Petrossian . . . NY’s Most Parisian Restaurant is also One Of its Best

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182 West 58th Street at 7th Ave., ?New York, NY 10019 ? Phone : 212-245-2214 ?Fax : 212-245-2812 Email :


182 West 58th Street
(58th St. at 7th Ave.)
New York, NY 10019

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Phone : 212-245-2214
Fax : 212-245-2812
Hours of operation: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Brunch: Sat-Sun 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Dinner: Mon-Sat 5:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Dinner: Sun 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Petrossian New York offers caviar tastings. For more information, Click Here

Petrossian New York’s Exquisite Bar (Below)

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It was in the 1920’s that two Armenian brothers–Melkoum and Mouchegh Petrossian–first introduced Paris to the magic of caviar and, in doing so, founded the company that today is the premier buyer and importer of Russian caviar worldwide.

During the “années folles”, known as the “Roaring 20s” in the United States, Paris welcomed exiled Russian princes, intellectuals and aristocrats with open arms, and Parisians quickly embraced all things Russian, especially the arts, ballet, the choreography of Diaghilev, and the music of Igor Stravinsky. Nonetheless, there was one thing missing from the Russian expatriates’ lives: caviar. The French had yet to be introduced to this rare delicacy, a situation that the Petrossian brothers immediately set out to remedy.

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The Spacious Main Dining Room  (Above)

Founded in 1984, New York’s Petrossian restaurant is housed in the historic Alwyn Court Building on Manhattan’s West Side, one block from Carnegie Hall and four blocks from Lincoln Center. Owned by the Petrossians, it serves a French-influenced contemporary menu that features the caviar, smoked fish, and foie gras delicacies for which Petrossian is known throughout the world. Lunch, dinner, and brunch can be enjoyed at either the art deco style mirrored bar or in the dining room. Designed by Ion Oroveanu, the restaurant features Lalique crystal wall sconces, bronze sculptures from the 1930’s, etched Erté mirrors, Limoges china, Lanvin chandelier and pink Finnish granite, all harmonizing to create a visual ambiance that can be savored equally with the unsurpassed gourmet experience.

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  Elegant Flowers Grace the Bar

Always New York’s most Parisian restaurant, Petrossian is forever youthful with a tempered balance of its past and a clear knowledge of its future. Soft sounds of Billie Holiday and Ella play in the background and caress the senses as subtle service, beautifully orchestrated by maître d’hôtel Rene Scarzeroa, pampers without intrusion.

Top of the line in the legendary caviar department, is the Classic Three Caviar Presentation which includes 20g each of Royal Ossetra, which is delectably fresh and fruity, Ossetra ranges in color from light brown to dark brown, its firm grain is pleasing and juicy, with a distinctive nutty taste that inspires fierce loyalties. This Ossetra captures the eggs at their absolute peak of size, flavor, color and texture, when the sturgeon are at their most mature. Truly sublime; Royal Transmontanus Caviar, sustainable white sturgeon, native to California, produces this elegant caviar that evokes the taste of the finest Ossetra, with a nutty flavor that’s at once smooth and robust and Special Reserve Alverta President: Sustainable from mature, white sturgeon in the clear, cold waters of northern California, its smallish size bead has a nutty, buttery flavor. Purists insist on buttered toast only, but don’t miss the beautiful presentation of featherweight blini (Russian pancakes), crème fraiche, chopped egg whites, yolk and onion .

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Petrossian Teaser of Beautiful Appetizers (Above)

But  Petrossian has a serious kitchen and Chef: German Calle has a deft hand. Recommended appetizers include a remarkable  Cold Lobster and Artichoke Salad with Fava Beans, Caviar Royal Transmontanus and a delicate Lobster Vinaigrette. Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Apricot – Green Apple Tatin, and Spiced Hazelnuts is not only elegant but as good as it reads. Petrossian’s “Premiere” smoked salmon is buttery and outstanding.

