On my most recent trip to NYC I had the opportunity to enjoy a dinner at Benoit NY. While I’ll admit this Midtown brasserie is charming, and I enjoyed my meal, Jules Bistro in the East Village remains my favorite casual French restaurant in Manhattan.
Located on 55th Street between 5th and 6th Ave, Benoit has a cozy bar as you enter from the street. The dining room (as shown above) is colorful with splashes of red, yellow and honey stained wood. The menu is divided into appetizers and main plate with the first ranging in price from $12-$26 and latter ranging in price from $25-$41.
Warm bread is served upon being seated – I wish this was done everywhere. I’ve never been one to shun carbs and happily helped myself while I waited for my drink to arrive. I started my meal with a basic mixed green salad and opted to try the restaurant’s “French Classic of the Month”, Boeuf bourginon for $29 for my main plate.
I barely noticed the salad while I chatted with my colleagues, but the same can’t be said for the boeuf bourginon. The beef was so tender I think I could have cut the meat with a spoon. This classic French dish was also accompanied by pearl onions, carrots, mushrooms and pomme puree. There was hardly a trace of any of it when our server cleared our plates. Sadly as much as I would have enjoyed dessert, I was too full to enjoy anymore, but I left satisfied.
Dinner reservations are recommended for Benoit NY at 646.943.7373.