Soft jazz bellowed from the record player by the bar. From Bennett to Winehouse, some Hendrix in between, an afternoon in the East Village could hardly be better spent then at the quaint corner of Christopher and Gay, a table for two away from the hustle and bustle on 7th avenue not too far away. It started with a charcuterie of prosciutto, finnochiona and duck pate, marvelously paired with a Chateauneuf-du-Pape. As a whiskey connoisseur and reluctant wine drinker (especially the red variety) it was a refreshing recommendation from the house staff. And that was the atmosphere: one of comfort and care, an aptly Parisian air with countryside appeal.
With the pleasure of my wife across from me, we added the Madame, layers of Gruyere and prosciutto on French bread aside a lightly dressed arugula salad. What followed was quite possibly the best scallop dish we’ve had, perfectly seared atop a truffle potato purée infused with smoked lardons. What would be the pièce de résistance, the duck cassoulet (with skin exquisitely crisped) was actually in very close competition with the cavatelli, penne top with a braised short rib ragu that we would reminisce on until dessert.
It was a welcome respite and a picture of what should be a usual day, our window seats taking us from midday to sunset as Ella Fitzgerald crooned in the background, time seeming to glide by. Rustic accents, exposed brick and modern art all wrapped up in another well executed vision by Chef Dominick Pepe.
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