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Take a Trip To France When You Visit Demarchelier Restaurant

Take a Trip To France When You Visit Demarchelier Restaurant

Nestled on 86th Street just off Madison Avenue is Demarchelier Restaurant, a genuinely owned and family run establishment for 26 years. 

The atmosphere is of a classic French bistro with paintings adorning the walls by the owner Eric.

The interior is cozy with a feel of an outdoor cafe. Filled with old prints, paintings, mirrors and furniture that the owner bought at flea markets in Paris, you feel at home.

There is also a bar, and a table for two set on a platform by the front window, which is where my guest and I sat.

Even the menus were delightful.

We decided that I would order classic French menu and my guest would order a seafood based menu, so we started out with the Avocado Crab Salad ($16.75), which came in a delicate flower-shaped crust, with a large mound of succulent crab and an avocado topping. ElizaBeth paired this with a glass of a delightful French Sancerre. There is a wonderful wine list available.

Avocado Crab Salad

I had the Pate De Campagne ($12.75). Both were generous in portions and easily could have been shared by two. My only complaint was the Pate needed toast points, but was truly a melt in your mouth sensation.

Next up, was the reason we chose to go on Wednesday. The special of the day is Duck a l’Orange ($33) served with a side of spinach. This was one of the best duck’s I have ever had and I have eaten my fair share. The skin was crispy and the meat so tender and moist. Each bite was a taste sensation.

Duck a l’Orange

My guest supped on Cold Poached Salmon with dill sauce ($26.50). This was served with haricot verts, beets, tomatoes and egg. Each and every item was so fresh and scrumptious. This was the perfect summer meal.

Cold Poached Salmon

We added to our entrees a side of Pommes Frites ($7.25), which were delightful. In the pictures it is hard to see that each dish is so bountiful that you could easily share. My guest and I both needed take-out bags for our leftovers, as we could not finish and this was just too good not to bring home.

You can’t go to a French Restaurant and not have dessert.

You can’t see the flames, but this Crêpes Suzette with Grand Marnier ($10.25) was a blaze. Delicate and ohhhh so boozy this dish was heavenly.

Crêpes Suzette

You can ‘t go to France and not have Creme Brûlée ($9.25) which was creamy perfection and felt like Paris.

Creme Brûlée

Expect impeccable service, a warm ambiance, traditional dishes and a feeling that just for a afternoon or evening you have entered another country is worth it all. I do not have time to go to France, but going to Demarchelier was the next best thing.

Demarchelier Restaurant: 50 East 86th Street.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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