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
I'm new to this website and find it a great source of
information -- and amusement.
re: Robert Sietsema
re: Bill Morein
re: Martha Gehan
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
re: Bill Morein
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.
re: j gold
re: larry kantrowitz
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
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.