158 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 18th St.
By dag246 on 9/15/2011
Wait - you are not a two-bit bar tender or waitress from some depressing part of France, right? You are REALLY a super-educated, cultivated (!), moneyed aristocrat from a really great part of France and merely grace us with your presence for a HOBBY? Ah, I get it now. The restaurant is actually great at presenting an added sideshow at no extra cost: "the ridiculous French buffoon". Nice food - pity about the French.
By alphatho on 6/1/2010
The waitress was quite aggressive. At the end I could say it was the worst waiter I have had in New York as she managed to ruin my birthday evening, even though my husband, in his initial excitement, let her know about that. She was arrogant and so "pretentious" trying to show that "French superiority" while in fact she had no class: rude "jokes", wine spilling- no apology, unpleasant "familiarity", intrusive surveillance, wrong orders, aggressive talking - almost yelling. Overall, very uncomfortable and frustrating. The food - nothing special, quite blunt, especially the shell steak which was hard and unflavored. The lamb was good, though I asked for medium and I ate it rare . Besides that, the vegetables were really mushy and blunt. The wine was really good, instead. We ordered a $75 bottle of Buzet- grand reserve and fortunately it was worth it. Unfortunately, it was the only positive experience. We intended to have dessert, but our disappointment grew progressively and at the end we just wanted to leave the place. Bottom line - the quality of service/food doesn't match the price, the staff - unprofessional.
By explorer16 on 2/24/2010
I was horrified at the French Ex-Patriot arrogance/rudeness at this establishment which somehow maintained a cordial clientele. I was first directly insulted when I asked for a rare drink, then heard a loud joking ethnic slur (in French) to a waiter, proceeding with having my champagne request ignored for over 15 minutes (small not busy bar) even after two regular patrons intervened. The finale was the waiter's presumption that I had forgotten a tip.
By rossbacher on 2/17/2010
My wife, daughter and I dined at Gascogne on 2/14. The restaurant was packed with happy couples celebrating Valentine's Day. At least they all looked happy after they had eaten the wonderful French food. The restaurant is a throwback to the traditional French restaurants of the past - fine food, good service, appropriate wines. This is the kind of restaurant that we unfortunately can't find in Los Angeles. Perhaps equally as impressive as the food was the staff's ability to handle a completely booked restaurant on one of the most heavily trafficed days of the year without missing a beat. We shall certainly return when next we visit New York.
By giantska on 2/25/2008
Stopped into this small spot with a friend and was pleasantly surprised by the entire experience. Slightly cramped but beautifully decorated room, very romantic country french style. The food was superb, the best cassoulet i"ve ever had. Our server was from Brittany and was very helpful and charming. I will definitly return in the summer to sit in the sweet little garden in the back.
By battousai on 7/10/2005
Went in with moderate expectations but they definitely blew me away with their superb and truly Gascogny-inspired regional cuisine. The food was impeccable and the deserts indulgent especially at such affordable prices. You are instantly greeted in French from the friendly and helpful staff and when in season, you'll be lucky enough to be whisked away to their gorgeous backyard garden perfect for romantic dinners and tete a tetes. Their wine list is balanced and affordable as is their menu so this is a perfect date place for all you young Valentinos looking to squire your pretty young dates. Amid all the Gallic clutter of Chelsea, this wonderful gem rises heads above the rest!