Like it! Le Gigot

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
French food is tricky. Too often it's overdone: over-sauced, over-cute, over-small. But when it's done right, there's no more satisfying meal. Le Gigot, a tiny place in New York's Greenwich Village does French bistro food just right.

The menu reads like the index of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. All the old favorites are there: boeuf Bourguignon, housemade duck confit, cassoulet, and of course, gigot aux flagolets.  For starters I recommend the beautiful country pâté or share the Charcuterie plate with duck rillettes and two kinds of pâté. Their Montrachet salad is a marvel-tapenade on toasted baguette highlight the warm chèvre and crisp greens.

A small assortment of well priced, carefully selected wines that pair well with the rich foods delight the palate without breaking the bank. Finish up with a comforting and delicious dessert. Again, it's the standards beautifully done: flambéed bananas, vanilla bean crème brulée, and their specialty, Tarte Tatin.

Wood-warmed ambiance and stellar service provide a perfect backdrop to the classic French dishes. Le Gigot is located at 18 Cornelia Street. They serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, from Tuesday through Sunday. They accept only Amex and cash so be prepared. And bon appétit!

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