Monday, January 8, 2018

Authentic French Cuisine & Wine at Le Rivage NYC

Authentic French Cuisine & Wine at Le Rivage NYC

Visiting NYC for the week for industry conference provided opportunity to have a couple of dinners with son Alec. Our first outing took us back to the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and Restaurant Street in the theatre district for authentic French cuisine at Le Rivage.

Not certain what we'd find for wine selections on the winelist we stopped at the neighborhood wine shop to pick up some wine as a backup safety net and/or for back at the hotel for the week. They graciously offered to serve our BYOB bottle for a corkage fee of $30.

Le Rivage is a third generation Denamiels family operation sited on Restaurant Row since 1984. Its
an authentic, quaint, cozy, even romantic, French country atmosphere with traditional French cuisine.

The narrow dining room is lighted by the art gallery along the walls covered with oil paintings of the rural French countryside and Cote' d'Azure. The candle-lit tables have white tablecloths and fresh flowers.

Being adjacent to the theatre district, Le Rivage offers a good value pre-theatre pric fixe dinner with starter, entree and dessert. I had a lineup of my wine-friendly favorites, Pâté de Campagne, Canard à L'Orange Roast Duck with Triple Sec Sauce Bigarade, and the raspberry sorbet. Linda had the Baked Seafood Crêpe with Bay-Scallops, Shrimp, Mushroom Duxelle, Cream, and Caramelized Onions. Alec had the Gambas Le Rivage Shrimp with Mushrooms and Onions, Merlot. All the food was delectable served by personable, professional, efficient attentive waitstaff.

From the winelist I chose this 2014 Philippine de Saint-Cyrille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand Réserve. For a modest price CDP, this exceeded my expectations, presenting a good QPR (quality price ratio), nice, easy drinking nice complement to the French cuisine.

Philippine de Saint-Cyrille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand Réserve 2014

Garnet colored, somewhat opaque, medium bodied, moderate black cherry fruits with notes of herbs, leather and hint of black olives.

RM 89 points.