One of my favourite cuisines is that of French cuisine - bistro cuisine in particular. It's not stuffy, pretentious French food, but instead it's homey, simple and absolutely delicious. Pastis used to be a place to frequent in the Big Apple, however after it's closure, many of us were waiting for what was next for owner Keith McNally and GM Eddie Pinto... they were surely not going to end their legacy.
Well they haven't! Now with Cherche Midi in the Bowery, we can once dine again with at least the feeling of being in Pastis. It is very similar inside, with its tiled flooring and rustic feel. It is very much based on a typical french bistro with its white table cloths and classic bistro chairs.
The food was very good, I had the beef tartare as a main course and we had a taste of their special which was house-made pasta with mushrooms - I know it's not French cuisine but I would definitely order it again if it comes around! The steak tartare had the right amount of kick to it and it was a great portion as a main. The list of cocktails is very intriguing, I tried their Flower of Scotland which is a gin based cocktail with lemon and fresh basil. Simple, but perfect for a lunchtime cocktail. Of course you can order the classic steak & frites and the frites are VERY good. I think that it's a must to order frites when dining at any french establishment.
I would go back in a heartbeat for another lovely experience and gratifying meal. Bon Appetit!
Food: House-made fresh pasta with funghi, steak tartare, and the Flower of Scotland cocktail.
Restaurant: Cherche Midi
Location: 282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012