Restaurant Review: Antibes Bistro NYC

25 Jul

Popped into Antibes Bistro this past weekend on a tip from TimeOut as an alternative to some of the more highly trafficked brunch spots in the area. As someone who appreciates a good brunch and better yet, Sud de France cuisine, I was immediately intrigued by Antibes after reading the synopsis and checking out the menu online, and decided to give it a try.
On the Lower East Side, it’s located on Suffolk, minutes from the Delancy or 2nd Ave subway stops. On this particular visit, we arrived at the restaurant toward the tail end of brunch (service is till 4PM), so we’d missed the brunch rush—which was great–as it afforded us time to have a leisurely meal and a pleasurable chat with our waiter. We’d reserved a table though as it wasn’t busy we opted to sit at the bar which worked out just fine.
As one would imagine, the menu is heavily inspired by cuisine from southeastern France and is the brainchild of Executive Chef David Shemesh who’s purported to have studied under some of the very best of our time. We started with the classic, ‘Tartine and Confiture’ ($4), – a toasted French baguette with homemade jam and butter, a great way to kick off our meal. Then on advice of the very helpful and incredibly friendly bartender/waiter, Amir, we moved on to the ‘Antibes Eggs’ ($10): a potato pancake with smoked salmon, poached eggs and mixed greens, as our Mains. It was very delicious and perhaps one of the best I’ve had in the city. The portion’s a little on the smaller side (though I understand they’re toying with the idea of increasing it a little). You may need a starter (as we’d ordered–or an additional side) if you’re on the hungrier side. It is certainly a must try though. To cap things off, again, recommended by Amir, we gave the ‘sweet potato ice cream’ a try. It gets high marks for uniqueness, plus it was pretty tasty, too.
Overall we had a very pleasant time at Antibes Bistro and left thoroughly satisfied. We’ll certainly return to try some of the other menu items like, amongst others, the ‘Omelet du Antibes’ and ‘Brioche French Toast’ with fresh fruit and ginger syrup. Dinner is also on the agenda as well – Antibes hosts live jazz every Tuesday and Wednesday nights featuring local artists

112 Suffolk St
(between Delancey St & Rivington St)
New York, NY
www.antibesbistro.com

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