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For entrée stars, look no further than, sumptuous Seared Diver Scallops with Sweet English Peas, Baby Fennel, Crispy Turnips, Morel Mushrooms, Round Carrots, Bottarga in a
Parmesan Nage. Seared Chilean Sea Bass and Tarama, Fennel Purée, Steamed Spinach, White Asparagus  in Cardamom Carrot Sauce is also lovely and the signature Pan Roasted West Coast Sturgeon, Ratte Potatoes, Tender Vegetable Succotash, in a Caviar Beurre Blanc is still a standout. Dover Sole Meuniere with Braised Asparagus, Steamed, Dilled Potatoes, in a dressing of Capers, Lime, and Hazelnuts is one of the best seafood creations I’ve had this year, 

If seafood is not your thing, you’ll love Pan Roasted Long Island Duck, Turnips Variation, Poached Asian Pear, Compressed Duck Leg, Coco Bean Purée cinnamon Duck Reduction or a beautifully tender Roasted New Zealand Lamb Rack. There is also a fine Petite Filet Mignon, Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Truffle Scented Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus, in Cabernet Sauce

All desserts, are stylish and delicious. Our favorite was The best crème brulée imaginable with a velvety custard and parchment crust. The vanilla  flavor was intense, yet not intrusive. Granny Smith Apple Tart was light and delicious. The vodka and Champagne by the glass selection is terrific and comprehensive; the wine list has loads of good bottles priced affordably. The Prix fixe dinner (currently $48) is Manhattan’s best buy in any luxury restaurant. Petrossian, 182 West 58th Street, is one of NY’s five best restaurants

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Caviar Steak Tartare (left) Seared Diver Sea Scallops (Right)

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Seared White Sturgeon

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Caviar Tasting For Two – or More!

Caviar Tasting For Two - or More!

Looking for a unique gift idea this year? Maybe a once-in-a-lifetime event for an anniversary or wedding? Savor the pleasures of Petrossian with this Caviar Tasting For Two (or more!). Available at both our New York and West Hollywood locations, the Caviar Tasting For Two offers a tasting of Petrossian’s finest caviar, hosted by one of Petrossian’s caviar experts. Learn the story behind Petrossian Caviar with your exquisite tasting, then enjoy a prix fixe dinner.

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Sel et Poivre Revisited

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ADDRESS: 853 Lexington Avenue

(Between 64th and 65th Streets)

New York, NY 10065


TELEPHONE: (212) 517-5780

FAX: (212) 517-4785

HOURS: Lunch: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

Dinner: 4:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Mon.-Thurs.

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Fri.-Sat.

4:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sun.

Brunch: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM, Sat.-Sun.

PRICE RANGE: Lunch (entrées): $12.95 – $29.95

3-Course Prix Fixe Lunch Menu: $19.95

2-Course Prix Fixe Lunch Menu : $15.95

Dinner (entrées): $14.95 – $32.95

3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu: $29.95


1-Course Prix Fixe Brunch Menu

(With Mimosa or Bloody Mary

and coffee) $15.95 (Sat.-Sun.)

CUISINE: French Bistro


DESIGNERS: Christian Schienle

Pamela Schienle

EXECUTIVE CHEF: Christian Schienle

WINE DIRECTOR: Christian Schienle

OWNERS: Christian Schienle

Pamela Schienle

OPENING DATE: June, 1989



In our quest to review the newest and most trendy restaurant openings, let’s not forget New York’s heritage of charming family-run establishments. Whether they be American, ethnic or a charming French bistro such as Sel et Poivre (Above), they are worth revisiting, remembering and add focus to a constantly changing restaurant scene, where the venue or clientele is often the main feature.


The stylish, sophisticated dining room is enhanced by a 12-foot high ceiling, candlelit wood tables with white linen tablecloths, The: Intimate, romantic ambiance includes leather and fabric-upholstered banquettes, classic wood bistro chairs, antique sconces, pale yellow walls,wood floors, classic mirrors, black-and-white framed family photos of international travels alongside prints from renowned European photographers, and mood lighting to create a classic Parisian bistro setting.

Owner/Chef Christian Schienle, formerly at L’Absinthe, is handsome, charming and prepares classic French bistro dishes with a refined, updated flair. He has created one of the most honest value-oriented bistros in Manhattan, which will celebrate its 25th birthday in June 2014.

Favored appetizers include crunchy Celery root remoulade with red beets, an intensely flavored Terrine de Foie Gras with red wine grapes, and wonderful, Escargots with garlic butter and herbs. For something lighter, try Cold Lobster salad with Avocado mousse and grapefruit coulie.

