Fantastic! Ravishing! I was positively amazed by Casimir.... People talk about Balthazar but people should know about CASIMIR. I am french and i find it hard to find a good bistro in nyc that do not take you for a sucker! Most bistro are expensive and not particularly good. Trust me it is true! It is much easier to find a good italian , japonese or korean than a good french place.
Well it seems that I found mine! CASIMIR.....
First, a great bistro decor with no particular pretention but a lot of attention.... I love the Napoleon painting and the one of the mysterious mischevious red headed woman portrait staring in the lounge. Best of all is their ability to make you feel confortable with the lighting,soft yet you can see what you're eating!
Music in accordance with the rythm of the evening (I arrived at 6.30 to leave at 9 and it passed from classical jazz to ethnic music to more soft rock'n'roll with some impromptues like gainsbourg or some corsican folklore (i asked about that one it was so pretty!!)).... Even without being a big music connaiseur I had pleasure in listening perfectly adapted tunes!
Now casimir's strongest asset is the food. We were 5 people at the table and decided to all share the mini plates...... exquisite! thanks to that new feature we could all have a taste of something delicious. Casimir's new trend of the french tapas! GREAT IDEA!!!!!
We had 3 mini salads, one with fennel asparagus and green beans (very crunchy and tasty), one with goat cheese and roasted peppers (superb!)and another one with chicken liver and greens (fantastic with the balsamic vinegar) and an order of their homemade fois gras (astoundingly tasty with the cognac flavour) an order of escargot (always a must ) and some moules farcies (to die for!!!!!! pastis is spread over them and gives an marvelous flavour to the mussels)..... For the main course, we went for only mini plates and tried almost everything! We passed on the steak frites to favor it the filet mignon (great meat), passed also on the mini burger (eventhough we knew it is one of the best burger in NY) and the mussels since we had them as an appetizer. Our best meal in ages! Such a variety for not so much money.
Casimir is a must go!!!!!!!