Wednesday, October 10, 2012

La Villette

What an amazing place! Even though 10 Downing suffered an untimely demise, I was really exited to see La Villette opening in the same space.  Soft open as of last week, and it's on my short list for best new village spot of the year. 

First off, everyone is unusually warm and welcoming.  The owner is personally greeting every guest and the chef stopped by our table to say hi with a complementary tasting of Foie Gras Terrine. How awesome is that?!  Get there ASAP while it's still undiscovered! 

I can't say enough good things about La Villette. A truly wonderful  experience. I can't wait to go back.

FOIE GRAS TERRINE was magnificent, smooth and flavorful.  The onion on the side was a bittersweet balsamic-tasting addition that added an unexpected contrasting flavor. Beautiful!

Such a delicate and I would say elegant dish. LOBSTER AND SCALLOP TARTARE was so fresh and intricate that it was an absolute joy to eat. It almost melts in your mouth.  

If you're feeling adventurous and expect to be rewarded for it then the DUCK AND RABBIT RILLETTE is an absolute must. Spread the rillette on fresh baguette and add a drop of mustard and you have fantastically balanced creation. The jar was completely empty when we were done.

Yummy LA TARTE A LA TOMATE! Thin layered puff pastry is covered with tomatoes melted emanthal cheese. It's flawless. 

Instant respect for a place that serves Ottomanelli meat. VEAL FILET MIGNON was the sensational choice of the evening. Tender meat was perfectly done, soft and juicy. Winning with this one!

There was no official dessert menu, just a couple of specials. 
We were instantly sold on the CHOCOLATE MOUSE. Great choice! Fluffy and smooth, 
not too sweet and richly chocolate. Can't wait to see what else they do with their desserts! 

No cocktail list yet either but they  did have one creation 
with muddles STRAWBERRIES, hint of balsamic flavor and topped with a basil leaf. 
Can't really go wrong with a fresh strawberry drink.  
(And some interesting wine selections, though we went with a nice champagne.)

I swear, not compensation was given for an outstanding review. 
I was truly impressed and exited about this great new addition to the West Village 

La Villette
10 Downing Street
New York, NY

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