Catering >Antibes Bistro
112 Suffolk St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.718773 -73.985911
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Intimate Atmosphere, Quality Food – This place is low key, friendly and knowledgeable staff, with a European character.
A good place to sit and relax (except for live jazz nights...Tuesday & Wednesday when the place is bustling).
Coffee drinker? Get the coffee here...I do, almost daily : )
My favorite dish: side of mushroom risotto
Hidden Secret That Should Be Shared – Love it here. Ambiance is adorable - especially on tuesdays and wednesdays when they have free jazz. Friendly staff are eager to please. And the food! French with an Israeli twist. Who knew? I love the truffled asparagus salad and the short ribs especially, but everything is good. This place is also the best brunch deal in town, and that's saying something.
great french bistro in the LES – We had dinner at this cute restaurant, the food is amazing and affordable, I took the truffle asparagus as an appetizer while my companion took the lamb meatballs it was suburb. For and entrees we shared they king crab ravioli (really home made) and the short rib that was so tender that I could cut them with the fork, the music in the back round was joyful and the service was excellent. Add it to your must try list !! I’ll come back
Painful ending to an otherwise fine experience – I brought a party here on a Saturday night. We squared a nice menu away for a very reasonable $25 prix fixe ahead of time. I confirmed the reservation the day before. They have no liquor license yet so we had to bring out own wine, which, given everyone's money issues, was actually a positive.
Upon arriving we had to wait 45 minutes because the manager I had spoken with in person several times had gotten it into his head that our reservation was at 9:30, though he admitted that in his book it was written as 9:00. It was nice out, so we waited outside and BS'd a while. When we were seated, he told us he was adding an item to the menu for us since we had to wait. No one was really interested in it, but hey, nice gesture.
The food was fine and speedily served. Then after dinner it all fell apart. The house did not add gratuity to the check. Fine, we're not about to stiff anyone. The server was pleasant and capable. When all the cash was counted we left what worked out to a little over 18%. This, apparently was not enough to suit them. My girlfriend was approached by the manager -- no kidding, the manager -- who told her he didn't think the tip was sufficient, and he condescendingly informed her that the servers work for tips. Duh. When she asked if she had miscounted, he informed her he had counted the same amount she had. He then asked for at least $10 more. To save everyone else from suffering the rudeness of this situation, she obliged (it was my birthday, and she's sweet). So go if you like, it's a cute spot with decent reasonably priced food, just make sure you leave 25% or whatever it is they think they deserve so you don't get chastised like a child at the end of your meal.
Charming Decor, Tasty Food, & Hip Spot - Just lower the lights a bit! – My partner and I have been at this place twice for dinner. The place has consistently been good. Service is friendly, pleasant - always a hip man or woman, a great chatter with engaging and cool personality... On the food front, tasty, excellent portions, and artistically presented... One of the best lamb shanks I've ever had: juicy, tasty, rich, and meat for days! Short but excellent wine list. The decor is simple but charming. Lowering the lights a bit would definitely add a more bistro-like ambience to this already cool and good eating spot!
A gem on a crowded street – Antibes Bistro is one of many tiny restaurants in a crowded stretch of 1st Ave. Everything about the restaurant makes it a standout, and well worth patronizing. It's small, decorated simply and elegantly, with good jazz, interesting art on the walls, and -- most importantly -- superb food at decent prices. Their signature appetizer is a duck pate served on poached pear slices with a blood-orange sauce and a balsamic reduction. The combination of flavors and textures was a treat, and set the standard for the other dishes that followed. The salad dressing was balanced exactly, and there was enough to coat the mesculun perfectly. The fried artichokes on the salad added sweetness as a counterpoint to the acidity in the dressing. The grilled Tiger Shrimp were done just right, too.
The main courses we had -- lamb, short ribs, and Steak frites -- all showcased high quality meat prepared thoughtfully to bring out the individual quality of the meats: the mustard sauce with the steak, and the Guiness in which the ribs were cooked, are different from the usual. The lamb shank was moist, and accompanied by couscous and a vegetable stew that suggested the wonderful flavors of Morocco. The potato gratin with the short ribs was rich, with the finest sliced potatoes I've seen yet.
The wines come from boutique vineyards, and for someone who normally doesn't like wines, I was surprised, and thrilled, with the Pinot Noir.
Finally, the desserts. We had the chocolate terrine with brown-sugar gelato, which you MUST have, and the Creme Brulee, simply the best I've ever eaten. It's creamy, with a delicate, natural vanilla to flavor it, and once you've had it, you'll agree it's the best. The owner, and the waitress, are personable, and offer superb service: they wait until all have finished a course before removing the plates. This is high quality dining service, which is almost impossible to find these days. Try it! You'll like it (I promise).
Great neighborhood boite – We found Antibes late evening looking for a place to have dessert. The place is charming, and excellent music ('20s jazz etc.) was playing. The proprietor was there, very friendly, the desserts (a pear tart and a creme brulee) were terrific, also wonderful mint tea. We are also happy they serve wine - it is sometimes hard to find good dessert places do. We very much look forward to coming back.
a new gem on the block! – living in the neighbourhood me and a friend of mine love to discover the village's constantly changing culinary attractions. so one day we decided to check out the new kid on the block - antibes. the place is miniscule. it doesn't have more than 10 tables - it perfectly conveyed the idea of a small, romantic and intimate gem. upon the waitress's suggestion i ordered the tuna and the beet and goat cheese cake as appetizer, my companion had the roquefort and poached pear salad as appetizer and the guiness braised short ribs for entree. the tuna was buttery soft and just melted in my mouth, while the short ribs - which came with a potato gratin - could only be described as terrific. the gratin could not have been better even if my grandmother made it. the dessert was the perfect finish for the already perfect dinner. i had creme brulee and my friend tried the ice cream - a scoop of pistaccio, brown sugar (!) and vanilla - all house-made as assured by the super charming waitress. it came with an unexpected yet delicious flame orange (!!!) sauce. all in all the place was more than a nice surprise - given that the interior comes across rather unpretentious and humble yet the cuisine is 5 star. the only thing that left us a little dissatisfied was the lack of coffee and black tea. we ended up spending around 50 dollars per head (including wine) which were more than well invested! the new kid has been definitely accepted in the neighbourhood. we are coming back!
Easily Overlooked – My fiance and I live around the corner - and never noticed this cute little bistro. We stepped in to find lovely french music with a simple decor accompanied by a prompt greeting. We enjoyed a nice wine and opted to skip the apps and go right onto entrees. My steak frite was very rare and dangerously good, while her chicken w/ potatoes was excellent. We shared our deserts and were both very impressed with the fine balance of sweetness and flair. We rarely even order desert but this one was worth it! Perhaps it was just the dicovery of such a small fine boutique that made it so good, but we remain impressed even after our second attendance in two months.
Worth every penny - the decor is very uninspiring but nothing terrible. Service was fantastic. The only real problem is that you really can walk by this place and never see it between the other cafes and bright lights on 1st Ave - but perhaps that's a good thing!
Had a great time! Thumbs up! – Loooved the simplicity and coziness of the place. Positive and warm energy from the first step in, I'm really tired of the hip places with the "I forget I'm here for you" attitude. This place really serves you with very good, thoughtfull courses, wrapped up with a smile and hospitality. The chef kept sending comp. treats next to our orders, and gave us the feeling that we are the celebrities, not the critics or the reporters...
I am going back.
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