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