Must try: Pike Mousseline, Chocolate Napoleon with Rasberry Soufflé
I was recently invited to a press dinner to review Jeanne & Gaston, which opened up last year in Chelsea. This wonderful little French Bistro is an unlikely surprise on 14th street, which is otherwise very commercial.
At Jeanne & Gaston, Executive Chef Claude Godard, the veteran owner of Madison Bistro, offers an eclectic French menu highlighting dishes from Burgundy. The food is classic French cuisine with a modern flair.
There is a charming seasonal garden in the rear, which is really wonderful for outdoor dining. They also have a full service bar with great cocktails and a notable selection of global and French wines.
To me though, the real reason to visit Jeanne & Gaston is to support the passion of its wonderful Chef and owner Claude Godard who was awarded the prestigious title of Maître Cuisinier de France (Master Chef France). Goddard is one of the most unassuming and endearing talents I have met in recent times.
Through this eatery, Goddard pays homage to the lineage of three generations of chefs in his family. Jeanne & Gaston is named after his grandparents.
Jeanne & Gaston offers a two course pre-fix for lunch ($21) and a three-course prefix dinner ($40) every day. That is an amazing deal for the quality of fare that is served. They also have Happy Hour every night from 4PM until closing.
Here is some of what we ate:
A VARIETY OF COCKTAILS
THREE KINDS OF ESCARGOTS
DUCK FOIE-GRAS & PETIT POIS PARFAIT
“LE BOURGUIGNON” BRAISED SHORT RIBS IN PINOT NOIR REDUCTION
QUENELLE, PIKE MOUSSELINE IN NANTUA SAUCE
SEARED COD WITH CAULIFLOWER “ECRASE”