Casimir, A Neighborhood Favorite
I love French bistros, don’t you? There’s a large range of items to eat whether you cheese and meats or a fancy salad. Another reason why I’m a fan of French bistros is because as you all know, I like simple food done right and the majority of food at these establishments concentrate on bringing the real flavor out of the ingredients that are used.
Casimir was above average. I don’t like it as much as L’express, but that’s not to say that I wouldn’t come back. Above average is better than average and better than bad, after all. Above average is pretty good among all of the vast restaurants and cafes in New York City too.
Sauteed chicken liver and sweet shallots over green.
They don’t need the sweet shallots. Everyone always seems to pair chicken liver and camaralized onions or shallots together, but in this dish, the shallots came off way to sweet to mesh well with the chicken livers. Just the flavorful liver and greens would have been good enough.
French Onion Soup
A huge favorite of mine, but their version fell flat. The broth wasn’t flavorful enough. A disappointment.
Filet Mignon with black pepper and cognac sauce, medium rare
Put it this way. It was decent. But I guess that’s not a way you want to remember a filet mignon in the end huh? It was cooked properly and tasted okay, but I’ve had better. I’ve had some marinated skirt steaks from Fresh Direct that I would say are comparable in taste and the Fresh Direct version is much more affordable.
So, would I come back? Yes. Would I bring an out-of-towner here? No. There are better French bistros to bring out of town guests too. However, living here, it seems like a nice place to go back to especially if you live in the area. The interior decorating is typical and cozy of a bistro and the waitstaff was pleasant to deal with. I suspect that those who highly rate this restaurant are regulars who are biased as this has probably become their neighborhood joint so they have an attachment to it and don’t just focus on the taste of the food.
6 out of 10
103 Avenue B, New York NY10009