Cherche Midi

This less than a month old restaurant on the corner of Bowery and Houston has already generated a lot of buzz.  

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The interior of the restaurant totally reminds me of Balthazar, another one of McNally's restaurant. 

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This Prime Rib Burger, already being compared to the Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern, was the reason for our visit.  It did not disappoint!  The burger was super juicy and flavorful!  The combination of high quality prime rib, bacon marmalade mixed with chopped mushroom, and gruyere cheese was delish!  As an added bonus, the juicy drippings from the burger nicely flavored my plate of fries.  

 PRIME RIB BURGER WITH BACON MARMALADE, ROASTED MUSHROOMS, AGED GRUYERE CHEESE AND POMMES FRITES

PRIME RIB BURGER WITH BACON MARMALADE, ROASTED MUSHROOMS, AGED GRUYERE CHEESE AND POMMES FRITES

The cheese selection looked quite good, but we wanted something sweet.

The Raspberry Soufflé was amazing!  Super light and fluffy. I really liked the slightly hardened shell, which tasted a bit like caramelized sugar. The creme anglaise that was poured into the soufflé helped cut down the tartness of the raspberry.  I almost ordered the chocolate soufflé as well, but I exercised some much needed self-restraint. 

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There were several items on the menu that I would like to come back and try, the Lobster Ravioli being one of them. 

Verdict: AA. This place reminds me a lot of Balthazar. Comfortable setting, good bistro classics, and attentive service, without the madness of Balthazar. Adding this to my list of go-to French bistros in the city. 

Cherche Midi
282 Bowery (@Houston St.)
http://www.cherchemidiny.com