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Jan 23, 2007 08:59 AM

Anyone been to Pigalle Recently?

It's been a while and I wanted to try it again. Are they still at the top of their game? Sorry if this topic has been covered before, but I cannot figure out how to sort by date on the site anymore. A search gets me results from 2001 mixed in with some 2006 resultss.

Also, what to order if we go there? and is the wine tasting pairing (apparently Alsatian now) worth trying.

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  1. Went a few weeks ago. The food was delicious. I had the steak tartare and the cassoulet, both of which were fantastic. The beans in the cassoulet were the best I've ever had.

    (Side-note: I wanted to make beans recently and tried to get the traditional cassoulet beans, tarbais beans. Found them at Christina's for about $14 per pound. I couldn't believe the price, I went with cannelini instead.)

    Our waitress was very nice and knowledgeable.

    Unfortunately, though, they were a bit off their game. We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, which somehow wasn't enough time for the bartender to make a round of drinks for us before we sat down.

    Beyond the great waitress, the other dining room attendants were a bit slow. Water glasses remained empty, empty plates remained for a while. For a restaurant of that caliber, all the cogs should be working.

    Worked out to $85 each, which was surprisingly low. There were six of us, we each had a cocktail, split a $50 bottle, and shared two desserts, including the awesome cookie plate. Still surprised that it worked out to so little with a 20+% tip.

    One of the cookies was a small chocolate and peanut butter thing that was seriously the best cookie I have ever had in my life.

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    1. re: DoubleMan

      Gordon Hamersley uses flageolet beans in his cassoulet. Wonder if they'd be consderably cheaper.

    2. I was there in August for the first & last time. We had reservations but had to wait about 30 mins., although, they did buy us a round of drinks, which was nice. The appetizers were not impressive, although, my sister's crispy phyllo tuna rolls were decent.There were 4 of us & we all got something different, and every one of us really hated our dishes --I mean hated. It was not "okay", or "so-so," it was AWFUL. It was as if there was a bucket of salt dumped on each dish to the point of being inedible. We were so disappointed & I was embarrased as our dinner companions travelled almost an hour to eat at this place that I recommended!

      1. Sorry you had such a bad experience. I have dined there at least a dozen times, and it has been nearly flawless (foodwise) each time. I have never read such a negative review of Pigalle on these boards. Your experience is the exception unfortunately.

        1. It's been awhile since I've been, but I've never had anything but good to great meals there, with great to outstanding service.

          1. I have been three times in the past year, one very good meal and two average meals. I had a bad experiance while dining with my SO. I had called ahead and alerted them of a birthday in the party ("a candle in our dessert would be great"), plus I told the hostess when we were being seated. When the dessert came there was no candle and the hostess had gone home. Also the first two bottles of wine that we ordered were out, the only decently priced selections.