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“Pardon my French”
Review of Cherche Midi

Cherche Midi
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Ranked #954 of 14,524 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Almost hard to find a more French place in Paris,Keith McNally has done his homework.I got stunned seeing all busboys,waiters, bar backs,food runners etc.etc It,s like entering a formal cruise.Not to forget all food and bev. mgrs on the floor. No wonder there are many ways to run up a tab quickly here.Staff is like an old Benetton ad.
Bartenders with class, serves you cocktails you never heard of with confidence.First you feel close to intimidated,The food are straight forward, French Brasserie like, nothing missing. I assume it,s going to be another success.

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

Cherche Midi is a new creation by Keith McNally, the man behind NY classics like Balthazar, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, and Lucky Strike. This new venture brings together Shane McBride from Balthazar and Daniel Parilla from Minetta Tevern. It seems Cherche Midi is destined for greatness.

The space is reminiscent of Balthazar, similar decor and French Brasserie type atmosphere but obviously much smaller. There are socialites, business people, dates and tourists - interesting people from all walks of life it seems. Now, about that food...

Cherche Midi Crudites are green market vegetables and salami. A board of fresh and marinated veggies covered with seasoning and a little bit of oil. I do wish there was more salami though as it was very tasty. Great way to start the meal.

Just look at that homemade brioche. How beautiful it looks. Pan-roasted foie gras is served on a bed of rhubarb. To make the perfect bite, take a generous portion of the brioche, spread foie gras and add a piece of rhubarb on top. The sweetness of the warm brioche tones down the creaminess of the perfectly prepared foie gras and the tartness of rhubarb adds an unexpected and amazing burst of an additional level of flavor. It's all good here.

Steak tartare is very tasty at Cherche Midi. The meat is obviously perfect and the mixed-in fixings are evenly incorporated throughout the entire serving. This is just wonderful. Don't even need bread for this, just take a fork and enjoy.

Saddle of lamb is prepared with zucchini, eggplant and basil. Very good dish here. Lamb is exquisitely prepared, it melts in your mouth. Basil sauce is a great compliment. This dish is so full of delicious flavor it definitely deserved a place at your table.

Lobster ravioli is amazing. Generous on the lobster each ravioli is a burst of flavor. Don't you dare puncture or cut it. Just take one and eat it whole, that way you don't loose any juices. The creamy ginger beurre blanc sauce is light and altogether ideal for the ravioli. It's so nice to actually taste the lobster and not just the dough. This is a must-try.

Apparently the Keith McNally and his team have spend months trying to invent a burger that would rival the Black Label burger at Minetta Tavern. Obviously have to try this. This prime-rib burger is topped of with bacon marmalade, roasted mushrooms, and gruyère cheese. So much hope and expectations for this. Pleased to say that this is an amazing burger, I mean, how can it not be with bacon marmalade and melted gruyère cheese. Very well done. However, I wouldn't go as far to say that this is better than the Black Label burger. In my opinion it's not. This is definitely worth trying though.

Oh how I love soufflé! Chocolate soufflé is probably my favorite dessert ever. So happy to report that this one is a sure win! So many soufflés are too sweet, overpowered with sugary taste. This one was chocolaty, not too sweet, perfect consistency and is the most delicious thing ever. I have witnessed a couple order two of these and after, ordered another round. Yes, it's that good. There was also a raspberry soufflé that's waiting for me next time I'm there.

-NYCAnna

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Reviewed June 22, 2014

Right, targeted wine list; special hamburger is the sushi of the night ( less rich than his Minetta version); cheese small selection but amazing buffalo blue; rasperry soufflé great.

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

This wonderful newcomer from those who brought you Balthazar and the Minetta Tavern officially opened on June 13, 2014. The level of polish on the part of the food and the service is already stunning. The Côtes du Rhône house wine carafe set the tone for our early evening repast. The green market lettuces salad was crisp, light and lemony. The asparagus salad with parmesan, pickled chanterelles, frisée and garlic breadcrumbs was more substantial and took the edge off our appetites. For entrees we enjoyed the roasted chicken breast with baby leeks, morels and gnocchi, perhaps the best chicken this reviewer has ever had, and the super tender filet mignon au poivre served with greens and pommes frites with homemade mayonnaise and ketchup dipping sauces. We loved the roasted cauliflower with a cheese sauce as a side dish. For dessert we had cappuccinos and split a marvelous crepes Suzette, a perfect end to a wonderful meal. We were encouraged to linger and to savor this Father's Day event. The service by Nicholas was most timely and detail-oriented and Selin was the model attentive assistant manager. General Manager Phil came and visited with us a few times as well. We cannot think of one thing we would change or that could be done better. Cherche Midi is a tough act to follow and it has only just begun.

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