A Little 1-2-3 French Cuisine in the City
I had dinner at the Le Petit Un Deux Trois this past weekend and it was an utter pleasure. The Bistro is located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen and theater district on 43rd and 9th street. I actually found this restaurant by shear accident while going back towards the parking garage. I wanted to find a place to eat that wasn’t too formal, and I wasn’t in the mood for a bag of warm nuts from a hot dog vendor either.
The atmosphere was astonishing and a pleasant surprise compared to the New York surrounding, which is a common trait of Manhattan. It was just passed 5:30pm and the dinner crowd hadn’t yet arrived. The restaurant is divided into two dinning areas. The main dinning room is a more formal setting for larger groups, while the rear dinning area has a hiden garden feeling to it which suites a company of two or dinner for one. The back dinning area feels more like a private retreat than a restaurant, which is perfect if you are looking to escape the fast-paced city for a few hours. As you look up, the ceiling is replaced with a glass roof. So, when you glaze upward, the ceiling it is filled with the night sky. The candle light in combination with the recessed lighting enhances the romantic setting.
The host cordially sat me in the rear dinning area and started me off with some fresh bread, seasoned butter, and a Pissaladiere appetizer (sautéed onions and anchovies on French flatbread). From the long list of wines, I decided upon a glass of 2003 Lalande-de-Pomerol Bordeaux ($16 a glass). Most wine connoisseurs will insist on drinking red wines with red meats and whites with fowl and fish…not me. I prefer red wine with almost any dish regardless of the type of meat or lack there of.
For starters, I had the Soupe De Poisson (a fish soup with rouille sauce with croutons). The Soupe De Poisson is an acquired taste, but pay this no mind, it is quite delicious. What I really enjoyed about this soup is there is no fishy taste and goes well with the Salade Maison (Boston lettuce, cucumber, carrots, and a chive vinaigrette dressing).
I scanned the entire menu. I honestly had a hard time deciding, because there was so many dishes to chose from. I decided on the Spaghetti Crevettes Legumes. The dish includes spaghetti with shrimp, asparagus spears, zucchini, and tomatoes sautéed in garlic and olive oil. Not only was the dish prepared perfectly, it was priced right considering how much I paid for a single glass of wine. In fact, my main course was cheaper than the wine. Much of the menu is reasonably priced considering the upper class feel of the restaurant.
I should have tried a desert to end the night, but my evening was shortened due to my long visit in the big apple. Overall, my experience at Le Petit Un Deux Trois was a pleasant one.
If you visit New York City and your craving is French cuisine, I highly recommend a visit to the Le Petit Un Deux Trois. If you visit the next door theater, Le Petit offers a Theater special with an appetizer of your choice, entrée, and desert for $24.50. Cocktails and beer is only $9.
The restaurant is fairly new in operation that opened in late 2008. The original restaurant, Le Madeleine was also a French Bistro, was closed down after 29 years of service. The presence of Le Petit Un Deux supersedes the former bistro with its own touch of…shall we say, “grandeur”.
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