For thirty years, McNally has been one of the biggest players in Manhattan’s food scene, the man behind Odeon, Balthazar, Pastis and the Minetta Tavern. Located on the site of the old Pulino’s pizza joint, he runs another Gallic venue, a younger, hipper Balthazar-style bistro for the Bowery.
The classic French menu includes pan-roasted foie gras, served with homemade brioche, classic steak frites, whole grilled duarade and a robust burger, with gruyere, mushrooms and bacon marmalade.
The restaurant has a vintage feel with red leather banquettes, tiling on the walls and a vast display of wine and spirits in the bar’s cabinets. There are also white tablecloths, which, along with the ever-impressive food, elevate the whole place far above the average bistro.
Romantic dates, power breakfasts and lunches
Homemade Lobster Ravioli in Ginger Beurre Blanc with Piquillo Peppers. Prime Rib Burger with Bacon Marmalade, Roasted Mushrooms, Aged Gruyère Cheese and Pommes Frites.
White Walker - Damoiseau Blanc, Clement, Passion Fruit Puree. K-dub - Marker’s Mark, Orgeat, Lemon Juice, Kafir Lime