NYC: Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote

Friday, March 25, 2011 6 No tags Permalink 0

I look forward to meals at Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote not because the food is exceptional, but it’s reliable. Le Relais is a chain from Paris (where they have three locations). Two locations in London, and one in NYC, which opened mid-2009.

There is but one menu item: Steak Frites. $24.95 for two servings of steak fries and starter salad. The salad is no afterthought, with a bold mustardy vinaigrette dressing and chopped walnuts, some may even call it the main attraction.

I met Bhavneet here for an early dinner this evening. So early the sun was still out! It’s be awhile since I’ve had dinner in natural light…the winter season can get awfully depressing. Especially when you’ve lived most your life in Hawai’i.

Your call: blue, rare, medium or well. Rare for me, medium for Bhavneet. I keep telling myself I’ll try blue next time around, but then I always go back to rare. Old habits die hard. You see this serving size? You get double that, which makes the meal a pretty good deal. Once you finish the first plate the waitress comes around and refills the same plate with a second portion. Fries – though golden and crisp, always need to be salted a bit more. A gentle shake of salt and then I drag a forkful of fries through the extra-buttery secret sauce. According to Nick, “it reportedly incorporates blanched chicken livers, mustard, and thyme.” How could that combination not be good, right?

Whereas the main menu gives practically no options, the dessert menu almost gives too many options. I’ve had nearly all the desserts on the menu, and save for the…

Profiteroles and CafĂ© Liegeois, the desserts are somewhat boring and not worth the effort. Perhaps. Instead of dessert at Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote, we may have a few more glasses of wine? ;)

Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote
590 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 758-3989

6 Comments
  • anonymous
    March 25, 2011

    Hiya!I been a silent reader for so long and never comment because well…I live in London and I can't eat what you eat plus I'm a student!But since you mention that this place had 2 locations in London , I just HAD to google it and check it out for myself!So does that mean the steak frites is the only thing they cook and nothing else? I must take a companion with me and plus I love steak! But I probably pass the dessert and go to an ice cream bar for my favourite belgium waffle with white chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce <3Did I mention I'm in love with your blog <3

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 25, 2011

    Hi Kar-Yan!Thank you! :) Yup, the website shows two London locations here: http://www.relaisdevenise.com/map.htmSteak frites is indeed the only item they serve (plus the salad). The only thing you get to choose is how you want the steak done. It's not exceptional, but good and so much fun, and you can always count on consistency.I would TOTALLY pass on dessert here for a Belgium waffle with ice cream and caramel!!!…::drool!::

  • anonymous
    March 25, 2011

    I'm actually using your blog and also Miss Robyn's blog for food information for my friend's holiday so she can rest and eat easy rather than going places and be disappointed hehe!Everytime I look at your blog, I get super-hungry! >_<P.S Sorry I totally get excited when someone replies back and then I can't stop talking about food! No one understands my obsession =(

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 25, 2011

    Hi Kar-Yan!Haha no worries, I totally understand your obsession! Glad both our blogs came in handy. You're so nice to help your friend find places…lucky her ^_^

  • anonymous
    March 25, 2011

    "Once you finish the first plate the waitress comes around and refills the same plate with a second portion."Do you think that this is only done in America to satisfy our lust for big portions?

  • anonymous
    March 30, 2011

    oh nice, i've wanted to try this place. good to know the portions are nice!

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