Dinner at Dominique Bistro was very solid when my friend and I were there very recently. The atmosphere here reminds me of the cozy Parisian bistros I’ve seen and dined in my trips to France but it has a New York feel to it as well.
We started our evening with glasses of lovely brut rosé and Côtes du Rhône. The foie gras poêle was very tasty. The lobes of foie gras were perfectly seared and not overcooked. The waffle could have been cooked a little longer so there would have the textural contrast of crisp waffle melding with the silky liver. Our large tray of charcuterie and cheese board was overall good. The meats (we had the 18-month prosciutto di Parma, duck salami and rabbit pate) were better than the cheeses. Not to say the cheeses (Sottocenere, Fourme d’Ambert, and Preferes des Montagnes) were bad at all; we found them mild and not ripened enough to get its fullest potential texturally and flavor-wise.
The squid ink linguine was very satisfying. The creamy, savory garlic cream sauce with a spicy, zesty green chile sizzling throughout each bite. The flakes of Peekytoe crab had a good ration and the sweet crab’s flavor comes through just enough. If we have to criticize anything, the pasta itself was a touch overcooked.
Both of our main courses were very hearty and delicious. Cassoulet with duck confit was solid. The stewed vegetables and sauce were cooked to the expected textures (cannellini beans were creamy). The duck leg confit was nicely cooked except the skin isn’t as crispy as it could be. The choucroute garnier was a very pork-centric stew of thick slabs of rendered pork belly, chunks of incredibly flavorful sausages, slices of smoked breast, and pork tenderloin all resting on a mildly fermented sauerkraut.
We finished our meal sharing the chocolate mousse. The mousse was made with a good bittersweet chocolate but the textures wasn’t creamy and seductive as we were hoping for.
Overall, it’s a very good dinner. Our waiter was cordial. We liked the vibe of the place and the food was delectable
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14 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (646) 756-4145