Thursday, May 6, 2010

Serge French Restaurant {CLOSED}

Nice neighborhood French restaurant with delicious authentic dishes, friendly service and relaxing ambiance.

For the last three years or so I probably walked by this place at least ten times a week but never thought about walking in to have a meal. Even I heard nice comments from neighbors, friends, etc about how nice this restaurant was, for some weird reason I never managed to walk in.

Well, all that changed few days ago when on the way back home my wife and decided to walk in to see what happens. We were greeted by the chef/owner of the restaurant and we were quickly seated in the front dining room. Restaurant is split in to two distinct areas; front room which you walk in with a small bar area and about dozen tables and the back dining room if you prefer a bit more privacy and dimmer lighting. It did seem like there were few couples on a first-date at the back dining area ;-) "wink".

As soon as we sat down our server offered us bread and butter along with the menus and the wine list. Wine list offers a good selection of, mainly French wines costing from $25 to $90 with most within the $40-$50 range. Chef tends to hang out in the front dining room greeting customers, checking on the meals, serving dishes, pouring wine and every so often disappearing back in to the kitchen to bring out more food. I really like the way he makes sure everyone is happy and same goes for the servers, I thought they were polite, friendly and helpful.

When we looked at the menu we wanted to order half of the dishes, they all sounded amazingly delicious but we were good and started with the goat cheese salad with beets & frisee and the guacamole with grilled jumbo shrimp as starters. They also offer daily specials but there were already so many good things in the menu so we continued with the steak au poivre with pepper sauce and French fries and the coq au vin with red wine sauce, vegetables and penne pasta as the main courses. To finish our dinner we ordered the chocolate mousse and the profiteroles.

Everything was better than we expected and hoped for. We just sat there and wondered how come it took us so long to come here then we also thought how soon we can come back to eat the rest of the menu. Prices are not cheap but very reasonable to the quality of the dishes they serve. Also they offer dinner Prix-Fix at $26.95 for three generous courses. I noticed the French onion soup, Mussels with fries and the herb crusted salmon dished were very popular among the fellow diners.

Chef/Owner, who I did not get his name but I assume it is Serge, gave us a round of champagne on the house to welcome us and cheer to our first of many visits to come. It is my new favorite neighborhood restaurant and I can't wait to go back...
Serge
165 Madison Avenue
(Between 32nd & 33rd Streets)
New York, NY 10016
(212) 679-8077
http://www.brasseriecafecreme.com/

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