(Now Closed)
French Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times recommend this place
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  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    At this intimate, New American West Village eatery, the brunch menu features a burrata-filled grilled cheese sandwich, accompanied by basil, romesco sauce and a choice of bacon or chorizo. Read more
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BromwichJune 11, 2012
    Awesome spot for brunch! Start with the Bloody Mary (with fried pork belly and rock shrimp) or the individual French press coffe and end with their very yummy spin on… (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyNovember 15, 2012
    A Parisian inspired Thanksgiving meal is on the menu including pumpkin espuma with bay scallops, pear, roasted sablefish with chicken dumplings & turkey roulade with chestnut and cranberries.
  • Erika P.
    Erika PontesSeptember 24, 2014
    Cod fritters, branzino and beef cheek we're delicious! But if ordering a la carte one starter and one main is more than enough even though they recommend 3-4 dishes.
  • HOBNOB Magazine
    HOBNOB MagazineJuly 1, 2012
    Quintessential West Village spot. The spicy sweetbreads satisfy, as does the scallops and lobster risotto. The special Caipirinha made with apple/beet juice and fresh ginger, fantastic.
  • Javier M.
    Javier MunozMarch 2, 2015
    Little, cozy, chic and with a menu so good that you would like to try it all. I went for brunch and had French toasts. I would come back just for them. Delish:)
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesMay 19, 2011
    For a nice white wine (and a great value), opt for Domaine Mardon's Quincy; this Loire Valley appellation produces rounder, mineral-driven versions of sauvignon blanc; 2009's good vintage. Enjoy!
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownJuly 1, 2012
    The PB&J French toast must be tried but great for sharing at the table, otherwise it will put you in a coma. Everyone talks about the smores dessert but we didn't make it that far.
  • Irina P.
    Irina PerfectMarch 4, 2012
    Get pre fixe menu and make sure you get different dishes. That way you can share and experience every bite. Get all extras on the menu. Caviar is good quality, but too expensive for small amount.
  • Risa
    RisaSeptember 21, 2012
    Grub Street off-menu dish: Foie-and-Langoustine Wellington. "Instead of beef Wellington, the staff swaps in langoustine & fatty goose liver into a tiny puff pastry shell w a Japanese red curry sauce."
  • Mark H.
    Mark HrywnaAugust 11, 2013
    S'mores on the dessert menu = best $8 you will ever spend. The spaghetti special w truffles was super too. But get the S'mores. Make love to them.
  • Tara R.
    Tara RoffersDecember 22, 2010
    stellar service with plates to match, cod fritters & pulled pork are a must to start, your challenge is deciding on mains: sweetbreads (yum!), pork belly, venison & duck breast - all good, what a gem!
  • Susan J C.
    Susan J CampbellJanuary 16, 2016
    Wait staff is really nice and excellent at arranging wine pairings. Seared fois gras, rabbit pot pie, tuna, and s'mores all fabulous. Great place.
  • Penn A.
    Penn AppetitMay 30, 2012
    Good for a splurge. Get bone marrow toast, duck breast with spring bean cassoulet, and Christina Lee's take on the s'more—graham cracker ice cream, toasted marshmallow, peppery "hot" chocolate ganache
  • Emily H.
    Emily HeywardAugust 9, 2014
    Incredibly delicious small plates place. Can't go wrong with the 5 course tasting menu! They will adjust to your tastes or just surprise you.
  • HOBNOB Magazine
    HOBNOB MagazineFebruary 21, 2011
    inventive combinations, quintessential w vill spot, Leblon Fresca cocktail: Apple Juice, Beet Juice, Fresh Ginger. see photos:
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    Go to Recette for the "Smores" (Graham Cracker ice cream with toasted marshmallow and chocolate ganache) and the other tasty dishes on its smart menu. Read more
  • Ben
    BenFebruary 21, 2015
    Well plated dishes, open kitchen, small portions - cooked just right. Share some plates and get a bottle of wine from their surprisingly well stocked selection.
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumJanuary 25, 2011
    One of Sifton's favorites of 2010 this small spot had a huge year. Jesse Schenker's is menu is always changing but some staples are the Salt Cod Fritters and the Berkshire Pork Belly.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    From the short, but diverse, brunch menu, try the dish of perfectly cooked sunny-side-up eggs with a tangy green salad, potatoes cooked in duck fat and three strips of bacon. Read more
  • nymag
    nymagDecember 26, 2010
    You can get one of our fav tasting menus here (five or seven courses) and this re-invented French spot is also one of the year’s best restaurants from Where to Eat 2011! Read more
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartJanuary 5, 2015
    Quintessential spot in the West Village for a date...and Jesse's menu never let's you down.
