Le Gigot vs. Bouchon
If you had to choose, would you rather have dinner at Le Gigot or Bouchon? Does anyone know if Le Gigot is smoky? I imagine it would be on a Saturday night.
re: Leslie Brenner
Le Gigot is a wonder, especially for meats and variety meats; very, very close to a hidden Parisian bistro. I haven't had the cassoulet, but when I go there (usually, I admit, when the wait is too long at Pearl next door) I am always surprised at how much I like the cooking.
Bouchon tries to be all things to all people, and falls flat at most of them.
Hands down, I would go to Bouchon on Greenwich Avenue any ole time. I love their beef bourguignon which I order when I go because the dark wine sauce, mushrooms and sweet prunes is so delicious. My friends have had the duck and chicken and I never heard a negative comment from these chowhounds. Bouchon is also a bigger space and I believe the chef used to work at Daniel and Bouley. I've been to Le Gigot twice for lunch and brunch and was a bit underwhelmed. I believe the chef used to be at Cafe Margaux on Prince Street. Since Le Gigot is a smaller space, I'd check first if they allow smoking. Anyway, you won't be disappointed at either restaurant.