Thinking about going in Dec, but most comments are a year or two old. Some comments on menupages are actually rude. Just wondering if the place is good for two out of towners for an intimate dinner on a Thursday night. Thanks!
Although Menupages is very useful, I never put much stock in the reviews there. So, don't let them deter you from going to Gascogne. It's charming and cozy, and the food is excellent.
Enjoy and Bon Appetit!
There was a recent thread on foie gras with comments. Was there last on New Years eve 04-05 and it was fantastic.
I was there for lunch about a month ago, in the back garden. Had a nice bottle of rose for about $20 (I like that they offer a few bottles of nice, reasonable wine), and the atmosphere was great. I found the food to be not quite up to the level of everything else (steak was slightly liver-ish, and the croque-madame was just okay). Still, though, I'd definitely return and give the kitchen another chance.
Lovely place. The food was really good. We had the snail appetizer, as well as a patatou and a mushroom tatin, the duck and two desserts. One was an apple strudel and the other was a delicious pear clafoutis. Oh, and a Sancerre.
The service was excellent. The hostess and manager were so polite, and our server was really lovely.
We sat outside (in November!) - if you do this and it's remotely warm out remember not to sit under the heat lamps. They're quite low and it can get hot.
It's nice to see "real" French people eating here too.
I've been dining at Gascogne for about 10 years and find that the hits outweigh the misses, although they do strike out from time to time. (A few years ago they hit a rough patch with always rushing the dinner, this has since abated) 2006 has been a good year so far, with several satisfying recent visits. The Armagnac cart has been picked over and is not only a shell of what it used to be, but the provenance of the older spirits is in question. The wine list is unacceptably tragic and what keeps me from choosing Gascogne more often than not. If this one aspect were fixed, I could dine here weekly. Yes, the garden is the preferred spot, but inside can be just as transporting, especially if one looks out over the garden. :-)
Went there for a brunchy lunch on Friday and had mixed feelings.
The pluses: it's a gorgeous space (esp. the garden); the menu is interesting and affordable; and the staff is actually French (not a key criteria, but fun for me since I'm French-Canadian).
The minuses: though it was nearly empty, it took forever for our food to arrive(sandwiches and an omelette); the fries were clearly from frozen, and the restaurant doesn't have any condiments to go with them, not even mayo; the eggs sat in a pool of butter; and our orders were all on one cheque, even after our waitress agreed to bill us separately.
I want to love Gascogne because of the ambiance and the affordability, but really, I just like it.