I’ve been a fan of Everett Reid’s cooking since L&E took over the space from the venerable Restaurant du Village. While we occasionally have a meal in the dining room, usually we opt for the intimate French 75 Bar and less dear bar menu. For me, the dining room retained its previous life as a special occasion spot, where you had to get dressed up and speak in hushed tones (not my forte!). Well, no longer. In two short weeks, L&E transformed the room into a convivial and yes, slightly boisterous, bistro.
Our favorite bartender, Michael Bellesiles, is happily ensconced at a second bar that stretches along one side of the room, cozy tables fill the rest. We visited on re-opening night and were cheered to find a packed room of happy diners, feasting on Everett’s riff on French bistro classics: Coq au Vin, Daube de Boeuf, Steak Frites, Pan Seared Skate or choose from the imaginative burger menu. It’s decidedly less fancy and a lot more fun. Still to come? A fine dining room and outdoor roof deck on the second floor. Can’t wait.
Tags: French, Chester, Michael Bellesiles, Bistro, Fine Dining, Outdoor