Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Demarchelier is a cozy French restaurant that is perfect for visiting before or after shopping along Madison Avenue, a morning in central park, or a visit to a nearby museum such as the Guggenheim Museum. The restaurant serves traditional French bistro fare in a relaxed, fine-tuned setting with such plates as Onion Soup Gratinée, Steak Tartare, and Escargots with Garlic Butter.
Yet the menu is so diverse and well organized, you may easily find yourself trying a different dish or pairing each time you visit. Appetizers include Endives, Apples & Roquefort; Avocado Crab Salad, and Pate De Campagne. Entrees are Filet Mignon, Bison Burger, Duck Confit, and Cheese Fondue for two.
To start our lunch, my guest and I ordered unsweetened iced teas, followed by a refreshing seltzer mixed with fresh strawberry juice. As our starters, my guest had the Organic Beet Salad with crème fraiche ($14.75); and I had the Steak Tartare ($16.50). The portions were perfectly suitable, leaving just enough room for our main course. The steak tartare had a mixture of onion and green olives. The toasted bread was not necessary as I simply used the some of the baguette on the table to share. Yet, the tartare was so delicious on its own that it did not need to be paired with bread.
The beet salad was excellent, so fresh and flavorful. It is worthy a try!
For our entrees, I had their lunch special: Sea Scallops with sautéed spinach; and my guest had the Grilled Salmon with Lentils ($24.95). To note, the salmon was cooked perfectly through as requested. We both would order these dishes again. During my next visit I would mix it up with the cheese fondue or organic pork chop with the Moules Mariniere as a starter to split.
Dishes that were popular amongst our neighboring restaurant goers were the Classic Nicoise, Quiche of the Day, and the Avocado Crab Salad.
For dessert, we couldn’t resist ordering the Chocolate Mousse and Crème Brûlée that were both fantastic. Paired with espressos, it was a lovely way to end our meal. The Chocolate Mousse was sinfully delicious, don’t go home without trying it!
Weekly specials include couscous on Tuesday, Duck a L’Orange on Wednesday, and Bouillabaisse on Friday, to name a few.
Demarchelier is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner beginning at 11:30am. Brunch is served on the weekends.
http://www.demarchelierrestaurant.com // 212-249-6300