Paris via New York: Boucherie Restaurant in West Village

From regular contributor Betty Guernsey:

Bonnes nouvelles!!! New York has a brand new restaurant in the grand tradition of Maxim’s – Boucherie, the latest venture of former chef de cuisine of the late-lamented Pastis in the Meatpacking district.

Set on a popular stretch of the West Village, with a jaunty red awning, Boucherie is true to its name, catering to lovers of le bifsteak – it even has a sit-in beef counter where aficionados can see their orders grilled to perfection over a wood fire – though its menu extends to rabbit, racks of venison and lamb, duck and poulet, in addition to trout and salmon.

Everything is elegant and beautifully presented, from the Salade Niçoise and Scallops Saint-Jacques to the truly delectable Crêpes Suzette.

Multi-level, spacious and airy, with marble-topped tables, potted palms, fin-de-siècle art on the walls, a zinc bar that must be 40 feet long, a well-considered list of wines and anisettes, and French music playing unobtrusively in the background (have you ever heard “Dancing Cheek to Cheek” sung in French?) — one would not be surprised to see Manet, Lautrec, or (dare we say it — Louis Jourdan), sitting quietly in a corner, with a platter of escargots.

99 Seventh Avenue South, near the corner of Grove.

Merci mille fois, Betty!

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