  • Charlie305 S.
    Amazing food wonderful ambiance. Try the halibut, branzino and cheeses. Ask for jess to be your waitress. She's great. NYT write up last week. Stroll through the village to walk off the calories
  • Georges D.
    Georges DuvergerJuly 10, 2012
    Get there (i.e. book) after 9:30pm when the restaurant gets less crowded, otherwise it can be noisy. Great service!
  • Kate H.
    Kate HuyettMay 15, 2011
    For brunch menu, scallop salad and the sweet pea soup with foie gras is amazing. For wine, there's a $60 Chardonnay that's great
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah ReynoldsOctober 5, 2011
    For your entree, don't miss out on the Duck Breast! If you are hungry definitely go for the tasting menu!!
  • Branzino B.
    Branzino BandiniJune 13, 2012
    PB&J pain perdu. The chef's pillowy treat features a three-inch-thick wedge of Sullivan Street brioche stuffed with a swirl of creamy peanut butter and grape jam. $12.
  • Sandra N.
    Sandra NamAugust 22, 2011
    Get the Chef's Tasting Menu ($75). He personally delivers each dish to your table and every course was delicious. Read more
  • Tian X.
    Tian XieOctober 24, 2015
    The bone marrow toast was not what I thought, but combined with roe it was beyond my imagination.
  • Amber V.
    Amber VittoriaApril 13, 2015
    Incredible for dinner. Amazing drinks, and the Hamachi was the best of our plates.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauSeptember 16, 2012
    Try the Pb&J "Pain Perdue" - This just easily made my list of best things I've ever eaten.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BJanuary 14, 2011
    Definitely go for the pork belly & s'mores dessert. If you want. Lighter starter, the arugula salad is killer.
  • Kim D.
    Kim DonohueFebruary 13, 2013
    The chef's tasting menus are the best! Do not miss the foie gras!!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WJanuary 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The chorizo and grits is my go-to brunch in the West Village.
  • Randi B.
    Randi BSeptember 12, 2011
    Go for the tasting menu! 5 courses is probably enough unless you're used to eating enough to fill 3 people. Read more
  • nymag
    nymagJune 29, 2010
    Adam Platt: “The wine list is notably varied for a restaurant this size. I like the Don David Michel Torino ’07 Malbec.” Read more
  • Allie C.
    Allie CarieriAugust 17, 2014
    Good brunch! Pulled pork with egg and cornbread was a standout
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauSeptember 16, 2012
    Try the Salt Cod Fritters - Lamb Sausage Ragu, Curry Aioli
  • vinise w.
    vinise weeksFebruary 9, 2013
    I would go back purely for the deconstructed smores dessert...a MUST!
  • jared z.
    jared zlotnickSeptember 17, 2010
    I recommend the Salt Cod Fritters, Chilled Corn Soup, Lobster Risotto, and don't leave without the Smores!
  • julia t.
    julia tDecember 9, 2014
    I love recette. Intimate, easy reservation to get, tasty plates.
  • Jenn A.
    Jenn AndrewsJuly 24, 2013
    This one's easy. Get the cauliflower raviolo. You'll get a taste of pasta, mushrooms, veggies, and seafood in one bite!
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesMarch 31, 2010
    Looks casual. It isn't: those small plates taste big. You'll wantcharcuterie, cod fritters, pork belly, wine. S'mores to finish, ofcourse. Read more
  • Jason R.
    Jason RaiaNovember 22, 2012
    Try the Pumpkin Espuma - #light and #pumpkiny with perfect scallops
  • Jenny W.
    Jenny W.April 25, 2011
    Don't skip the foie or buffalo sweetbreads! Branzino w lentils is also great.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GavleJune 19, 2013
    Love the vibe here and if you get Cal as your server you're in luck!
  • Becky S.
    Becky SAugust 18, 2012
    Get the tasting menu, truly shows you the depth of the menu.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauSeptember 16, 2012
    Try the PB&J French Toast - So good I had to post one more shot
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroAugust 22, 2014
    The bone marrow toast was magic. Period.
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WoodMay 7, 2011
    Delectable dinner (everything is good, seriously) but a bit pricey for the portions I think.
  • JoAnn D.
    JoAnn D.April 20, 2011
    Everything amazing:) try the pork belly, cod and pulled pork...
