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Best

This place is amazing. Not to mention my absolute favorite part is the back patio-which takes you directly back to a small vine lined cafe in Paris. The staff is authentic, and th...

Worst

I don't understand how this restaurant got its high rating. The food was pretty basic and not interesting. I had better french food at a diner. The garden is nice during the wa...

Only if you want to be screwed 2/28/2011

Go here only if you want to be screwed by some idiotic French snob, with a chip on his shoulder. They only take credit cards on the expensive a la carte items, not the specials or the prix fix dinners. They want you to pay in cash for those. They can get very nasty about it too. Also, they've mastered the bait and switch in other ways. They're always ""out"" of the reasonably priced wines, and steer you instead to the overpriced ones. After all this nonsense if you don't leave them 20%, they run after you in the street. What BS!! There are so many other, much much better French restaurants in NY. Why waste your time here. Stay away!! more

Gascogne - May 2010 7/31/2010

Review of restaurants should be foremost about the food: As long as the food is good, who cares about the rest? Taste, taste and taste - that is all a true gourmet cares. All other shortcomings can be forgiven as long as the food is lovely: If you love someone, you must love everything about that person, correct? Yet, most of the so-called reviews seem to be more interested in whining about the service (I say, expertise deserves respect, although many seem to disagree: don't ask for parmeggiano reggiano for your spaghetti alle vongole; it is your fault, if the chef gets a bit nasty) or the proximity of tables (do not be such a selfish anthropophobe: love thy neighbor, remember?) above food. If you are so easily disturbed, a little meditation or therapy can help, you know?\r \r However, Gascogne is an exception to my rule of review: the atmosphere and the service of this restaurants is remarkable because they are so French. The cozy and tranquil back garden creates the illusion that you are in Paris, provided that you do not look up at the back walls of the buildings. One Saturday evening, I was running late for the 7PM reservation by more than 30 minutes, which caused my punctual friend to suffer a wait on the bench outside, and yet when I finally arrived, the staff seated us without a fuss. More to the credits of Gascogne, we only told our waiter once that we were waiting for one more person to arrive, and the waiter never asked us again until we gave up waiting and ready to order - one hour later. Truly graceful, the waiter did not bring our bill until we had fully digested the dessert - another hour later. I will give you this: When the food is fine, service and atmosphere do enhance the overall experience.\r \r Escargot: Unfortunately, really unfortunately, the puff pastry could not cover the less-than-admirable quality of the escargot inside. The lack of quality, nevertheless, was rescued by the fact that it was seasoned well, if not superbly so. Edible? - yes; Will I order again? - maybe no.\r \r Terrine de Lapereau: Delicate with the cooling gelee, this was a delight on my palate. \r \r Foie Gras Poele: Did this come from the Hudson Valley? Or...? If they indeed have come from the Hudson Valley, the foie gras at Gascogne fooled me well. No matter how much they try upstate, the foie gras of the etats-unis is just not the real deal, is it? Biting into the perfectly sealed crust , the runny decadence inside melted into my mouth...lovely, lovely, lovely. \r \r Confit de Canard: One of my favored dishes, but Gascogne's was a little bit on the fatty side, a little too fatty...\r \r Faux Filet de Boeuf au Poivre Vert: Steak with green pepper corn sauce is also one of my, well, fine, many favored dishes. The sauce was full of spirit; however, could they please get a younger boeuf so it would not be as tough to chew and swallow? \r \r Apricot Flambe: Simply done and irresistible - the acidity of the fresh apricot with a touch of sweetness from the brandy were light and round off the dinner satisfactorily.\r \r Crepes Suzette: Prepared by the waiter and properly caramelized by a beautiful fire at a safe distance (so far that I could only see the flame through the window), these crepes were as authentic as they were delectable with the Grand Marnier and orange. more

Oui, superbe! 3/22/2010

This place is amazing. Not to mention my absolute favorite part is the back patio-which takes you directly back to a small vine lined cafe in Paris. The staff is authentic, and the food is delicious. I recommend this place to anyone. They also accommodated us when we were in a huge rush for a show after. Superbe. Pros: great service, authentic more

Amazing French Restaurant 10/22/2009

This is by far some of the best French food I've ever had. The environment is warm and seductive. It's a great place for dates. Pros: Great Food and Atmosphere more

Delish french food 10/22/2009

Gascogne has the most amazing food. It is just like going to Paris only you are NYC!!!! It is authentic and the service is spectacular! I added Gascogne to my FAVE list :) more

MMMMM FRench FOOD FOREVER! 10/22/2009

This place took me back to France and I ate everything there! just about. my bff also loved it and she doesnt even like french stuff escept french fries. haha. Pros: ALL OF IT more

Delicious French food and an amazing atmosphere 9/2/2009

I love Gascogne! The food is a delicious and the atmosphere is amazing! I come to have brunch in the beautiful garden at least twice a month. The staff is always extremely accommodating and I love the wine selection. I highly recommend Gascogne!!! Pros: Everything! more

Beautiful Outside Garden 7/14/2009

I took my wife to this restaurant for our anniversary and we really had a good time. Their backyard garden was very beautiful however I would not suggest you go on an extremely hot evening. The food was good, the staff pleasant and very accomodating. An excellent experience overall. Pros: Little bit of Paris in NY Cons: Garden very humid more

Rudest waiter in NY 12/7/2008

This is the second time I have walked out of this restaurant because the waiter was so incredibly rude. Everyone else at the place was polite and charming, yet this one waiter (whom I have had the misfortune to have before) is rude, dismissive, and foul mouthed. Having given this restaurant a second chance, I will never go back. A restaurant that keeps such an employee deserves to be boycotted. Cons: service more

