I’m always excited to try new French restaurants outside of France, especially ones that respect the classics of the cuisine in a casual, but chic atmosphere. This is all to say that if you have been trying to get into Frenchette, you should go next time you are in New York.
The space is inviting, even when you just peek into it from the outside, but the noise level can be a little high. This can add to the atmosphere of the “in demand” restaurant, but maybe grab a seat by the front bar area if you want something more mellow (counterintuitive, I know).
I love that Frenchette does not shy away from assertive French classics such as tete de veau (headcheese), boudin blanc, ris de veau (sweetbreads), and rognons (kidneys!). It’s pretty rare to find these items on the menu at your average French bistro in NY, and I am so glad that more people are willing to try them.
The duck frites are a triumph, as is the signature roast chicken, served with maitake mushrooms and mashed potatoes. Both of these are more than big enough to share for two, or maybe even three.
The dessert was my favorite part – just look at that crepe soufflé, served with passion fruit caramel, photo above! I am still swooning and thinking about it.
Maybe I’ll see you there! ETA: And congratulations to the entire Frenchette team on their James Beard Award win for Best New Restaurant!