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?
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote
590 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022