Duet Restaurant, a charming French-American brassiere, is easily spottable as you stroll through Greenwich Village* in Manhattan. And rightfully so. With a refined yet relaxed vibe, Duet Restaurant should be one of the top restaurants from which you decide upon to take your significant other on a romantic date night out, or a family gathering after a milestone event. I made my first visit to Duet this past Sunday for an early dinner before heading back home to the Hamptons.
I chose a side table on the main level adjacent to their grand, floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for sweeping views of the West Village and plenty of natural light. It was an opportunity to witness the bustling weekend in the Village while settling in for a relaxing dining experience. My waiter was excellent; he provided spot-on recommendations on the cocktail menu and the dinner menu, explaining the preparation of each dish and which ones he thought I would prefer based upon my culinary preferences.
To start, my cocktail of choice was Winter is Coming: Apple Honey Walnut Bourbon, Lime, Ginger, Apple ($14). Another drink that stood out to me was Peach Bourbon Smash crafted with Peach Vanilla Bourbon and Ginger Beer. Smooth, refreshing and served on the rocks. Strong enough and an excellent compliment to my meal. I liked specifically here that they did not rush to bring me the bread plate. I have been eating more bread than I care to admit, and ended up not tasting the bread basket as it had arrived paired with my first appetizer, which I preferred.
For my dinner, I ordered two appetizers: Kobe Beef Carpaccio: filet mignon, basil, asian pear, arugula, parmesan ($16); and Escargot Puffs: cream of spinach, shallots, phyllo dough ($16). Two entrees that piqued my interest were the Squid Ink Linguine With Burrata and Beef Stroganoff, a 4 oz filet mignon with mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. I posted the Kobe Beef Carpaccio dish on my Instagram page and received many inquiries regarding the taste. My followers were intrigued; raw eggs is not a new experience, though it was my first time having a raw egg served on top of carpaccio. My answer: I would order this dish again in a second: it was memorable, unique and a perfect serving size. Second was the Escargot Puffs. A lovely marriage of creamed spinach and escargot; an exotic comforting dish that was ideal for the evening.
Dessert deserved a crown. I chose the Dulce de Leche Doughnuts ($14), an oozing river of warm caramel sauce and served with a side of berries. My second choice was the Trio of Crème Brûlée ($13), a dish I will have to order during my next visit. I will confess I ate all but one doughnut, I was so satisfied after my dinner that I slept like a baby on the Jitney home.
Monday night is Oyster Night: 50 cent oysters and one dozen oysters with black caviar is $30; Wednesday night is Lobster Night, which includes these lobster dishes: lobster risotto, lobster bisque, lobster burger, lobster ravioli, and more; and Thursday is Steak Night: 48 oz Porterhouse for two with 2 side dishes, one appetizer, and one bottle of house wine for $60 per person.
Hours are Monday-Thursday. 5:00 p.m.-Midnight, Friday and Saturday 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., and Sunday 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
http://duetny.com // 212-255-5416
*Please note their new location: 6181 Strickland Ave in Brooklyn