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La Ripaille

605 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014 40.73739 -74.005737
at 12th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-255-4406 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

laripailleny.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 11:45am-3pm and 5pm-11:30pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm and 5pm-11:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.

Prices

$16.50-$31.50

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Fireplace
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Lunch
  • Notable Wine List
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

It might seem hubristic to call a restaurant "la ripaille," which means a sumptuous feast in French. But Alain Laurent, whose romantic, bistro-style hideaway has been welcoming repeat customers for a quarter century, makes good on his claim by putting a fresh, fragrant spin on classic ingredients. The trademark appetizer is broccoli mousse: a pristine half-sphere in a pool of butter-lemon sauce. No spiky florettes or granular stems get in the way—it's just pure, intense flavor, like a Platonic ideal of broccoli. And Laurent (who bustles from table to table in a pleasantly forbidding manner) does as well with the entrées. The sautéed fillet of bass, served with a champagne-rosemary sauce, is light and meaty; the duck magret is mauve and tender, though the black currant sauce could have stood more kick. Exemplary of country cuisine done with flair is the pounded chicken with grilled lemon and lime slices, which add a pleasant tartness to the moist, domino-thin meat. The restaurant's homey appeal reinforces the cuisine—besides the fireplace, there's a grandfather clock, a wooden two-pronged pitchfork overhead, and lots of flowers. And at the meal's end you're treated to one of the last remnants of bistro fare: a handwritten bill.

Extra

Watch out on weekends—it can get loud as groups arrive.

Recommended Dishes

Mousse de brocolis, $11

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