Café d’Alsace

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81 Good

A good French neighborhood restaurant in an area that needs one.

1695 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10128


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The lowdown

Like Simon Oren’s other popular French-themed establishments (Nice Matin, Marseille), Café d’Alsace boasts many of the cheery features that have helped make the ersatz bistro-brasserie model the dominant comfort formula of our age. There is the curved pewter bar (here with a ring of decorative, antique seltzer bottles suspended over the barflies’ heads), and rows of tables jammed together, which, in summertime, will no doubt spill out onto the street. There is the meticulously tiled floor, which suggests equal parts bonhomie and old-fashioned good taste, and, of course, there are the posters on the wall, in this case ones depicting hoisted beer steins and other scenes evocative of old Alsace. Several of the familiar staples of the French-American brasserie canon are on display here (charcuterie platter, foie gras terrine, a fine hanger steak and frites), but mostly the menu is peppered with rib-sticking Alsatian specialties such as a tarte flambé (slightly weathered and overcrisped); crocks of potée Alsatian swirling with white beans, cabbage, and nuggets of bacon; and big, heavy-artillery items like the famous Alsatian casserole called baeckeoffe.

Adam Platt

What you need to know

Recommended DishesBaeckeoffe.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized