Best choucroute in Manhattan?
In the past week, I've had dinner at Balthazar and Benoit, both great substitutions for a trip to Paris, in my view.
The problem was that neither of them served choucroute. Where in New York can I find choucroute that matches the best in Paris (say, Brasserie Lipp)?
I've heard that Les Halles serves a decent choucroute, but would love other suggestions.
Many thanks for your suggestions. I used to go to Les Halles quite often, it's certainly a place that people love to complain about, but I've always liked it, though I think the place lost a lot of its charm when they expanded the room, it has become increasingly touristy since then.
Benoit was terrific. It's not pricey, and it's not necessarily a very memorable experience, but I consider it a perfect place for a nice weekday dinner. The room is lovely (though I didn't really like the bar facing the street), the service is very French, which is both good and bad (our waiters could be a little rude sometimes, but he certainly knew the food, and this was when the place had just a "soft opening" so I don't want to be to judgemental).
Our meal was bistro 1.0: steak tartare, escargot, duck confit, potato gratin, all great, but nothing mindblowing, which I didn't really expect when paying $ 20-25 for entrees.
I found a good review of the place here:
Wil definetely try Cafe d'Alsace for choucroute.
The choucroute at Les Halles is very good. I haven't been to Cafe D'Alsace and would expect theirs to be good also. Les Halles tends to get bashed on this board, but for certain dishes I find it unbeatable. In February, they have a choice of 4 different choucroutes, which is an embarassment of riches, but the choucroute garnie which is on the menu at all times is quite good. Other dishes I like include steak tartare, smoked herring, and boudin noir. There are also a lot of complaints of noise and cramped seating, but we never go for dinner, only for Saturday lunch, and we have never experienced these problems.
any place downtown? i was at brasserie flo in paris a few weeks ago and had possibly the finest choucroute ever.
my dad actually makes a variation of it using polish sausages from greenpoint. its actually excellent.
Balthazar does have it. It is on the nightly specials. I can't remember what day though. Call to check. It is really good.