A waiter from Cannes, a bony rabbit and a $10 glass of Bordeaux

28 Jan

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OK, so apparently the rabbit could have been meatier (I did not partake), but overall we loved our experience at the new French bistro La Villette in the West Village. Totally unpretentious with a low-lit, lively atmosphere and a comfortable bar for waiting, it was full on a Friday night and all guests seemed to be enjoying themselves. The menu is standard: moules, foie gras, escargot, etc. My filet de boeuf  was well seasoned and appropriately portioned and came with a tiny bit of peppercorn sauce on the side; frites were served in one of those tin cups. The vanilla bean crème brulee was light and lovely; we felt welcome and happy from the moment we arrived until we paid the bill.

Two more plusses: 1. reservations accepted 2. the warm bread basket (olive as well as traditional baguette), served with delicious olive oil into which we sprinkled coarse sea salt to our liking.

Does the city need another one of these places? Not really. Is it nice to stumble upon a pleasant surprise every once in a while? Mais oui.

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