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Looking for Waterzooi....Memories of Flamand

famdoc Apr 24, 2010 08:49 AM

Years ago, a small Belgian bistro on E. 86th St. named Flamand, served as my introduction to waterzooi, the Flemish seafood stew. Any chowhounders know where I can find a well prepared version of waterzooi here in NY, perhaps available with a nice Belgian ale?

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    foodismylife Apr 27, 2010 09:57 AM

    bruxelles on Greenwich

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    1. re: foodismylife
      boccalupo Apr 27, 2010 10:06 AM

      They have closed.

      Markt may have it. I am not a great fan of the place though.

      I don't recall Petite Abeille serving it, but you can check that out too.

      676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

      1. re: foodismylife
        famdoc Apr 27, 2010 10:06 AM

        they've closed.

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          foodismylife Apr 27, 2010 11:03 AM

          my bad i am and remain a true dope
          i am truly lucky that my wife lets me out in daylight
          forza food

          1. re: foodismylife
            boccalupo Apr 27, 2010 11:29 AM

            "Dope". Far from it. I don't think it has been gone long. Maybe closed earlier this year. And probably would have been the best place in Manhattan for this dish.

            BTW - I googled Waterzooi and the first thing that came up was this place in Garden City, LI (just outside Queens I think) called Waterzooi Belgian Bistro. That may be a good bet if you are willing to make the trip for your dish of choice. You can perhaps post or search the NY area board to see what people think of it.


            1. re: boccalupo
              famdoc Apr 27, 2010 12:29 PM

              Nice find, boccalupo. They have waterzooi, albeit for $34. They also have Belgian farmhouse ales. It would be an expensive trip, but one that a true chowhound would be willing to embark upon.

              1. re: boccalupo
                pbjluver Apr 27, 2010 03:12 PM

                I've been to Waterzooi in Garden City
                (fyi: middle of Nassau County...easy walk from the LIRR station).
                Terrific restaurant
                Delicious mussels

        2. LNG212 Apr 27, 2010 12:48 PM

          I looked at the B. Cafe (UWS) website which says they serve an Antwerp Fisherman Boulliabaisse. I've never had it. Perhaps it is similar ? They do have a pretty great beer list -- we've enjoyed that several times.

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          1. re: LNG212
            famdoc Apr 27, 2010 01:13 PM

            As I think back about Flamand, both good and sad feelings are brought up for me. It was a very pleasant little space on the north side of 86th St. between 1st and 2nd Ave, closer to First.
            It was a partnership between a chef and a host. Both had very warm personalities and made guests feel very welcome. I think the chef's name was Raymond. You wouldn't leave there without a full meal and a complementary aperitif or after-dinner drink. They knew your name and your likes/dislikes. But, they closed suddenly. A friend in the restaurant business in Jersey City told me that the owner had overextended himself financially. For a brief while (this was probably 1988 or 1989), he hung out in Jersey City, but, apparently, committed suicide shortly thereafter. Are there any other hounds out there old enough (and who lived on the UES) to remember Flamand?

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