This just in from the New York Times...
BISTRO LAMAZOU In the fall, Nancy and Aziz Lamazou plan a cheese-centric restaurant and salumeria in this Kips Bay location, near their cheese store: 344 Third Avenue (25th Street).
Sounds like great news for the neighborhood!
370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
344 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010
Bistro Lamazou is the proverbial stone's throw from us. We stopped in briefly late this afternoon. What was once a Blockbuster Video has been transformed into a large, appealingly decorated space with bar and dining areas. Two very friendly (and, as Mr. R. was quick to observe, quite attractive) young women at the reception desk.
The menu is an eclectic mix of dishes, many Mediterranean-inspired. There is a special cheese menu, not surprising since the owners have a cheese cave underneath the flagship shop and a very impressive selection of cheeses for sale there.
They had their first open-to-the-public lunch service today (the women said it went well) and are almost fully booked for dinner this evening.
We'll wait a while before eating there since we like to give new restaurants some time to work out the inevitable kinks.
My wife and I visited this place yesterday for dinner after meaning to come here for a while. Overall we had good experience here, and I feel this place has the potential to be more popular with arrival of new manager Carlos - a timely arrival I suppose since it was nearly empty between 8-10pm while we noticed packed 'inoteca nearby as we were walking by - who introduced himself to us at the end of the meal for some feedback which is a good sign.
Overall, the food was good: the chicken tagine was pretty good with authentic flavors even though the chicken was bit tough. Lamazou burger was tasty if bit overcooked (we ordered medium rare) as well with nice fries but the poivre vert side sauce - one can choose among 4 different ones - would have been better not served. We shared a smoked duck salad that was fresh with nice dressing but too salty to enjoy it with shaved gouda on top, so overall the chef seems a bit heavy-handed with the salt. We also had glass each of their wine which comes in generous portions but my white wasn't quite chilled even after sending back a room tempterature one on the inital order.
The service was very friendly and accommodating but lacked coordination, elegance, and timing: near miss of wrong delivery of a dish was rescued by a waiter who came with two appetizers leaving one for us and moving on to another table. Our waitress came and asked us how the dish was before but not after we tried it. Appetizer and entree came out in succession without much space. The bill was delivered only when asked but of different patron's.
But it looks like the place is looking to make changes as there were another lady who also seemed to be talking with the diner to get feedbacks. I would like to go back here again for the flavor of the tagine as this is the only one in Manhattan where the flavor came pretty close to the ones I had in Morocco, and to try their other north African fares as it seems to be their house specialty. I would also like to have tried their charcouteries, pate, and terrines, but they were served in sampler form that cost $20-24; perhaps I should have asked if they can service a few things separately, but it would have been nice for them to have a choice to order single to a few items for tasting as they have the resources to have quite extensive menu on these.
After exchanging comments regarding their service, Carlos offered us extra wine then some cheese when we declined with the promise to take up on it on our next visit; we were just too full at the end of the meal even to enjoy the dessert. Oh, the decor! Personally, I think it feels too much like a lounge than a restaurant serving these food, but maybe I am getting old?!?
344 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010