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In the restaurant section of Le District sits Beaubourg. It is Battery Park’s second white tablecloth restaurant, coming three years after Danny Meyer’s North End Grill, and none too soon. There is tremendous demand for good affordable food in BPC.
Walking in, one is greeted by two levels of reservation desks (and soon to be a third when the chef table opens), both staffed with attractive hostesses. The bar area also has the properly designed tables and chairs that are elevated so that people are not staring at the butts of people in the bar standing (This is a problem at North End Grill).
Salad Beaubourg (mesclun, goat cheese from Vermont, smoked duck ham, walnut, herbs de provence dressing)
Chef chef de cuisine Nicolas Abello brought out several entrees. The Salmon en papillotte (steamed in a bag then prepared at the table) was a nice surprise.
Salmon en papillotte ( Julienne of steam vegetable, endives, confit tomatoes, fried leeks and cilantro)
The braised lamb stew was tender and savory. It should stay on the menu year round. To heck with convention that it is a cold season meal.
The desserts were very good. The ice cream inside the Chocolate Profiterole was made by the pastry chefs and just right. This is a good omen for the ice cream shop to open in the market soon.
For white tablecloth dining, the prices are reasonable. Most entrees were under $30, so two people can eat well for $120. This makes Beaubourg appropriate for the families of BPC too.
If you try out Beaubourg, ask for the COO of Le District, Laurent, and tell him you want special treatment because you are a BP.TV viewer.