Go for the signature bistro classics in such delectable entrees as Brook Trout Almandine, Frog Legs a la Provencal, Pork Chop with Braised Onions and Apples in a heady calvados sauce with crispy herb roasted potatoes, tender, juicy Aged New York sirloin steak with Roquefort or Poivre sauce and crispy Duck a l’orange with wild rice. The Cassoulet is one of the best in the city and don’t miss the superbly elegant Frog legs in a pernod sauce, with wild mushrooms and basmati rice.

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Inquire about the daily specials such as (Friday) Cassoulet , (Saturday) Cous Cous Royal

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Go easy on the excellent warm baguettes. You want to save room for the terrific desserts.

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I loved the layered Chocolate Mousse, traditional Profiteroles and  light and  elegant Fresh Fruit Tart.  There is cheese and a nice selection of sorbets as well as a terrific molten chocolate cake.

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The 10-foot long custom-made L-shaped oak bar, located in the front of the Dining Room, features a predominantly French and American wine list with an international flair. It features handsome wood barstools. An impressive variety of wines are available by the glass. In addition, a premier selection of spirits,liquors, digestifs, dessert wines, imported beers,and classic cocktails are also available. The Lunch,Dinner, and Brunch Menus are available at the bar.

We found the cocktails well made and generous. Red wine glasses are attractive and large enough to allow wines such as the excellent  2010 CHATEAU LES HAUTES TUILERIES LALAND-DE-POMMEROL ($15.00, per glass) room to breathe. This is a fine red vintage wine from the Lalande de Pomerol region in Bordeaux France. Or splurge with a glass of Moet for just $14. The wine selection by the bottle is both well chosen and fairly priced.

Service and reception at the door and warm and friendly, so take our advice and revisit Sel et Poivre. If this your first time, you’re in for an affordable and eminently pleasant dining experience. A personal favorite!



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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.   


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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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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BRASSERIE COGNAC EAST: A Quintessentially French Brasserie on Manhattan’s Upper East Side


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Brasserie Cognac East

(963 Lexington Avenue, at 70th Street, New York, NY 10021;



Situated on a quaint corner, Brasserie Cognac East’s stunning two-story space is as inviting and charming, as it is elegant and sophisticated. The main level is divided by a central winding stair case that  leads to the upstairs dining room, which can serve as a private dining room.

Neutral gray walls, burgundy banquettes and vintage mirrors create a relaxed, upscale brasserie feel, enhanced by a long brass bar, perfect for sipping wines and aperitifs. Upstairs, a shimmery ceiling and vibrant purple walls give life to the intimate room lined with windows and decorated with vintage chandeliers. Two working
fireplaces (one on each level) are added bonuses. Brasserie Cognac East also provides a delightful outdoor café for fantastic alfresco dining, weather permitting.

New York’s most rewarding restaurants have always been the small, charming finds and Cognac East avoids clichés, overly-trendy  shockers and global-molecular fusion, instead presenting contemporary  plays on classics at affordable prices with friendly service, looked over by the charming GM Bernard DuPont. There is also an outstanding wine list that extends to great cocktails and wines by the glass, such as the delicious VILLA BEL AIR, JM Cazes (FROM Lynch Bages)..

Here is an authentic French brasserie from Executive Chef/Partner Florian V. Hugo (Brasserie Cognac, Theater District NYC), an Alain Ducasse veteran and direct descendant of Victor Hugo; and Serafina Restaurant Group owners Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato.

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Chef Hugo listened to the loyal Upper East Side residing patrons of his five-year old Midtown West Brasserie Cognac (, by bringing a taste of France to their uptown neighborhood. Hugo, a native of Provence, is known for his traditional French fare with a sophisticated,contemporary twist.

Hugo’s culinary versatility shows in his modern creations, such as Goat Cheese and Tomato Tart on a warm puff pastry, and an amazing Tuna Tart, a thin tart flambé crust with wasabi cream and pickled ginger. Honoring the timeless classics, Hugo offers the best renditions of Cheese Soufflé, Niçoise Salad, an aromatic Lobster Bisque, classic Blanquette de Veau and daily special like a homey pot au feu.Guests can enjoy his signature Filet au Poivre, flambéed tableside with – of course – Cognac, or a singular roast chicken preparation as well as the outstanding COTE DE BOEUF, PRIME RIB COOKED ON THE GRILL,WITH GRATIN DAUPHINOIS, CREAMED SPINACH AND TRUFFLE BEEF JUS (for 1 or 2Pers).

