Modern French Excellence: Bagatelle
Written by: Geo Hagan

So it’s no secret that NYC’s Meatpacking District is not the area to visit if you’re primarily interested in bargain/discount experiences. Almost everything you’ll find here comes wrapped in luxury and bearing a matching price tag. Whether it’s fashion shops, hotels, nightclubs, lounges or eateries, you should be prepared to dig into your bank account and “f**k up some commas.”

Nestled in between all the accoutrements of finer living in this tony area is the exemplary French & Mediterranean upscale restaurant, Bagatelle. 

Located at 1 Little West 12 street, Bagatelle delivers a combination of fine dining, inviting ambience and first class hospitality. On a recent visit this past weekend, we arrived early for a 9pm dinner reservation and were still seated promptly – with no fuss at all. It was a night of celebration, so of course the Moet champagne was flowing and our handsome Spanish waiter was both courteous and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. After a tasty salad appetizer, we settled on the Gambas Snackees au Pastis (Seared Jumbo Prawn with Herb Risotto and Pastis Scented Cream) for the main dish. The prawns were ginormous and masterfully seasoned, and the risotto was superbly executed. For dessert, we had the Creme Brulee aux Framboises (that was just heavenly) and a decadent warm apple tarte tatin (that was decadent and moist). 

Throughout dinner, the ambience was lively, the decibel levels of the main dining room were just right and you just felt that you could spend your whole night there with no stress or worries. We give it very high marks, and if you’re ever looking for the best place to wine and dine in the Meatpacking, Bagatelle should be at the very top of your list. 

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