Restaurant Review: Brasserie Beaumarchais

My French is a little rusty. But I will never let my bilingual struggle keep me from enjoying une nuit fine cuisine française.

Brasserie Beaumarchais, a sexy eatery inspired by the south of France located in the heart of New York City’s hip Meatpacking District, serves up some flavorful French cuisine. As upscale and chic as executive chef and Iron Chef champion Nicolas Cantrel’s restaurant is, the lively crowd and a live DJ keeps the stuffiness at bay. Although it’s best known for its brunch, I decide to give their dinner menu a whirl.

The place is bustling inside and out with an after work crowd. (There’s a decent size outdoor patio as well.) I settle into a corner seat in the back of the restaurant to take in the decor.

The dim overhead lighting consists of recess lights, dangly chandeliers and sconces that cascade off of the stark white walls where pops of color come in the form of bold gallery size portraits, which are flanked by even larger vases full of flowers. The classic wall moldings through out the space are complimented by rustic columns and red and brown furniture.

What I ate.

Appetizer:

Salade Verte

I get the party started with a hearts of lettuce salad made with a homemade mustard vinaigrette, shallots and Parmesan.

Photo: S. James

The whopping bowl of leafy greens is much larger than I imagine. The vinaigrette is tangy and packs an unexpected burst of flavor that really brings the salad to life.

Main Course:

Filet de Loup de Mer Poche´

Photo: S. James

The steamed fillet of bass served with baby bok choy is terrific, especially topped with sauce vierge. Green asparagus and baby fennel round out the dish. I could have gone for more asparagus and less fennel, as I don’t care for its potent licorice taste.

Dessert:

Beaumarchais has one of the largest French dessert menus I’ve ever laid eyes on. With over 10 options to choose from – caramelized clementine tarts, profiteroles dough stuffed with nutella pastry cream – it’s hard to pick just one. But I make do.

Moelleux au Chocolat et Pistache

Photo: S. James

The pistachio and bittersweet chocolate molten cake is the definition of decadence and goes nicely with the pistachio ice cream that’s on deck.

Beaumarchais also has a tasty cocktail list that features zesty ingredients such as fruity purées and jalapeño-infused tequila.

Photo: S. James

Want to dine like a Mediterranean socialite on a US city dweller’s budget? Reserve a seat at Brasserie Beaumarchais where the music, service and crowd are all as warm and satisfying as the food.

Brasserie Beaumarchais
409 West 13th Street
NYC
212-675-2400
http://www.brasseriebeaumarchais.com/