• René Pujol

  • French $24-$44
  • 321 W. 51st St.
    New York, NY 10019
  • Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen
  • Phone: 212-246-3023
This venue is closed. Formality and dining are rarely linked in today's jeans and T-shirt culture, but venerable René Pujol offers a well-heeled, over-45 clientele a chance to turn back the clock. Decorative plates and copper pots adorn linen-covered walls, giving the dining room an elegant feel, only circa 1979. Tuxedo-clad waiters punctuate a dated setting made somewhat more curious by the choice of music: Muzak-inspired pop tunes (Seal and Enya) evoking your last elevator ride. More successful is the well-rounded French menu: along with the familiar escargot and cassoulet, hearty roasted meats and fish fill out a long list of prix-fixe options. Presentation is ornate; sauces are decadent. A thick, creamy béarnaise matches the smoky notes of the grilled filet mignon, while a lighter pignolis and shallot sauce enlivens tender, roasted quail. Desserts tantalize: The flawlessly cooked warm, melting chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream may be good enough to justify pulling those slacks and dresses from the back of the closet.
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  • Special Features

    Notable Wine List Private Dining/Party Space Theater District Prix-Fixe Business Lunch Lunch Great Desserts

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

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