When my mom and I went into NYC to see a matinee of WarHorse, we decided to go to a restaurant beforehand. I had written down a handful that were on the way to the theatre and looked good. My way of choosing is to go to the Fook Network website and use their finder to see what's in the area-- it has a handy little map and everything. We ended up deciding to go to Pigalle.
We waiting for them to open for lunch (they had a brunch beforehand, though) and then went on in. The atmopshere is very nice, with a French kind of feel and a lot of homey decorations-- many roosters! It was very well-decorated.
We started out with some appetizers. My mom got a crock of the Onion Soup Gratinee. She enjoyed it very much. I tried some, too, and it was very good!
I got the Savory Onion Tart. Absolutely delicious! It was resting on slices of tomatoes. Now, I'm not usually huge on eating tomatoes unless they are sliced really thin or chopping up in something like bruschetta, but these went perfectly with the onion tart and had really good flavor. A+!
For a main course, my mom got the Ham & Brie Sandwich on Baguette. Again, very delicious! It came with a nice little salad and French fries, too. She was pleased with the dish. I helped her with those fries-- they were great.
Half eaten; I was slow with the camera for that course, hah!
I had just chosen another appetizer for my 'main' dish, the Bistro Crab Cakes. They were very good, with a delightful smoke paprika mayonnaise to dip them into. Unfortunately, I kind of forgot to take a photo until it was too late, but you can, at least, see how much I enjoyed the meal. (Mine had come with a little salad, too. And my mom ate those grape tomatoes.)
Of course, we had to get dessert. I decided to go a little outside of my comfort zone and get the Creme Caramel. The description was, "Traditional French vanilla nad caramel custard." However, it was less like custard, and more like flan. The taste was certainly delicous, and I loved the caramel sauce. However, I have texture issues with that sort of thing, so after eating half of it, while I loved the flavor, I was kind of at the end of my limit with the consistency. (I can't eat jello for the same reasons.)
Thankfully, my mother was more than willing to trade desserts, so we each happily finished off each others. She had gotten a chocolate tart, and oooh my, was it good. Very rich, dark, bittersweet chocolate, mm!
The prices of this place were pretty typial for a nicer New York restaurant. Appetizers were in the $6 to $10 range. Sandwiches were around $11-$15, and other main dishes tended to be in the $12-$22 range. Desserts were $6-$15.
If you're in NYC, this is a place I'd recommend. It's got a nice atmosphere with some tasty food! (Go for the Onion Tart!)
790 8th Ave.
New York, NY