Just like Goldilocks, sometimes in New York, whether you’re visiting, or local, you can have trouble finding something just right. If you’re visiting town, or just running your daily routine, Dominique Bistro is that just right break from the day. Located on Christopher, on a rather less bustling corner nook, this Parisian influenced bistro has a special, subtle charm. Walking by, you can even sense the neighborhood vibe. One gets the feeling that on any given day locals can be found inside drinking afternoon coffee, taking a work call, or perched at their regular chair with the morning paper.
I stopped here for lunch last week in between meetings and work. Yet somehow my lunching companion and I were able to relax and not look at our phones for a full straight hour. Well, maybe not a full straight hour including picture taking, but you get the idea. Instead, we relished in the surprising, and not often found quiet, while enjoying a deliciously fresh salad, accompanied by filling Squid ink pasta. Dominique’s chef, (and namesake), Dominick Pepe creates Parisian inspired classics and dishes with a rustic feel; a point even furthered by its lovely presentation. Because as we all know, these days the way it looks is just as important as the way it tastes.
Squid ink linguine included peekytoe crab, garlic cream, green chillis, and micro basil, $31.
The beet salad was the perfect companion to this filling pasta dish. It included goat cheese (my favorite), heirloom beets and candied walnuts. ($16).
On this bustling island, time moves pretty quickly. But sometimes if you’re really lucky, you can actually get life to slow down. It usually depends on a few things, including your mood or even your location. But if you’re out and about in Manhattan, and find yourself needing a moment over a cup of coffee or a tasty lunch, do yourself a favor and take a break at this West Village bistro. You may even find yourself forgetting which city you’re in.
If you’re more of a night person, then check out Dominique’s dinner and music series. For only $10, you can dine on steak, scallops, or more while enjoying some pretty sweet, live music. Doesn’t get better than that, does it?
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