Talk about an idyllic West Village restaurant. Tartine is a quaint little French café that's so female friendly they might as well have a puppy named Gosling out in front that fetches gossip magazines. This is what little girls in the Midwest picture in their mind when they dream about moving to the big city to do fabulous things and eat brunch. It's a shame that they'll all just end up spending most nights at Catch. But dare to dream anyway, right?
People who know and love Tartine tend to fall into three categories: girls, people who live nearby, and people who go to BYOB restaurants. So yeah, girls. The place has all of about fifteen seats, and has been in the neighborhood for two decades, sitting quietly on one of the best corners in the West Village. Brunch is their most popular meal - to the point that people line up down the street waiting for a table on most fair weather weekends - but dinner is perpetually crowded too. We've always found the food at Tartine to be consistently solid, and even though it's never quite awe-inspiring, the aesthetic appeal and the value make this a good place to know if you're in the neighborhood, or just looking to eat well without mortgaging your future. Yes, it's Perfect For the ladies, but Tartine is also Perfect For anyone who wants to have a nice dinner with their favorite bottle of Yellowtail from the cellar (the fridge). We're partial to the '11 Shiraz. That was quite a year.
Food RundownEggs Norvegienne
A staple from the brunch menu that's basically eggs benedict with gravlax instead of Canadian bacon. It's tasty.Omelette
As you would hope, Tartine does a better than respectable omelette, for which you can customize your fixins. Just like at your favorite Marriott omelette bar!Croque-Monsieur
This is our move at Tartine for brunch, just because we like to feel real fat and gross on Sunday afternoons. They use a home made brioche for this ham and cheese heart-stopper, and it's delicious.Apple Pancake
This huge apple pancake is like a plate-sized donut with powdered sugar and probably lard. Ok probably not lard, but this thing can't be good for you.French Onion Soup
One of the best around. We love this, especially when it's cold out.Curried Mussels
The mussels at Tartine come two ways, but to order anything but curry mussels is a huge mistake. These guys swim in a broth of Indian curry, coconut milk, garlic, and cilantro. Fries are included, which makes this a must order.Spicy Chicken
Pretty sure the French didn't invent guacamole, but this spicy chicken is served with some and it's really good. Chances are high that you're gonna see this on the table next to you, which will most likely be exactly two inches away. It's a fan favorite.Bouchee a la Reine
Think chicken pot pie. This is another one of the better items from the dinner menu, and it's basically chicken in a puff pastry with some mushrooms and other good stuff. You won't be bummed about it.Skate
On our last visit, we had an excellent skate from the specials menu, served with some root vegetables. It was pretty slammin', and we'd order it again if we see it.