Artisanal Brunch

When I visit New York, I typically stay with my best friend Lindsey, who lives in Murray Hill. Frankly, I’m not that fond of Murray Hill (and neither is Lindsey); it just lacks character.

Midtown is just so touristy and reminds me of a repetitive first visit to the City—where people go before they realize there is an enormous city with character, excitement and surprises around every corner that exists beyond Midtown and the Theater District.

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On Sunday, Lindsey and I were lazy, though. We didn’t want to travel all the way down to the Villages to wait in line for two hours only to be stuffed in to a small corner in a West Village café. We wanted to go to the gym and then trot over to brunch somewhere convenient.

I’m so glad we chose to stay in Midtown, or else we would have never experienced Artisanal.

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This old school French power spot is one of the true few in the City. Artisanal is the quintessential French bistro in New York. It is decorated in the old style—it reminds me a lot of a larger, more traditionally French Pastis. It is the spot for power lunches, dinners with your family visiting from the Midwest, ladies luncheons and for expatriated Francophiles to gather.

As we entered the restaurant, we were surrounded by classic French bistro tables and the smells of fondue, fresh French bread, fresh oysters wafting through the air. As we explored, we discovered a cheese bar in the back, where one can purchase gourmet cheeses from adorable servers in deli hats. Charming.

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The restaurant is filled with older ladies brunching, as well as families diving in to large pots of fondue. The prices at Artisanal are fairly steep; this is a typical New York power spot in Midtown.

There were beignets, and in keeping with Bitch Rule Number One, we ordered them. The beignets were more like American doughnut holes, not New Orleans style beignets, but perhaps this equates to French beignets. They were light, fluffy fried balls covered in cinnamon sugar and served warm. They melted in your mouth, and it was absolutely easy to eat three of them in a row (and I did).

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To compensate for the unhealthy beignets, and to try more items on the menu, we ordered a fruit plate, too.

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The fruit plate was beautiful—sliced fruit plated in a stunning, beautiful fashion. “They did that to show off the chef’s knife skills,” said Lindsey, who is in culinary school and blogs away at The Date Dish.

The plate included strawberries, sliced Granny Smith apples, sliced pears, and dried apricots (which neither of us touched). My only gripe is I wish they had replaced the dried apricots with another type of berry—blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. At least there was no honeydew.

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For my entrée, I knew that I was going to go all out with the $25 smoked salmon Benedict, topped with fresh caviar. The Benny was served on fresh, grilled French bread, and I absolutely love when a Benny is served as such.

The Eggs were perfectly poached, the salmon fresh, and the Hollandaise was rich, buttery perfection. This is a French bistro, after all. The caviar was an added luxury and a differentiating touch. It was served with a hearty helping of a butter lettuce salad with a light dressing. It was the perfect complement to the very rich Benedict.

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Regarding her entrée, Lindsey says, “Upon ordering, I decided on the vegetable quiche with wild mushrooms, spinach, and Taleggio cheese (my favorite kind). The quiche was individually made and had a perfectly flakey and buttery crust surrounding it. Somehow, the inside of this comforting brunch dish was smooth, creamy, light, fluffy, and savory all the same time. I will definitely be going back!”

The Bitches say: A+. Artisanal is a classic French fromagerie and bistro that screams “New York power spot” for lunch and perfect for ladies who brunch.

Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro & Wine Bar
2 Park Ave.
New York, New York
(212) 725- 8585

Artisanal serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays.

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