A Charming East Side Bistro Where Every Day is Restaurant Week

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If you live in New York City, you have your favorite little neighbor restaurants, which you try to keep secret. But we’re letting the proverbial cat out of the bag on a charming little French Bistro – Paname (French slang for Paris)  – located on Second Avenue at 56th street.  We loved the intimate ambiance, art  nouveau décor, the charming owner/chef Bernard Ros, and the wonderful French Cuisine, especially the desserts!! And get this – they have a prix fixe lunch menu for $25 and a prix fixe dinner menu for $35 – restaurant week prices all year long.

A Charming East Side Bistro Where Every Day is Restaurant Week

We started off with a trio of appetizers – crab cakes, smoked salmon and pate.  The salmon was like butter – truly some of the best smoked salmon we’ve ever eaten.  The pate was lovely, and the crab cakes were served with a delectable mustard sauce.

A Charming East Side Bistro Where Every Day is Restaurant WeekOur main courses were organic chicken breast with compote d’aubergines, pine nuts and thyme blossom and the ninman ranch pork scallopini with mushroom giroffle and cidre cream fraiche.  Both dishes were very tasty.

A Charming East Side Bistro Where Every Day is Restaurant Week

But the pièce de résistance is the desserts, hand made by Chef Ros himself, whose specialty is pastries.  OGM.  We sampled caramel sea salt cake (we love sweet and salty anything); the Tart Tatin, a wonderful apple tart served with yummy vanilla ice cream; and then the most sinful and chocolately mousse – actually it was more like a mousse role with hard chocolate on the outside, fluffy mousse on the inside, chocolate sauce on the side and whipped cream.  We were in heaven.

A Charming East Side Bistro Where Every Day is Restaurant Week

Chef/owner Bernard Ros has been in the NYC restaurant business for several years.  He opened Paname two years ago. We talked about how difficult it is for small local restaurants in the city to survive with soaring rents.  But Bernard is determined to keep his prices reasonable and his mostly local clientele happy.  But now that we’ve shared this little gem with you, hopefully he’ll be getting diners from every “hood” – inside and out of the city.  Here’s to all of our wonderful little neighbor restaurants.  Viva la France!

Check it out.  Paname 1068 2nd Ave. NYC, 10022, between 56 & 57 Streets. (212) 207-3737

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Marilyn says:

    Cheryl, Thank you for the Paname find. Can’t believe it’s in our neighborhood and I never heard of it. See you on the 3rd with Lois Hess.

  2. Avatar Susan H says:

    Low key and friendly, I’ve been to Paname a few times but found the wines by the glass choices dismal. Owner says he can’t open “good” bottles for a single glass. Lame excuse since cruvinets aren’t new and 2 glasses will more than pay for a reasonably good bottle.
    Any 3T readers in the wine business? please go enlighten this nice man!

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