In the intersection between Christopher and Gay Streets is nestled a bit of Paris: a little bistro with dark wood and worn leather, dimly lit with dishes served on homey patterned plates. Jazzy music plays in the background, and service is pithy yet efficient. Like the restaurant’s décor, the food at Dominique Bistro is similarly classic—simple but well-executed, well-seasoned and full-fat.
From Chef Dominick Pepe’s menu, we enjoyed escargot with parsley butter, grilled octopus over frisee salad with chickpeas and potatoes, crisp-skinned duck with cauliflower puree and flavorful corn, rich black truffle risotto, and chocolate soufflé with berries. Portions are reasonable, leaving diners’ satisfied but not overindulged.
For a taste of France without the fuss of a flight, visit Dominique Bistro in the West Village, open 7 days a week from 8 AM to 12 AM, 1 AM on weekends.
By Meena Lee
Photos courtesy of Dominique Bistro