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...
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2 Park Avenue, New York, New York, 10016
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Retail Cheese Counter: 212.532.4033