New York City, the Big Apple, the city that doesn't sleep, call it what you will, love it or hate it, that place is full of intrigue and adventure. I had never before been to NYC until this past week, and though the main purpose of this trip is to see some professional theatrical productions, the opportunity to explore NYC's culinary world was naturally before me and my fellow travelers as, no matter what, we have to eat. With most of my limited time having been already scheduled, the opportunities to explore the culinary world was limited, but I was still able to experience a nibble of that world already on the first evening in town.
Located a block west of Times Square, Pigalle, a brasserie, is one of many restaurants in the Theater District where theatre-goers can dine before watching a Broadway or off-Broadway production. Featuring southwestern French cuisine, the restaurant provided fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere amongst throwback decor and light, classic jazz music in the air. That atmosphere certainly helped our band of show-going travelers get to know each other and discuss about the rest of our itinerary. Pigalle also offered a limited prix-fixe menu consisting of an entree, a main course and a dessert; seeing what was being offered, I opted for a prix-fixe dinner.
my last experience with foie gras, which I now realize was over a year ago. Thank goodness I was going to do plenty of walking on this trip to burn the calories!
Overall, Pigalle was a decent experience. Though the food generally tasted pretty good, in the end I didn't get that "wow" kind of feeling when I was done at that place. I'm sure there are other French restaurants in New York, let alone elsewhere in the world, that can outdo this place, and I hope to discover those other places the next time I return to this city.
Address: 790 8th Ave. (@ W. 48th St.), New York, NY
Cuisine: French, Brasserie
Price Range: Lunch $12-$30; Dinner $15-$40