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Buvette New York, NY

WRITTEN BY JAIMEE ROSE  *    PHOTOS BY MELINA HAMMER

Look for the bicycle out front and hope for an empty chair. There are just 50 seats at Chef Jody Williams’ gastrotheque Buvette, which serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks, and on any given New York moment, the people tucked into those seats are fortunate, indeed.

Williams opened this French-themed treasure on the West Village’s sweet Grove Street because she wanted to do a Tarte Tatin, she said. And what a Tarte Tatin it is: hefty chunks of lacquered apple, with a pile of creme fraiche making its way into all the nooks and tunnels beneath. As usual, when pretending to be in France, we like to start with dessert.

Breakfast at Buvette means shattering croissants, crepes with Nutella, or eggs steamed with prosciutto. Also, the best chocolat chaud we’ve had since Paris. For lunch, there is house-made charcuterie with French cheese, or croque monsieur, croque madame, and even croque with mushrooms. Dinner means savory rabbit pot pie topped with puff pastry, pissaladiere, cassoulet or even coq au vin.

Which brings us back to dessert. Jody Williams serves Nutella on spoons. This is a chef who understands.

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PHOTO: Melina Hammer
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PHOTO: Melina Hammer

Indeed

Buvette Chef Jody Williams grew up with Julia Child’s cookbooks on her parents’ shelves, and in Mrs. Child’s honor, we offer you her wise advice: “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

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PHOTO: Melina Hammer
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PHOTO: Melina Hammer

Nearby

While in the West Village, don’t miss a stop at Annelore for charming dresses you won’t see everywhere else. And stop by The Standard for a drink and perhaps a homemade pretzel in the biergarten. We also love the photo booth in the basement.

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PHOTO: Melina Hammer

For the Love of France…


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Love the French flair at Buvette? We do, too. And we also think you’ll love a visit to these shops around the country that share our Francophile leanings:

1) Vintageweave Interiors, 7928 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA, 323 932 0451.
2) Alameda Point Antiques Fair, 2900 Navy Way, Alameda, CA, 510 522 7500.
3) Lucy’s Market102 W. Paces Ferry Road, Suite 102-F, Atlanta, GA, 404 869 9222.
4) Vintage Home and Garden9415 Coppertop Lopp, #102, Bainbridge Island, WA, 206 780 1778.

 

 


New York, NY

212 255 3590

Buvette is passionate about serving French dishes, wine and spirits, using the best local and seasonal products available with a slow food commitment. Go for morning coffee, lunch, dinner, or to pick up a picnic. 

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