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Best Cassoulet?

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kessdarln Apr 12, 2010 01:23 PM

Fell in love with Cassoulet in Carcassonne. I've tried Gascogne and Les Halles. Both were good. Any other recommendations?

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Gascogne
158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Les Halles
15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

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    RGR Apr 12, 2010 05:17 PM

    I'm not a big fan of cassoulet, but my husband loves it. When we were in Carcassonne, he had it there. Needless to say, excellent!

    He's had it at Gascogne and liked the version there. He hasn't had it at Les Halles because we avoid that place like the proverbial plague.

    Recently, we went to Cercle Rouge specifically because we heard they had a great cassoulet. The chef is from that region of France, so he should know something about making a first-rate cassoulet. Indeed, my husband did sing its praises. And, btw, everything else we had was not exactly too shabby.

    Cercle Route photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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      kessdarln Apr 13, 2010 08:51 AM

      I've been really enjoying your photos over the past few days. I've found quite a few meals that interest me. I am sure I asked about the cassoulet a few years ago but my post had expired and it might have been you that suggested Gasconge - which I like quite well. Care to share why you dislike Les Halles - I've only eaten at the Park Ave location. I visit each summer and am always looking for fabulous food recommendations, but also places to avoid. Thanks

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      Les Halles
      411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

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        RGR Apr 13, 2010 12:22 PM

        I'm pleased that you've enjoyed my photos, kessdarin.

        It is likely that I suggested Gascogne because it is one of our favorite French bistros.

        We stopped going to to the Park Av. Les Halles years ago. (Never been to the one downtown.) Imo, the food's mediocre, and service leaves a whole lot to be desired. In addition, the ambiance totally turns me off -- uncomfortably tight seating and a hideously high noise level.

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        kessdarln Jul 13, 2010 05:51 AM

        What camera do you use for your photos? I have a new blackberry with a nice scenery camera but it certainly didn't take a nice meal photo (was all dark and orange). Thanks!

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          RGR Jul 13, 2010 09:08 AM

          My camera is a Sony Cyber-shot. It has a special setting for taking food photos without a flash.

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            kessdarln Jul 13, 2010 01:13 PM

            Thanks again RGR for the valuable information. I'll look for a camera with a 'food' setting on it.

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              fm1963 Jul 13, 2010 01:29 PM

              In the meantime, you can "fix" your blackberry photos by using Picnik, available online for free. Usually works for food photos.

              As for cassoulet, Cercle Rouge does a nice version in the colder months. If you have a craving during the summer, Bar Artisanal currently has a very similar and delicious Spanish version, fabada, which is like cassoulet without the duck.

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              Cercle Rouge
              241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

              Bar Artisanal
              268 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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                kessdarln Jul 20, 2010 10:58 AM

                Thanks for the info fm1963. Actually I picked out a coolpix camera with "food" option and tested it and the BB with sushi and in the end, I took it back. My blackberry took really nice pictures. The first test must have been super dark or something why I was discouraged. I'll check out Picnik.

                In the picture, the first one is the Blackberry the 2nd was the "food" option on the Camera.

                 
                 
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        Frick Apr 13, 2010 05:54 AM

        A great cassoulet can be had at Bistro De LaGare (626 Hudson), but I think she only makes it in the cold winter months. Tasty menu otherwise

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          InSearchOfTacos Apr 13, 2010 06:06 AM

          i recently tried the cassoulet at la sirene- it was absolutely fantastic and very authentic. be warned that you should not attempt to eat the whole thing by yourself, unless youre up for a challenge. it was massive- filled with duck, beans, bacon, and possibly some other types of meat. excellent though, i highly recommend you give it a try

          EDIT: i believe the cassoulet is always on the menu here, regardless of weather

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            chow_gal Apr 13, 2010 06:08 AM

            Raoul's in SOHO. Probably not on the menu any longer, now that weather is warmer.

            1. Fozzie_Bear Jul 13, 2010 07:15 AM

              Cafe D'Alsace on the Upper East Side has a very serviceable cassoulet.

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              Cafe d'Alsace
              1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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                uwsister Jul 13, 2010 11:48 AM

                Second Cafe D'Alsace.

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                RCC Jul 13, 2010 08:58 AM

                La Sirene makes the best cassoulet, afaic, in NYC. I'm a cassoulet junkie and have had memorable ones on various trips to SW France. I will not go out on a limb to say that La Sirene are as good as the ones in France, nor are they made in the same exact manners (although La Sirene goes for the Toulouse -style), but they're easily my favorite in NYC.

                Make sure to lug along a bottle of your favorite Cahors, or a Madiran or any good Rhone red to go with your cassoulet at La Sirene. It's a very friendly BYOB-only establishment
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                www.lasirenenyc.com

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                La Sirene
                558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

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                  guttergourmet Oct 24, 2010 02:20 PM

                  La Luncheonette had previously been my go to cassoulet destination. But my heart and stomach were won over last night at La Sirene. Fall off the bone garlic duck confit, fennel sausage, slab bacon. Doesn't get any better. The isles flottantes were also the most authentic I've tried outside of Paris. BYOW with no corkage fee makes this place a WOW! Anyone know why they spell it "kassulet" on their menu though?

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                  La Sirene
                  558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

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                    fm1963 Oct 29, 2010 08:21 AM

                    I tried La Sirene's cassoulet last night. So delicious, I ate the whole thing, The profiteroles with Callebaut dark chocolate sauce were also amazing.

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                    La Sirene
                    558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

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                      steve h. Oct 29, 2010 04:17 PM

                      La Sirene is now on my radar. Thank you.
                      Did you bring your own wine?

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                      La Sirene
                      558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

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                        fm1963 Oct 29, 2010 05:55 PM

                        We didn't drink, but I believe you can bring your own wine without any corkage fee.

                        Here is Frank Bruni's amusing review:

                        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/19/din...

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                  gutsofsteel Jul 13, 2010 09:46 AM

                  Benoit
                  Bistro Vendome
                  La Mangeoire

                  (but check to see that it's on the menu at the time before you go - it's not exactly a summertime item)

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                  La Mangeoire
                  1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

                  Bistro Vendome
                  405 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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