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Feb 13, 2009 09:56 AM

Best Cassoulet in a friendly French Rest Please?

Can anyone point me to a nice (read friendly) french restaurant with a great cassoulet located in manhattan, preferably below 59th, I like benoit's but service there is always an issue for some reason.?

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  1. I haven't had their cassoulet, but there have been good reports about the one at Le Gigot, on Cornelia Street.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Friend had this at Le Gigot a couple of weeks ago. He said it was "very good, not great." It did not have the crust on top. The duck confit that I ordered was fabulous.

      Cassoulet at L'Absinthe was featured on Colameco's PBS show last week. Looked wonderful. Had crust. But the place got a rather poor report here recently ( service issues. )

    2. see if Raoul's has it still. It is a lot of food!

      1. The cassoulet at at the BYO French restaurant Le Sirene on Broome near Varick is very good.

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        1. re: Desidero

          Seconded. It's the best I've had in NYC. Cafe D'Alsace was a close second.

        2. cossette 33rd and 3rd. they don't always have it, so call ahead. But, it's very good.

          1. Honestly, I lived in Toulouse for a long while and the best cassoulet in Manhattan I think is Cafe D'Alsace - its on like, 81st and 2nd avenue? They have the best southern french food and it's always packed!

            Good luck!

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            1. re: GirlFoodieNYC

              Cafe d'Alsace is on the corner of 2nd Av. & 88th St.


              1. re: GirlFoodieNYC

                I lived in Toulouse as well! I only ate cassoulet twice, though, as it was so filling that each time I had it, it sated my craving for the next 8 months or so. I agree...Cafe D'Alsace makes a good cassoulet.

                1. re: GirlFoodieNYC

                  I also loved the cassoulet at Cafe D'Alsace -- absolutely delicious and a big portion too, perfect for this kind of weather. Oh, and I loved Toulouse! What a beautiful place.