Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro in New York

Lynn and I ate at Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro and Wine Bar as part of our whirlwind 24 hour Manhattan trip.  The restaurant, owned by Chef Terrance Brennan recalls a Parisian bistro with the Chef Brennan adding unexpected touches to traditional French fare (substituting Monkfish into Osso Bucco). 

Our experience there was very satisfactory.  I had grilled octopus which I don't think I have ever had before.  Lynn had sauteed skate wing which is a dish that we have not been able to find anywhere on Long Island and which she pronounced to be near perfect.  
the famous cheese cave

The cocktails were nice, particularly the French 75; a concoction of gin, Lemon and Champagne.  Lynn had a bracing Stilton Martini which was ice cold relief after our hot day of walking through Soho.
the famous cheese

The size of AF is nothing short of cavernous with a huge French mural circa 1930, a cheese cave as well as a sizable, separate bar area.  This makes the space impressive but also tricky in some ways as it can be an exercise in self consciousness to be one of only a few diners in a huge restaurant (this was the case when we arrived on the early side for dinner on Saturday night).  It would be particularly great to take a large party or family-perhaps one day...

Contact and other info
2 Park Avenue, New York, New York, 10016

Reservations: 212.725.8585

Fax: 212.481.5455
Online Reservations: click here
Retail Cheese Counter: 212.532.4033
Kitchen: 212.532.3876

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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