Desserts range from: wonderful housemade cookies, a light and delicate FLOATING ISLAND (POACHED MERINGUE WITH CARAMEL AND VANILLA CRÈME ANGLAISE)  and lovely rendition of PROFITEROLES,  to a formidable Chocolate Soufflé, to name but a few.

Brasserie Cognac East, also named for the region in France known for its Cognac production, has an extensive Cognac selection with up to 50 labels, as well as three distinctive French beers on draft, as any reputable brasserie is known to offer. The restaurant also presents an interesting, predominantly French wine list, offering a combination of renowned labels and delicious affordable finds from little-known regions. Hugo personally curates the beverage program. Click Here For The List

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At Brasserie Cognac East, guests can begin their day with house-made Mini-Croissants, Fresh Ricotta & Raspberry Pancakes, and Orange & Espresso French Toast. Hugo offers popular ‘Œufs’ selections, such as Eggs in Brioche and ethereal Egg White Vegetable Frittata.

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Unique to Brasserie Cognac East is “Le Goûter”- refined French afternoon snack including tea service  (2:30pm-5pm), available every day with a fine selection of tea sandwiches, scones and house-made pastries, sure to please grown-ups as well as children.

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Brasserie Cognac East is open every day for breakfast, brunch, lunch, Le Goûter (afternoon tea/snacks) and dinner

Absolutely one of the five best upscale bistros in New York, BCE is packed with happy customers, so reserve.  For more information, go to Click Here for Website.

or here to make RESERVATIONS Click Here.

But by all means go. You’re going to like this one.


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Paname Brings Paris To The Upper East Side, With Style and Affordability


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Address: 1068 Second Ave
Midtown East
New York
Cross Street: between 56th and 57th Sts
Venue phone: 212-207-3737
Venue website: Click Here For Website
Opening hours: Daily 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R to Lexington Ave–59th St; E, M to Lexington Ave–53rd St

Manhattan’s most pleasant new restaurant find is this  45-seat restaurant, *Paname, named after a nickname for Paris. The executive chef/owner Bernard Ros—had closed the popular *Meli Melo following a fire in 2011. He makes his return to Midtown East with this casual and upscale French bistro.  The kitchen turns out first rate Gallic classics such as plump escargots de Bourgogne, terrific mussels à la Marinière and a Provençal seafood bouillabaisse drizzled with garlic aioli that will make you think you are in France.

The veal chop is deliciously tender and beautifully sauced and all seafood is fresh and as good as it gets. Good European wines are available by the glass as well as the bottle, and beer choices include standards like Stella Artois and Heineken.  There are white-clothed banquet, topped with butcher paper and comfortable tables. The walls are hang with Art Deco mirrors and large Erté-inspired paintings done by Parisian Beaux Arts students And oh what lovely vases of flowers..Don’t fail to sample the excellent desserts, such as crepes, doused with Grand Marnier liqueur. Paname would be a welcome addition to any neighborhood and If Mr. Ros can hold the prices.
it may be the best value in upscale French cuisine on the east Side.



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Le Périgord Reins as NY’s Grand Dame of Luxury French Restaurants

Le Périgord

405 East  52nd Street

(212) 755-6244

Website: Click Here

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Le Périgord , the unpretentiously pedigreed Sutton Place dining institution,may be over 45 years old, but a spiffy refurbishing and the always wonderful food keeps celebrities, U.N. delegates and loyal regulars returning year in and year out, to make this Grand Dame NY’s most satisfying luxury French restaurant.

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A recent dinner starting with a dozen sparkling East Coast oysters, followed by a fresh ramp Vichyssoise, then miraculous baby soft shell crabs in butter almond sauce and airy soufflés, not to forget the grand dessert carte, breads and superb wine selection, all at affordable prices, keeps Le Perigord the reigning star of NY luxury French restaurants. If there could be just one host in this town, George Briguet would be the king. Our personal favorite!


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Chez Josephine Is Alive and Well, With Glamour, Music and Great Food

Chez Josephine 414 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036 212-594-1925 Neighborhood: Theater District / Times Square Click Here For Reservations CHEZ JOSEPHINE and its ever-gracious host, Jean-Claude Baker offers live piano every evening starting at 6 p.m., and Saturdays are extra special with pianist Joseph Douglas, as well as Sarah McLawler (piano/vocals) performing with […]