Every millennial Manhattan resident that pays a visit (reluctantly or not) to the Meatpacking district at least a few times a year knows Bagatelle. If your visit happens to be mid-day on a Saturday or Sunday while running errands or post-brunch, you will see Bagatelle in all of it's tangible glory: the line of club-goers waiting to be admitted. In the middle of the day. The French restaurant is most commonly referred to as Bagatelle Brunch, a meal where more bottles are served than Benedict.
I was recently invited to experience a not-as-popular side of Bagatelle. The restaurant hosts a few bloggers every month in an intimate dinner to introduce what they hope to make as popular as their famed Brunch: amazing (truly) food in a sexy atmosphere.
Here is what I gathered:
· Chicken should always, always, always be topped with black truffles
· Sundaes taste better when served in a dish larger than your head
· Dinner at Bagatelle is worth adding to your to-do list
Living in NYC, dining out is an every-week, social occurrence. My friends and I constantly have reservations on the books for new places we want to try. I feel like I am cheating the system when I come across a restaurant with options that don't completely derail my diet, while still allowing me to indulge my taste-buds. Bagatelle delivered on all fronts.
Here are the dishes you absolutely cannot miss:
- Dos De Cabillaud Poêlé – pan seared black cod fillet, braised baby artichokes barigoule, basil pesto emulsion
- Canard À L’orange Et Citronnelle – pan seared marinated hudson valley duck breast, citrus scented rice cakes, ginger & celery rémoulade, a l’orange & lemongrass sauce
- Poulet Fermier Rôti Et Truffé – truffled roasted chicken, country style potatoes, chicken jus
- Mousse au Chocolat Noir – dark chocolate mouse, candied grapefruit rind, almond tuile