CLOSED: Brunch at Bar Artisanal, 7/25/09
Monday, July 27, 2009 at 6:10PM
The Lady Who Lunches in RIP: NYC restaurant cemetary



I must be coming down with another case of French “fever.” This could explain my recent cravings for charcuterie, cheese, bread and wine. Every three-four months, France successfully seduces me in to making a return visit; however, with our crappy economy, my lack of travel funds and zero remaining “Personal Time Off” days (at work), the closest I’ll get to Paris is by way of a croque madame sandwich and a glass of Pinot Noir. Luckily, NYC has plenty of French bistros and brasseries for me to escape to when I need to a good ol’ fashioned emotional eating pity party.

And while we’re on the topic of French bistros, check out my brunch review from the gorgeous, brand-new Bar Artisanal:

What’s the space like?

Think: Dramatic floor to ceiling paned-windows, black and white checkered tile floors, grand chandeliers, suede olive green banquets, oversized flower arrangements, a cheese/charcuterie station, and a large bar. Even beyond NYC standards, Bar Artisanal is very spacious and open; I can’t imagine ever feeling overwhelmed or claustrophobic. To top it all off, charming French music plays subtly in the background, transporting diners across the Atlantic.

How was the service?

Friendly, knowledgeable and perfectly paced.

Did you drink?

I began brunch with a Kir (Sancerre/white wine topped with a splash of Crème de Cassis), but chose to sip ice water for the remainder of the meal.

How was the food?

Overall, brunch was delicious! In order to taste as much as we could, Shirley and I ordered a variety of items and split everything in half. We clearly overestimated our hunger, but the menu had too many items that we simply could not resist!

What’s pricing like?

Reasonable, especially when considering the high-quality ingredients:

Will you return to Bar Artisanal?

 Most definitely! Between the restaurant’s space, concept, affordable pricing, and delicious food, I can’t wait to return to Bar Artisanal.



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