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Jun 21, 2007 12:14 PM

gascogne vs. la luncheonette?

i've passed by gascogne a million times but have never eaten there. it gets a lot of love on this board, especially if you can sit in their garden..

i've gone to la luncheonette at least 10 times, and i've always been more than satisfied with their solid, classic fare.

how do the two compare?

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  1. Gascogne seems slightly more upscale than La but all things considered they are both fairly good french bistros.

    1. I have only been to La Lunchonette once. Frankly, I found the food disappointing and the atmospherics uninviting.

      Gascogne is one of our favorites. Been there many times. In fact, we just had a superb dinner there a few nights ago. Yes, the garden, which is where we sat this time, is truly lovely. But during the colder months, the interior is cozy and charming. I urge you to make the comparison yourself and give Gascogne a try.

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      1. re: RGR

        Gascogne is worth it just to sit in the garden alone. Fortunately, the food is solid as well.

        1. re: RGR

          I'm a big fan of La Lunchonette, but certainly will heed your advice and give Gascogne a try. I do, however, contest your characterization of La Lunchonette as uninviting. To me, when you pass through the door it feels like you're walking off of 10th Avenue and right into a farmhouse in the French countryside. And while there's nothing at all adventurous about their food, it's delicious and cheap!

          1. re: Blumie

            I have no memory of anything close to resembling a farmhouse in the French countryside. It's been quite a few years since our dinner at La Lunchonette, so maybe they've redecorated?

            1. re: RGR

              They definitely have not! Maybe our experiences of a French farmhouse is just different!

              1. re: Blumie

                thanks, i will definitely try gascogne soon and be sure to sit in the garden.. as for la lunch's ambiance, i find it to be pretty basic, but quirky and cozier compared to everything else on 10th ave. (but i can see how the room in the back toward the bathroom might be off putting).

                1. re: lilnugget

                  The words "basic" or "quirky" as descriptives of what I recall make more sense to me than French farmhouse. The memory is hazy, but I think we sat somewhere to the left of the entrance.

        2. We’ve been to La Lunchonette a couple times and to Gascogne once.

          We weren’t impressed with Gascogne’s service as we experienced it to be very rushed and clumsy. La Lunchonette has definitely provided the better service.

          On a head-to-head taste test of a dish that I'm fond of, the cassoulet, La Lunchonette’s was better.

          In terms of ambiance, I’d go with Gascogne. La Lunchonette has that regular plain Paris suburb look and feel to it - a small neighborhood restaurant that is as plain as any bistro in outskirt Paris can get.

          Oh, and by the way, the wine list at La Lunchonette is not worth a second look. It's not even worth a glance. Gascogne wins this one, hands down.

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          1. re: RCC

            As I've mentioned, we had dinner at Gascogne a few days ago. Our waiter was very pleasant, and there was nothing rushed or clumsy about the service. In fact, that has generally been our experience there.

            1. re: RGR

              We've been to Gascogne a dozen times, and adore it! But its been at least a year since we last went and were planning a visit next week, happy to see it is still getting good reviews. I dont remember the service being rushed at all so I hope that was just one bad experience. We enjoy the garden, but as stated earlier, the inside is inviting as well. The food has always been delicious, very homey. Looking forward to our visit

          2. Both are fantastic-I've been going to La Luncheonette for 20 years. Time Out just put their cassoulet in their top 100 dishes of the year and deservedly so. I've been to Gascogne twice-once in summer in the garden and it was so magical that my wife and I went back a few years ago for New year's Eve which was also wonderful. Can't lose at either place.