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Tarte Flambe in NYC?

Another board got me thinking about this Alsatian classic. The long defunct L'Actual (Destine's Chef?) had a decent one, but where can I find a good version now? Another hound did not give good marks to Cafe d'Alsace's attempt.

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  1. I love the version at August, you should definately try it, plus August is a great restaurant in general

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    1. re: Lau

      I second August. I've gone back a couple of times just so I could have the tarte flambe....so good.

    2. I lived in Strasbourg for ahwile in college, and have been searching for good Tart Flambe in NYC. I haven't tried Cafe d'Alsace yet, but I think the Barroom at the Modern is authentic, and perfect. The chef is Alsatian and he got it right. The crust is crisp - almost cracker like. The fromage blanc is creamy, the onions are almost carmelized, but not too sweet, and the lardons are just salty enough. I give it a ten.

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      1. re: centrejack

        I also lived in Strasbourg for a year while in college (...when were you there?!?) and I completely agree that the tarte flambee at the Modern is the best, though I haven't been to this new place Klee yet. Too bad the Bar Room's price is a little heftier than the beer and flambee special at Les 3 Brasseurs!!!

        1. re: nychowgirl

          I also spent a year living and studying in Strasbourg (1991-1992) at the Universite Robert Schuman on the Rue de Rome. Remember Flams and the "a volonte" deal? The first tarte flambee always tasted great but subsequent ones less so....

          Anyway to get back on point, I was unimpressed by the tarte flambee (and other offerings) at August, I'll have to try out the Modern and Klee.

      2. And apologies to point out an item of pedantry but its "flambee" as "tarte" is a feminine noun. Or just call it Flammenkuche as the Germans do.

        1. Nothing pedantic about it- I stand happily corrected.

          1. You might want to try a Tarte D'Alsace from Trader Joe's to compare. Crunchy, thin crust with caramelized onions, bacon, creme fraiche... I actually like it better than the Modern's.

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            1. re: emily

              I like the TJ's Tarte d'Alsace better than the one at Cafe d'Alsace but in my opinion it doesn't touch the one at the Modern. That said, the ability to take it out of your freezer at any time and have it whenever the craving hits for such a low price is quite nice...

              1. re: nychowgirl

                As a Tarte Flambe lover and afficiando (I mean come on I ate it every day for 6 months in Alsace!) I have to say I do like TJ's Tarte d'Alsace for home, but it isn't near as good or satisfying as at The Modern. The biggest challenge with creating a frozen version of something like TF is getting a crust that is thin enough and can still survive freezing, transport, etc... I think that is why the Modern is the best very crackerlike thin crust.

                TJ's is great for home - it does make a nice dinner paired with a salad. The challenge is getting it crispy enough without burning it. I have tried on the rack and on a pizza stone, neither has kept it crispy enough.

            2. The Cafe at Le Cirque has a great Tarte Flambe.

              1. Yesterday afternoon I went up to the UES to try Cafe d'Alsace's tarte flambe. There's no questions that it's excellent, but I'd give Klee's a slight edge for style of presentation and lightness (relatively speaking).

                Has anyone had August's lately?

                1. Wow - I didn't really like the one at Cafe D'Alsace. Great place - love the Fischer and Kronenbourg 1664 and choucroute- but not a fan of their flammenkuche. Having lived in Strasbourg myself (2003-2004) I would kill for a Academie de Biere student special - large fischer and tarte flambee for 6 euros!

                  Which one do you guys think is most like that? Modern or Klee?

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                  1. re: MoxieMax

                    I am from Singapore, and have been searching for Tarte Flambe since coming back studying from Strasbourg (1994-1998). Strasbourg now feels like my 2nd hometown and I'd kill for tarte flambe and Sauerkraut. However there's none to be found in Singapore! I have been making my own Bakoffe ever since

                    1. re: dandydandan

                      try Picnic Marekt & Cafe - 101 & bway -AMAZING Tarte Flambe!!!

                  2. THE MODERN. No question.

                    1. DB Bistro Moderne makes a great tarte as well.

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                      1. re: Sydney E

                        Love the version at bistro moderne (I think I prefer it over the Modern). Not sure it's always on the menu, but it's always available for the asking. (See now that I've responded to a several-year-old thread!)

                      2. There's no saurkraut, but Chickie Pigs in the LES has a Tarte Flambe. It's not an exact replica of the Alsatian classic, but done on their thin pizza crust and with regular American bacon. I've had it twice and find it delicious!

                        1. Not sure how exactly I landed on this old thread but I'm compelled to write in and defend Cafe D'Alsace. Things may not be perfect in there, but the wine list is fantastic and you're more likely to hit than miss on the menu. That said, a friend of mine has been craving Tart Flambe for days (oh, yes, that's how I got here)...I'll have to bring him to CD'A and report back

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                          1. re: sarapeater

                            not sure how i came across this either - I was searching to see if anyone else had discovered Picnic's (101&Bway) Tarte Flambe - sooo amazing, I ate 2 wanted a third but resisted. so unexpected - i think i have tried them all in the city -definitly the best since Olica closed

                          2. Definitely DB Bistro Moderne!

                            1. EDIT: oops just saw that someone already mentioned Picnic, so consider this a second endorsement!

                              1. Haven't had it, but it's on the menu at Madison Bistro. Madison ave around 38th street.

                                Madison Bistro
                                238 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016