by Julie Besonen, 11/20/2012
Tarte flambé. Photo: Anne Senstead
359 Bleecker St., 212-929-8727, West Village, Manhattan
August radiates romance on Bleecker Street. The dining room is tiny, and at the end of the bar is a wood-burning oven ready to add a lick of smoke to tarte flambé (with bacon, onions and créme fraîche) at night and eggs en cocotte at brunch. The executive chef is Josh Eden, who has worked with Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud. He's stayed true to the same Pan-European orthodoxy the restaurant has espoused since it opened in 2004. Paprika-butter-poached cod, grilled pork chop with cherries and black garlic and warm chocolate cake with vanilla gelato are as wonderful as they sound. The enclosed garden patio, garlanded with vines and flowers, is open all year long. Reservations aren't accepted, but this is a place where it's worth a gamble.