Casimir & Co (1022a Lexington Avenue, corner of 73rd Street,
212-879-6190, Click Here For Website
Casimir & Co Uptown is open 7 Days a week for lunch
11am-4pm and dinner 4pm-Midnight. The trendy wine bar is also open late night and offers take out and delivery.
With a built in neighborhood clientele and a recent spotlight on the 73rd Street block thanks to the opening of Arlington Club last year, the team of Mario Carta and fellow French restaurateur Patrick Laurent have turned the space formerly occupied by Le Magnifique on
Lexington Avenue into Casimir & Co.
Similar to the original conceptin the East Village,the uptown location of Casimir & Co offers patrons a two story French bistro dining experience with a relaxed, hip vibe and traditional menu offerings. In order to convey the authentic French experience, the duo
pulled together memories from their time in France, having both grown up in Lorraine, which contributed to the menu and décor. As diners walk into Casimir & Co they are welcomed by a (full service) wine bar and an open kitchen with a charcuterie counter.
Rustic wood finishing and long communal high-top tables occupy the main floor with 25 seats, a perfect option for family-style dining. The quaint L-shaped upstairs dining room seats 55 with large windows overlooking Lexington Avenue, and their 28-seat outside dining offering is not to missed, and a perfect option for warm summer dinners and relaxed weekend brunch. Casimir & Co boasts a wine and mixology bar on the main floor also serving wine à la ficelle, giving guests the option to sample wines ‘by the glass’ list and pay based on
consumption by the restaurant’s standard measurements. An ancient practice on the streets of France, but something Casimir & Co is debuting in New York City- a smart and cost effective way to taste a variety of wines. The list is well chosen and affordably priced.
The kitchen aims for dishes rooted in simple, yet heart warming French bistro fare. The approachable menu consists of classic French cuisine with all the trappings of an authentic bistro. Menu offerings, depicted on personal chalkboards, rotate daily for lunch and dinner, including chef inspired specials as well.
For lunch, diners can begin with a rustic Charcuterie Board ($16 for choice of 3, $6 per additional choice) with selections ranging from delicious Saucisson Sec to homemade duck rillettes and succulent pâtés. A steamed Whole Artichoke ($8) with a meaty heart is most enjoyable when dipped into the flavorful Dijon and lemon thyme vinaigrette, as well as a bountiful Crudité ($16) basket big enough for the table, blooming with market fresh vegetables and a light dill yogurt dipping sauce or classic French anchoïade. Lunch entrée options include a perfectly crusty Croque Monsieur or Madame, and a juicy Le French Burger served with frites. (All sandwiches are available with the option of gluten free bread). Briny and meaty Les Moules Marinières are a delectable option served in a classic and aromatic broth of shallots, garlic and white wine, served classically with pommes frites for lapping up the irresistible broth.
While many of the lunch items carry over come nightfall, other options for dinner include the traditional French delicacy Escargots au Beurre d’Ail Persillé ($11), imported Burgundy snails swimming in a rich roasted garlic butter and lightly sprinkled with parsley, as well as a refreshing and delicate Pacific Salmon Carpaccio whose flavors are brightened with a drizzle of lemon, olive oil and fresh dill. A signature house entrée will be L’Entrecote done the “Casimir & Co way.” A grass fed New York strip steak is grilled to your liking and served on a wooden board accompanied by their bold secret sauce and homemade frites. Other rotating dinner entrées range from a flavorful and moist Half Roasted Organic Chicken served with a side of buttery homemade mashed potatoes, to a moist Whole Branzino Roasted in Sea Salt Crust with haricots vert, reminiscent of outdoor dinners in the South of France. Diners will revel in Duck Leg Confit accompanied by crispy oven roasted potatoes and a refreshing frisée salad, and the restaurant’s guilt free indulgence is the uniquely prepared signature “fettuccine” dish made wholly from fresh Hearts of Palm served with a sauce choice of fresh tomato basil or creamy carbonara.
Skipping dessert would be a crime. Sweet tooth charmers include plump Profiteroles, light as air choux pastry filled with whipped cream; delicious Îles Flottantes, or floating island of fluffy meringue and vanilla custard; a classic Crème Caramel, as well as a seasonal selection of ice Creams and Sorbets, and classic French Cheeses.
For an instant trip to France, without having to leave the city, Casimir & Co is the perfect choice. A real charmer.
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