One Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
I am of the belief that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Ok so I had a slightly self-indulgent birthday party this year and celebrated at Bagatelle NYC. One of the many things that New York does really well is brunch. Especially boozy brunch. Bagatelle’s Saturday brunch party is one of the best in the city and in their new location in the center of the Meatpacking district, they really kill it. The space is beautifully renovated and is entirely white and airy feeling until 3pm on Saturday when they draw the navy blue velvet curtains closed over the floor-to-ceiling windows blacking out the entire room.
Many people will go without even ordering any food because all you really need is a cocktail in hand, but it actually happens to be pretty decent bistro fare. Burgers, tartare and way too many frites for consumption, the food is the perfect complement to bottles of flowing rose and champagne. We opted for a full meal in addition to our bubbly and rose.
Probably the most popular dish on our table was the bistro burger. This rich burger definitely has a high fat content and grilled to a nice medium rare is juicy and tender. The buttery bun absorbs the juice without becoming soggy or fallying apart. All good credentials for a burger.
Among the other dishes we ordered there was a tuna tartare that came in a a perfect ring on the plate atop avocado. A very French way to serve Tartare.
We also had an eggplant dish that was a delicious caprese style salad of marinated eggplant layered between slices of mozzarella.
As one might expect of a any French brunch menu, of course there was croque madame which is a pretty heavy dish to begin with, and then served with yet more potatoes. It was crispy on the outside and creamy inside from the bechamel sauce.
If you enjoy blasting music, sparklers, the occasional celebrity and ladies in skimpy costumes midday on a Saturday then Bagatelle is the place for you. I am also adding to my EPIC picks for best brunch parties.