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Brasserie Americaine

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Eileen Jun 13, 1999 01:02 PM

Has anyone tried Brasserie Americaine? I am looking
for somewhere new to try near Lincoln Center.

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    Eileen Jun 20, 1999 10:32 AM

    Thanks all for the input. I bit the bullet and tried
    Brasserie Americaine. Expensive but very good food.
    We had soft shell crabs, salmon with lentils, good
    pommes frites. Turns out the chef is Pitita Lago, who
    was the chef at (the former) Joe's Bar and Grill (not
    to be confused with the also former Formerly Joe's) on
    West 10th Street in my neighborhood. She is very
    creative and trained at Gotham and some other big name
    restaurants.

    I'm new to this website and find it a great source of
    information -- and amusement.

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      Robert Sietsema Jun 14, 1999 10:13 PM

      Food good, expensive, not very French.

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      1. re: Robert Sietsema
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        Bill Morein Jun 16, 1999 07:15 AM

        I actually thought that the food was pretty poor. Most
        of what our group ate there (this was a while ago) was
        unmemorable; however, I do recall a particularly poor
        example of Salade Nicoise. Not a big fan of canned
        tuna when paying restaurant prices.

        1. re: Bill Morein
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          Martha Gehan Jun 16, 1999 12:18 PM

          I agree. See my posting under 'American Brasserie'( I
          was so bent out of shape by my terrible experience that
          I screwed up the name). Perhaps it's improved, and I
          highly respect R. Sietsema's opinions, but I have to
          tell you that I am more than reluctant to revisit.

          1. re: Martha Gehan
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            veronica Jul 2, 1999 11:44 PM

            i had just had dinner there a freind wanted to try it and it sucked a flavorless escargot, a niscoise salad that was dry and a horrible blueberry galette and not only that the wine list was bad cheap bottles of wine( patiche cote de rhone for $7 a glass) it retails for 6.99 it was very un pleasent and i cant recommend it to anyone.....p.s. the service was uninformed and the kitchen was slow...dont need to spend $225.00 for 4 people here....veronica

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              carmine Jul 6, 1999 11:00 PM

              agree.went 2 times never again,sucks

          2. re: Bill Morein
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            j gold Jun 16, 1999 04:23 PM

            The place may well bite, but an authentic salad nicoise must--must!--contain canned tuna. As much as you (and possibly I) may prefer the New American version of the salad made with seared number-one sushi-grade tuna, it is unfair to categorically dismiss a restaurant for preparing a dish correctly.

            1. re: j gold
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              larry kantrowitz Jun 29, 1999 09:26 AM

              i have eaten there and not thought very much of it, the food is slow(not good for a lincoln center place) the service is okay and the manager some guy named gerard was very rude to us, i will not go back and if you want mediocre food and rudness by all means

              1. re: larry kantrowitz
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                Kowalski Jul 3, 1999 02:37 PM

                To Larry. I believe you have ill feelings because you
                got fired. I have eaten there and it is great food and
                a great atmosphere. Gerard is the owner and his
                managers deal with the everyday problems not him. Chef
                Pitita has a great reputation and she proved it.The
                service was very good and timed well. Who goes to eat
                at a nice expensive restaurant in a hurry? The lady at
                the door was lovely and extreemly professional. All in
                all a great place to go. P.S. a bit pricey but worth
                it.

                1. re: Kowalski
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                  GG Jul 3, 1999 03:22 PM

                  I assume that you must have some kind of history with
                  Larry since you said his ill feelings were because he
                  got fired (from Americaine??)

                  So what is YOUR connection with the place? Do you
                  work there, or have worked there? Are you the PR
                  person? Or a friend of the owner?

                  Anyway, Larry is not the first person who panned
                  Brasserie Americaine. It was Martha Gehan, a regular
                  Chowhound poster, who posted back in Nov.9, 1998.
                  Among the things she noted was a "louche looking
                  character" who was checking out the women coming in,
                  besides the bad food.

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