I can't wait to go back 12/1/2008

A fabulous indulgence! Excellent seasonal dishes, gorgeous wines, and exceptional service. Finally went for the first time last week, and I can't wait to go back!\r \r Pros: food,friendly service more

Good Atmosphere.. 10/8/2008

Went last night with 2 friends and right away i loved the atmosphere! Basically, this is a great restaurant to take a date. Business dinners...not so much! \r \r The food was great but not remarkable. You're basically paying for the atmosphere.\r \r Mentionables were the soups, the Cassoulet, and the Profiteroles \r Cons: staff more

One of my favorite French restaurants in the city...hands down 8/13/2008

Stepping into Gascogne my first time was like stepping from the pavements of NYC into the cobblestone charm of southern France. In a blink, it was like I had flown hundreds of miles to Europe and dining in one of their local favorties~ Since then, I've been a regular and I've never been disappointed! Lovely ambiance, decently priced food (for once!), and GREAT desserts! (Try their homemade tiramisu and you will never eat tiramisu anywhere else!) And to top it off, there's always great music playing softly and it's filled with friendly waiters who let you linger and who laugh and greet each other like old friends...a lovely oasis in the middle of a hectic city~ Pros: food, service, ambience, dessert! Cons: location - i wish it was more central more

Tres Rude! 5/19/2008

What has happened to these people?! In celebration of a special evening, my boyfriend and I sat together on the ""park bench"" side of a table for two in the garden. WE, do have manners, and we behaved very appropriately. We were so happy, and spoke quietly feeling very romantic. First the waiter was rushing and pushy, but we overlooked this and ordered a bottle of wine, 2 appetizers and entre. When we finished the appetizers, the manager came over and rudely barked ""you cannot sit this way, it is not normal, it is unnacceptable!! You must move!!"" At the time there was no one sitting next to us and the garden was not busy. When we asked why, that we have not done anything innapropriate, he said someone didn't like it , and repeated, very hostile, that is was ""not ""normal"" and ""you have to move."" It was truly terrible. I recommend that you make a point to sit on the same side of a table for two and take back the romance that is obviously a problem with this host/manager! Cons: rudeness more

romantic 2/15/2008

Nice staff, romantic setting, ultimately disappointing food. Good for a first date but don't expect to be wowed by the cuisine. more

Watchout for the wine list. 10/22/2007

This is a beautiful restaurant. The setting is intimate and does feel a trip to France in the heart of Manhattan. That said, we've had a mixed experience. The food is somewhat disappointing, the only consistently good dish seems to be the lamb. My fish was boring and seemed micro-waved, and on another trip I got the pleasant and found it very dry. If it was a little less pricey I'd take the food as it is (well maybe), but in Manhattan there are better French restaurants for this price.\r \r Our worst experience was the wine. We bought a $70 bottle; I think it was a St. Jullian? (on previous trips we had stuck to the 40 to 50 dollar range and found the wine not great, but acceptable). This wine however we couldn't drink - and we aren't that big of wine snobs. It just sat in front of us all night. We thought it was corked and the waiter did oblige us by opening a second bottle, but the first was as horrible as the second. The waiter had trouble opening both bottles, the corks seemed dry? Maybe we just found that rare bottle of wine we couldn't stand, but my guess is that the wine (as a lot) hadn't been stored correctly or something was wrong... \r \r Our warning - watch out for the wine list. Anyway, as beautiful as the restaurant is, and as much as I love dinning outside, we won't be back.\r more

My home away from home...Gascogne has excellent French fo... 8/20/2007

My home away from home...Gascogne has excellent French food, a great wine list, and a charming garden. more

My home away from home...Gascogne has excellent French fo... 8/20/2007

RamonaGonzales Provided by Partner
My home away from home...Gascogne has excellent French food, a great wine list, and a charming garden. more

Tres Jolie 7/12/2007

We enjoyed Gascogne very much. They have an outdoor garden in the back, and the setting was romantic. The house champagne was fairly good, but not great. My roast chicken was succulent and cooked with perfect herbs. Mee lady's duck leg confit was so good she refused to share but one bite. The beet salad was fresh and dressed lightly. \r \r For dessert, the creme brulee and profiteroles were excellent. And, best of all, the price was reasonable for Manhattan. Recommended, especially for a date. Z Pros: Romantic, classic French fare Cons: small more

great foie gras 6/12/2007

great foie gras more

great foie gras 6/12/2007

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Traditional French cuisine served in an inimate, candlelit setting

Owner Message

  • Diners come to this French Bistro in Chelsea for their signature cassoulet and foie gras. Gascogne specializes in the traditional cooking found in Southwestern region France. The Chelsea eatery is decorated to look like the rustic, French countryside. The restaurant itself is intimate and candlelit, creating a romantic atmosphere perfect for date nights. For larger groups, there is also space for private parties.Gascogne also offers Prix Fixe menu options making it the perfect Chelsea restaurant for a budget friendly, romantic evening. Gascogne's garden is the perfect place for alfresco dining. A different theme is celebrated in the garden each season. The Chelsea bistro is a favorite for diners looking for a romantic meal, prix fixe menu options or authentic French cuisine. Remember to try their signature dishes, cassoulet and foie gras.

Editorial

  • Everyone receives a polite ""bon soir"" at the door; that welcome and the old fashioned charm of the dining rooms appeal to couples and close friends looking for a spot to enjoy quiet conversation....

  • 7/7/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Dinner 7 Days a Week Lunch: Tue - Fri 12pm-3pm Brunch: Sat - Sun 12pm-4:30pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Chelsea, Midtown
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