LA GAULOISE Opens in Downtown Manhattan | Burgers and Bourbon with BJ Coleman

LA GAULOISE Opens in Downtown Manhattan





Georges Forgeois’ seventh dining spot in New York City, La Gauloise (2 Clarkson St at Varick), has opened its doors in the West Village.

In the spirit of its name, which evokes ancient France, the menu focuses on classic dishes like Lapin à la Provençale (rabbit stewed in white wine and roasted tomatoes), Cuisses de Nymphes (frog legs with garlic butter and parsley purée), and sweet Charlotte (ladyfingers and Bavarian cream).

The Fromage platter at La Gauloise ranges from 1 ($6), 3 ($17) or 5  ($28) options of luxe french cheeses - gouda, camembert, bleu and/or cremont
The Fromage platter at La Gauloise ranges from 1 ($6), 3 ($17) or 5 ($28) options of luxe french cheeses – gouda, camembert, bleu and/or cremont.

Tucked behind The Clarkson restaurant, La Gauloise is an approachable bistro with low key elegance finished with everything right that makes french dining special.  And if you are familiar with Forgeois and his team, it’s no surprise they have mastered the secret to hip french dining, as staple New York City restaurants, including Soho’s Cafe Noir and Brooklyn’s Bar Tabac, are also under his group.

La Gauloise Steak Frites ($28) features a thick cut NY Strip with greens, a nice serving of hand cut fries and bearnaise sauce!
La Gauloise’s Steak Frites ($28) features a thick cut NY Strip served with greens, a nice serving of hand cut fries and bearnaise sauce!

Prices are moderately high at La Gauloise, but worth the authenticity in flavors (the steak and fish were both tender and juicy, and perfectly seasoned), standout options (escargot, ravioli, duck are all on the menu) and attentive service (our waiter frequented the table to check on our progress).

Truite Grille ($25) is La Gauloise's
Truite Grille ($25) is La Gauloise’s

I stopped in last week, and had a really good time oohing and awing over their delicious options!  New York nightlife queen Amy Sacco held court in a corner booth, and I heard Steven Tyler‘s daughter Mia Tyler has stopped by and Insurgent actor Johnny Weston was in two weeks ago!

I had a great time at La Gauloise!  Easy and fun, it’s perfect for a hot date, lounging with friends, or a even a dinner solo!  It’s small and quaint, but decor is ornate and the staff maintains the downtown appeal.  La Gauloise is a must visit for the tastemaking New Yorker or the hip tourist.

BJC.

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