If you want an easy meal that has a moderately priced, simple, straightforward menu of salad and steak frites, head over to Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote . This restaurant’s name might sound familiar if you been to Paris, as this is the famous Parisian steakhouse in the 17th Arrondissement.
We went to the new SoHo location on a dreadfully rainy and windy night. The waitresses are dressed in black with a frilled skirt and white apron uniform and the informed us the menu is a salad with walnuts with their famous dressing and steak frites. The only thing we can choose is the temperature of our steak cooked (we chose rare). The other options are additional like wine and dessert.
The meal itself was fine. The salad, topped with walnuts and a mustard vinaigrette was a bit too heavy on the dressing for me. The steak arriving as soon as we were finished with our salad, is an entrecôte, a modest portion cut into slices the shape and size of passport photos, and smeared in Le Relais de Venise’s famous “secret sauce.” The generous heap of delicious pommes frites stole the show for the meal. Thin, long fries that’s delicately crisp and with a touch of creamy potato goodness. We had glasses of Malbec that could hold up on steak but not overwhelming. There’s extra helpings of frites, if you want it and a second round of the steak as well.
We finished our meal with dessert and coffee. Most of the dessert menu is made up of ice cream sundaes with a few baked goods to mix things up a little. We opted for the profiteroles filled with vanilla ice cream and drenched with a thick chocolate glaze and toasted flaked almonds. It’s a good dessert but we actually liked the peach melba sundae – vanilla ice cream topped with chopped peaches and topped with a large cloud of whipped cream – it’s simple and easy to like.
Overall, the meal was good. The meal is meant to be simple and unfussy. The service is quick but polite.
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Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote
40 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10013
Tel. +1 (212) 334-2580