Last Wednesday I saw two terrific shows and ate one marvelous meal. The matinee of “Finian’s Rainbow” and the evening performance of “Brighton Beach Memoirs”. Just scroll down to read my reviews.
In between shows I remembered a charming little French restaurant – “Pergola Des Artistes” 252 West 46th Street and decided to go there for an early dinner. I usually go there before a matinee as they have an excellent, extremely reasonable pre show lunch which includes a glass of wine with the main course. It is always packed. The portions are large, the staff extremely gracious and you are served the best warm and crunchy crispy bread this town has to offer.
If you are lucky you will encounter Marie, the long time owner (since 1963) who will either be behind the bar with her sequined baseball cap, or folding napkins or visiting each table to chat and to make sure you are having a good meal and a good time.
Her son Christian is always on tap to help and explain the many specials that they offer. Last Wednesday my partner and I started with a Lobster Bisque and that tasty bread I’ve already mentioned. I had the calves liver with onions and bacon – medium rare. Excellent. He is French and had the frog legs. Frog legs that were delicious with just enough garlic. One of my favorites and so I tasted. Both served with potatoes and vegetables.
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 9 pm last seating. The restaurant is closed Sundays and Mondays. They are extra busy on Matinee days – due to the good food and the moderate prices. Dinner is a bit more but worth it. I have never been disappointed and neither will you.
Please check out their wonderful web site for full details on the Matinee Special (11.95-14.95) and Business Lunch (9.95-12.95). Served with a glass of wine. Also a la carte (2 course) and prix fixe (4 course) dinners. Their new six course dinner menu and Autumn Specials and extensive wine list which includes a “monthly special”. MC VISA AX
www.pergoladesartistes.com 212 302 7500 212 840 8935
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