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Jun 11, 2009 11:57 AM

Le Relais de Venise

The NY Times reports today that this Paris restaurant now has a branch in NYC. A simple menu of steak frites and salad made for a very memorable meal on our Paris honeymoon. Would love to go back and re-live the moment. Anyone been to the NYC yet??

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  1. They opened up recently near where I work. I thought the place was just called "L'Entrecote". Lexington and 52nd Street. I didn't know about the Paris connection, but figured with a name like that, it would seem to be a good bet for steak frites. Was planning on giving it a try for lunch soon.

    1. also wonderings if anyone has been to the NYC one? Loved our meal in the Paris restaurant.

      1. I saw it being built and have passed by a couple of times in the evening. There are certainly diners in there. The menu that is posted out front is very small. Maybe it is just an example of what they offer? Though that seems odd. I also had thought it would have some more atmosphere. From the outside it looks pretty plain vanilla. Yet, will have to give it a try soon.

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        1. re: comiendosiempre

          No, the menu you saw is not a "sample." Le Relais de Venise serves exactly one thing: steak frites. Period. You can read about it here:

          1. re: RGR

            That is very funny. The one thing I did see was the steak frites on the menu. I figure, Ok, I can get that, but what else do they have? Thanks for posting the website. We will definitely have a visit.

            1. re: comiendosiempre

              Actually, not only do they serve nothing but steak, but as I understant it, there's only one cut -- the "entrecote." (Note: The official name of the restaurant is Le Relais de Venise l'Entrecote.)

              1. re: RGR

                I was taken to the Parisian original over thirty years ago and it's been a family favorite ever since, so when my son discovered that it was opening, we walked in on "friends and family" weekend, Sunday, the day before the formal opening. Other than the fact that they didn't have most of their wines in yet and they were only offering a few of their desserts, everything was almost identical to Paris. The menu, prix fixe at $24 is their lettuce and nut salad with a mustard/walnut dressing, the sliced steak, served in two portions, with their patented sauce and traditional pommes frites. The house bordeaux was quite drinkable at $19 a bottle. It's nothing fancy, but, IMHO, is good food,

                1. re: rothsteg

                  If the quality of the food is high, a $24 prix fixe sounds very reasonable to me.

                  Even though they are now officially open, I don't think they are taking reservations. When I called yesterday (Sunday) and asked if we needed reservations for that evening, the woman replied, "Only walk-ins." For various reasons, we ended up going someplace closer to us.

                  1. re: RGR

                    If it's like the one in Paris, they don't take reservations, ever.

                2. re: RGR

                  I just went to the London Marylebone location, and RGR is correct, they only seemed to offer the entrecote cut. The meal was fabulous. The sauce was an incredible complement to the steak, and profiteroles rounded out the experience quite nicely. Looking forward to visiting the NYC location, which apparently opened on the 8th:

                3. re: comiendosiempre

                  when ordering the ONLY QUESTION presented is what temp do you want your steak, except for the obvious drink order. There is one salad, and one steak I think there are a few deserts though. The only doing one thing I am sure they do it right. Oh yeah they give you half of your steak at a time.? to keep it warm. Personally being American I am sure my steak would be plenty warm even if it were gigantic. Seems like a gimmick I wonder how it well it actually works?

            2. Anyone been yet? I love both Paris locations I've been to.

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              1. re: D...DF

                Am going to try to go this weekend. Has anyone else been yet?

                1. re: D...DF

                  Was there today for lunch.

                  I got my steak rare. Normally I would get medium rare, but this is not an option. The rare was truly rare and I think I would go for medium next time. Medium here (my dining partner had hers medium) is probably like a NYC medium rare (which usually comes out more medium than rare when I order it). The steak itself is sliced and comes slathered with their herbed/butter sauce. Normally I am not crazy about sauce with my steak, but this steak is not particularly flavorful. I thought the sauce was good, but if you don't like the sauce it might be an issue.

                  The reserving half the steak and frites doesn't seem to do much for the steak, but it is nice to have fresh frites.

                  The fries were good, thin fries. I prefer my fries a bit thicker but these were quite good.

                  The house Bordeaux is very good and nicely priced. Can get it by the glass, half liter or bottle. There are other wines as well.

                  My dining parter, who is French, really liked it and is looking foward to going back. I thought it was OK, and next time I will get my steak medium and skip the dessert.

                  No complaints about the service. The waitress was very kind and did a fine job, even though it was her first day.

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