Chef Christian Delouvrier at La Mangeoire
I now work in midtown east nearby and was considering going. Has anyone been recently? I know of Christian Delouvrier's top accolades in the 80's and 90's but is he now just "settled" at a traditional French bistro-type food? It actually might be quite refreshing contrast from the top-gun type chef/cooking going around these days (not that there's anything wrong with that).
I live in the neighborhood and have been for dinner many times. Cooking traditions and practices from France, decent wine list and prices, lovely French country atmosphere (relaxed, charming and rustic), attentive service. Restaurant is busy yet we never fail to get a table when the mood strikes ... and that’s a great thing!
La Mangeoire is not going to knock your socks in terms of culinary newness but it consistently delivers as long as you’re not looking for it to be something it is not.
I'm happy to hear this. I ate there fairly regularly in the late 90s/early 00s and I would describe it exactly as you did today! I don't think we ever made a reservation; and the food & service were always good even if there weren't many culinary surprises. There's something to be said for consistency.