Lunch at Bagatelle

Backstory; a couple of years ago I joined SearsStyle for a brunch at Bagatelle in the Meatpacking District where I had the most amazing black truffle scrambled eggs. Since then I always meant to return, if not for the truffled eggs than at least to try their other eating options. I recently spotted them on Gilt City* (a higher-end version of Groupon) and thought it was a no-brainer, of course I bought a voucher for lunch! Out we went on a blisteringly cold day, my sister, my voucher and I downtown to Bagatelle.

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Our voucher included one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert. We started with a Bagatelle Salad – hearts of lettuce, parmesan cheese, fresh garden herbs, and a mustard vinaigrette. The salad was crisp and fresh, the vinaigrette was a bit heavy for my sister, but I thought it was great.

Bagatelle-NYC

As an entree, I ordered the Ahi Tuna Tartare Bagatelle – featuring a lime soy vinaigrette, avocado salad, and taro chips. The portion was massive. I always forget how filling tuna is, especially raw tuna. I loved the lime soy vinaigrette – which really added a much needed citrus flavor to cut through the clean and creamy flavors of the tuna and avocado salad. Now, I’m in no way a chef or culinary professional, but I feel like I would have enjoyed it far better if the portion was made smaller or served as individual bites. There was nothing wrong with it – the flavors were great – but it was just not something I really enjoyed eating, if that makes sense.

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My sister ordered the Steak Frites Chimi-Choron Sauce – black angus sirloin steak, homemade pommes frites, and cilantro-chipotle bearnaise sauce. No stranger to heat, chipotles, or cilantro, we both deemed this sauce a dud. The fries were perfect, as in you could-not-make-them-in-any-way-better perfect. The steak was also perfectly cooked (medium/rare), but unfortunately Bagatelle seemed to be lacking in serrated steak knives. A quick trip to Bowery Kitchens next door in the Chelsea Market would have taken care of that. So in short, cutting the steak was a job. Such a job, it took away from the enjoyment of said steak. I felt like I was ‘tearin the beastie wit me bare hands’. Also, as fun as having steak for lunch sounds, unless you work on a ranch it’s definitely a safer bet to go for something lighter.

Bagatelle-Lunch-Steak

Our choice of dessert was the Creme Brulee aux Framboises. We actually picked this out while looking at their online menu before we even arrived at Bagatelle. It’s meant to be a raspberry creme brulee served with salted chocolate cookies and raspberry sorbet. What is was was a deliciously creamy creme brulee, perfectly torched, served with raspberry sorbet – whose tart flavor was the most ideal accompaniment to the sweet creaminess of the brulee. I was tempted to lick the plate. It was a perfect end to our otherwise so/so meal and a reminder of why Bagatelle had left such a lasting impression on me in the first place.

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Ultimately, I feel like their entrees were a let-down from what had drawn me back. Could it be it was due to a slow afternoon or maybe the head chef wasn’t in? I don’t know. It is a beautiful restaurant, the dessert was delicious, and the service is definitely on point, and my sister and I had a lovely time just chatting and enjoying each others company – but the entrees, not so much.

Bagatelle
1 Little West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 488 – 2110

http://www.bagatellenyc.com/

New York Fashion Week searsStyle Brunch & Fall Fashion Preview

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend the searsStyle New York Fashion Week 2012 brunch held at Bagatelle in the meatpacking district. Now as a loyal Sears customer (my mom had my baby pix done at Sears!), I was more than thrilled to get a closer look at what Sears was offering in the way of fall fashion. And let me tell you, fashion options from Sears this season are all on trend and look pretty darn fabulous!

At the event I was able to scope out what’s in store for denim lovers like me. There were loads of options- everything from plaid cuff jeans, to nude-colored glittery ones. My favorites were a long pair of black skinny jeans- which I was lucky enough to get to take home with me.

I was also able to talk to the lead designer for the Kardashian Kollection- Bruno Schiavi. He was so nice, and was happy to talk about the process behind designing the line, as well as what it was like working with the Kardashians.

One of my favorite aspects of the event was the location. Bagatelle is located in the heart of the meatpacking district- where much of Fashions Night Out had taken place a couple of days earlier. The chic bistro catering the brunch- with tasty treats like bacon and black truffle scrambled eggs- which was super decadent and delicious!

Yum. The bacon is gone- I might have eaten it ;)

I had a blast at the searsStyle brunch! But for a full, more in depth coverage of what to expect this fall at Sears- stop by and read my first ever guest post on Whirlwind of Surprises- a blog owned by my friend and fellow fashionista, Cinny! Check it out here!

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