  • Interni Magazine
    Interni MagazineMay 7, 2011
    The second coming of Jesse Schenker and Christina Lee's Recette serves up "contemporary" American food with French technique. Read more
  • david l.
    david levyJanuary 28, 2012
    One of the best tasting menus in NYC. Or, well, anywhere. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Christine Z.
    Christine ZNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Scallops are mind blowing. S'mores are a no- brainer. My favorite place to eat in NYC.
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumAugust 27, 2012
    The duck breast here is tender, plump and flavorful!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WardakMay 8, 2011
    You have to try the PB&J "Pain Perdue" if you come here for brunch.
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonJanuary 14, 2011
    Adorable and quaint! Get the hamachi app and lobster risotto or scallops!
  • Meryl C.
    Meryl CooperJanuary 15, 2010
    Do not miss the Razor Clams and the Fluke. Also - make sure Young helps you with your wine choices. Spot on!
  • Tannia H.
    Tannia HidalgoMarch 29, 2013
    Get the tasting menu! They accommodate most restrictions!
  • Olga F.
    Olga FreedmanMay 19, 2013
    Mondays with Jesse are absolutely amazing and should not be missed.
  • Caroline
    CarolineFebruary 3, 2015
    Sunday Supper Series - Guests can choose four courses from the menu for $40
  • Pierre
    PierreMay 5, 2013
    Try the duck it is delicious !
  • Flavio M.
    Flavio MiyamaruApril 5, 2015
    Duck breast was fantastic
  • John D.
    John DiosdadoSeptember 11, 2011
    Chef's 7 course menu. Worth it. Crazy-good.
  • Wendy
    WendyMay 6, 2010
    The smores dessert is a must-try. Kudos to pastry chef Christine Lee!
  • Meng H.
    Meng HeJune 19, 2012
    Try the PB&J pain perdu!
  • Erica B.
    Erica BartAugust 20, 2012
    Bit of an expensive foodie destination with not much to back it up. Won't be back but buffalo sweetbreads were quite deelish. Nothing much else to mention -_-
  • Barry H.
    Barry HoggardJanuary 2, 2016
    Whitney members: 15% discount except wines by the bottle
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BuiApril 15, 2011
    must try the prok belly and the lobster risotto. it's do die for!
  • Rameet C.
    Rameet ChawlaMarch 27, 2011
    The veal, hamachi and sweetbread... Top choices.
  • robert b.
    robert balahuraMay 7, 2012
    New favorite. Try everything.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DumasOctober 14, 2011
    s'mores are legendary! Salt Cod fritters are also a must
  • Masha M.
    Masha MurakhovskySeptember 18, 2011
    Chilled corn soup + pork belly = perfection
  • Nation's Restaurant News
    Buffalo sweetbreads Read more
  • Michal K.
    Michal KrasnodebskiApril 28, 2013
    Food is awesome, service is atrocious.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GratzJuly 18, 2010
    Order a side of Coffee cake, you'll be happy you did.
  • cally b.
    cally bJanuary 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    tasting menu is the way to do it here!
  • drew s.
    drew smithOctober 14, 2011
    make sure they're open before you huff it across town.
  • The G.
    The GJanuary 16, 2010
    Pork belly is a cut above. Young knows his wines.
  • Maggie
    MaggieAugust 16, 2011
    Every dish is fabulous
  • Angela F.
    Angela FettersOctober 25, 2014
    My favorite place in NYC!
  • Jo C.
    Jo ChowApril 10, 2012
    Mondays with Jesse series is the best!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 6, 2011
    Try the Berkshire Pork Belly
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauSeptember 16, 2012
    Try the Cheesy Grits
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BluesteinFebruary 14, 2010
    Pork belly is solid. Try the poussin too
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeirmanNovember 11, 2014
    note: smores
  • sarah
    sarahApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try out the waterbed.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 6, 2011
    Try the Roasted Scallops
  • Emily W.
    Emily WengertOctober 29, 2011
    Trust the chef.
  • Wendy F.
    Wendy FisherMay 23, 2016
  • Shakti S.
    Shakti ShuklaMay 1, 2011
    Great food but service SUCKS. You don't have to put up with this in NYC. Go elsewhere.
  • Mikael F.
    Mikael FApril 28, 2014
    Got ill from the food...
  • Jason K.
    Jason KoxvoldDecember 2, 2010
    Get the fuck out of here before they fat you
  • Charlie305 S.
    Visit jess for dinner
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