent LITTLE NECK CLAMS were their equal.
That the chef knows his thing is proved in such appetizers as Roasted Calamari with Picante Piri Piri Sauce, a nod to the Portuguese settlement in Canada and the spicy chili used throughout Portuguese cuisine; Tender Octopus in a light tomato sauce (a special); Cajun Glazed Rock Shrimp with Blue Cheese Sauce, demonstrating the Acadian movement of French speaking settlers from the Maritime Provinces to Louisiana, the land of Cajun cuisine had an addictive crunch, yet remained remarkably moist; and Sautéed P.E.I. Mussels with Chorizo and Tomato, a twist on the traditional mussels harvested from Prince Edward Island’s coastal community, were absolutely delicious..
The Signature Roasted Calamari with Piri Piri Sauce
Besides the unique French Canadian concept, probably one of the most unusual aspects of Le Pescadeux’s menu is their “Fish Duets,” where diners can choose two, half orders of the signature seafood options for only $22. It is an incredible deal but more over a wonderful way to continue your palate’s tour de Canada. Popular choices are the Grand Bank Flounder with a Fried Oyster Hat in a Béarnaise; the Walleye Pike “Gnocchi,” with Organic Baby Turnips and Lardons, so fluffy and light but hand made with no potato in sight; and the Crisped Atlantic Dorado with Cauliflower Puree. Soft Shell Crabs with Spicy Mayonnaise (a special) were crispy delights.
Fish Duet of Bass and Cod Above
While seafood may be the star, a wide variety of meats provide a brilliant supporting cast performance. The Braised Pork with Bone Marrow Butter under appetizers gets the award for most succulent; the Picci Pasta with Duck Ragout wins for most hearty; the Hanger Steak aux ‘Deux’ Poivres with Jack’s Fries is a stand out for taste and tenderness in a city overflowing with steak options; and the Lamb Porterhouse with Madeira Glaze and Mushroom Polenta has just enough sweet and savory. Inquire about specials. We adored the Bouillabaisse Quebecoise, (Quebec-Style) Fish Soup that puts French Bouillabaisse to shame.
For Le Pescadeux, Perley combined forces with French born Bruno Soubirous, a long time employee of Le Pescadou, and an incredibly well seasoned restaurant professional, probably best known for his time as Restaurant Manager and Maitre d’ in the BLT Empire. In addition to his duties as co-owner, Soubirous also put together Le Pescadeux’s impressive wine list, covering many regions in France, Italy, New Zealand, Austria, the USA, Germany, Argentina, Australia and of course Canada for their incredible Riesling and Ice Wine. We enjoyed an outstanding 2007 Graves for $58 from Chateau Ferrande and a complex Ice Wine from Peller Estate. There are also some excellent values in wines by the glass, especially Champagnes.
Manning the kitchen is Executive Chef Adriano Ricco, a super star chef, born in Brazil but with experience across a variety of cuisines. He was most recently cooking alongside Floyd Cardoz at Tabla but spent an incredible 4 years with Laurent Tourondel at a variety of his BLT establishments and started his career at D.O.M. Restaurant in Sao Paolo, Brazil. His versatility and timing are as amazing as his eye-catching tattoos.
Besides the excellent bread from Sullivan Street Bakery, desserts are surprising excellent. Don’t miss the Quebec City Sugar Pie and Tapioca, Cranberry, Walnut Fritters with White Choco Crème Anglaise. There is also a terrific Cheese selection, all in prime condition and served at room temperature.
Le Pescadeux is open Tuesday – Sunday, serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Le Pescadeux also offers a great happy hour from 4:30-7pm on weekdays offering beer and cocktail specials along with half price oysters.
Don’t Miss It! An Absolute Must!!!
Le Pescadeux (90 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012,
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