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Looking for "Authentic" Salade Nicoise in NY

menton1 Sep 16, 2011 06:34 AM

It's chic in NY these days to call a salad "Salade Nicoise", and serve it with a nice piece of Ahi, nicely seared and almost raw inside.

However, In France, you will NEVER get this salad served this way! The tuna is the canned variety! I mean, I like Ahi Tuna, but to me, it just doesn't belong in this salad.

Is there any place where I can get this real deal, Salade Nicoise with a high quality canned or jarred tuna? That's the way folks on the Riviera eat it!

  1. menton1 Sep 16, 2011 02:40 PM

    It's not a matter of "excellent". It's not a matter of being cooked longer. As I've said, I like Ahi Tuna. I just crave a Salade Nicoise with canned tuna! The way it's done in France. Yeah, I know, in NYC it may seem "crass" to dare put canned tuna in a fresh salad... but this is how Salade Nicoise is intended to be!

    And there are some high quality canned and/or jarred tuna, some quite expensive.

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    1. re: menton1
      boredough Sep 16, 2011 04:07 PM

      Yes, I understood that. But, based on the authenticity of the tartes flambées as well as the simple nature of many lunch-type dishes,, I thought the Salade Niçoise at Marché du Sud might be what you are looking for. Just a suggestion to either phone them (to ask what kind of tuna they use) or give them a try, since you have not been able to find the real deal so far.

      1. re: boredough
        Skillet Licker Sep 16, 2011 04:46 PM

        Le Pain Quotidian serves a very respectable traditional version -- although it may be a special, and not on the regular menu.

    2. boredough Sep 16, 2011 02:30 PM

      I'd suggest trying Marché du Sud on First Ave (betw 62/63rd) as a possibility, although I've never had it there. However I have had their tartes flambées and found them to be excellent, so I would expect their Salade Niçoise to be equally on the mark. If you go, please report back.

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        Simon Sep 16, 2011 10:54 AM

        i agree completely...but i don't know where to suggest: most everywhere i've ordered a Nicoise in NYC has seeminlyg jumped on the seared-Ahi bandwagon that you described...

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          Alan Henderson Sep 16, 2011 07:51 AM

          It seems to me that the Nicoise at Nice Matin was not of the "almost raw inside" variety. It has been a while since I've been there so you may want to verify.

          Nice Matin
          201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

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          1. re: Alan Henderson
            Simon Sep 16, 2011 10:56 AM

            i like Nice Matin (it's one of the only places i'm willing to eat on the UWS)...but my guess is that use fresh tuna not canned...

            as a sidenote: Nice Matin serves one of my fav tuna tartars in the city...

            Nice Matin
            201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

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