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Frenchie Bar a Vins: serving food late?

waxyjax Jun 26, 2012 08:06 AM

Hi guys,
I'll be near Frenchie having an apero at a friend's place right at dinner primetime. That said, I was wondering if it's worth trying my luck at Frenchie Bar a Vins around 10 or 10:30pm.

How is it finding a spot around then? Do they serve food until closing time?

thanks!

  1. Parigi Jun 26, 2012 08:33 AM

    "How is it finding a spot around then?"
    Do you mean you are looking for a place to dine at that hour?
    Try Saturne which I find consistently better than Frenchie.

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    1. re: Parigi
      waxyjax Jun 26, 2012 11:32 AM

      i meant a spot to sit down at Frenchie Wine Bar....but you do bring up a good point about how Saturne seats at 10:30pm. that just might be the way to go!

      thanks :)

      1. re: waxyjax
        waxyjax Jun 26, 2012 11:46 AM

        ooph. its booked that day (monday...not the best day to find food). i got a table at Caius. any thoughts on that place?

        1. re: waxyjax
          Parigi Jun 26, 2012 12:06 PM

          Good choice.

          1. re: Parigi
            waxyjax Jun 26, 2012 12:30 PM

            awesome :)

          2. re: waxyjax
            Parnassien Jun 26, 2012 12:39 PM

            Caius is easily one of my top 10 faves. For me, much better than Frenchie. But please report back... it doesn't get much coverage on Chowhound.

            1. re: Parnassien
              naughtyb Jun 27, 2012 09:02 AM

              Parnassien-
              Would you care to divulge your top ten list? Or a top 5 for that matter.

              1. re: Parnassien
                waxyjax Jun 27, 2012 10:38 PM

                that's wonderful to hear. i definitely will :)

                1. re: waxyjax
                  waxyjax Jun 28, 2012 03:39 PM

                  well, now it looks like i'm eating at Caius on a different night with a larger group of friends - which sounds like fun.

                  for this particular monday, perhaps i might swing by Frenchie to see what the situation is...if not, I did some nerding around on LeFooding to find places open late on Mondays. Have you guys tried any of these places?

                  (I'm not married to a neo-bistro - anywhere that has good food is fine by me)

                  Au Loup
                  Derriere
                  Georges (although maybe I should just got for a drink on another day earlier when I can enjoy the view better)
                  Chez Georges
                  Le Progres

                  ...and of course there's always Le Tambour or Pied au Cochon...

                  1. re: waxyjax
                    waxyjax Jul 4, 2012 10:18 PM

                    well, a serious flight delay prevented me from eating anywhere but out of my friend's fridge Monday late-night...that said, my friends had made an excellent roast chicken and then prepared a fresh mozzarella tomato salad. after that, some Tentation de St. Felicien cheese (wow, so gooey and delicious).

                    I did go to Caius with a group of 7 the following night. The fact they could accommodate such a large group at 10:15pm, and take the reservation via LaFourchette already scored them plenty of points. Overall, a tasty experience. Highs: The "gnocchi" appetizer with a lighty, creamy truffle-scented broth; cutlet of pig main course. Low: over-salted lotte (angler-fish?) with over-salted side of herbed pureed potato. Everything else was very solid. I wouldn't call the cooking revelatory - but certainly aims to be unique and well-executed (except for the lotte). Considering that, the quality of ingredients and the ample portion sizes, I should also add that it's a good value (42e for 3 courses).

                    When I finish my trip I'll start a separate thread with a full-on report as the title of this particular thread may seem misleading for future readers.

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