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Apr 12, 2010 01:23 PM

Best Cassoulet?

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

158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Les Halles
15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

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  1. 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:

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    1. re: RGR

      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

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

      1. re: kessdarln

        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.

      2. re: RGR

        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!

        1. re: kessdarln

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

          1. re: RGR

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

            1. re: kessdarln

              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.

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

              Bar Artisanal
              268 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

              1. re: fm1963

                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.

      3. 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

        1. 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

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

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

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

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