The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the U.S., was in fact a Trojan horse, designed to loose Parisian chefs on an unsuspecting populace. See how these 19th-century chefs' delicious doings live on with today's Groupon. For $20, you get $40 worth of food and drink at Café du Soleil, located in the Upper West Side.
Café du Soleil brings to mind and mouth the appetizing ambience of a French bistro, without the stumping mathematical riddles of the real thing. Leave graphing calculators at home, and instead key in to the authentic French flavors of Café du Soleil's dinner menu, the tastechild of Chef Matthew Tivy. The mussels main course ($19.95), served with garlic french fries, bathes farm-raised Newfoundland steamed mussels in your choice of white wine and shallots, fresh tomato sauce with garlic and basil, or Thai curry coconut broth, while a dozen escargots ($16.95), baked in a classic garlic herb butter sauce, showcase a savory use for snails other than as horses in beetle chariot races. Opt for the organic awesomeness of a salmon filet covered in dijon mustard sauce with cauliflower potato puree and braised leaks ($23.95), or tongue-lasso in the free-range, red-wine-braised chicken of the coq au vin ($21.95), with mushrooms and pearl onions. Café du Soleil's desserts dig deep into France's dominating bullpen of pastries and puddings, with the cocoa vin ($8.95), a warm flourless chocolate cake with an orange wine sauce and toasted hazelnuts, emerging as the reliable closer.
With wide windows letting in the shine of the soleil, white tablecloths lending a pristine elegance, and rectangular mirrors lining the cream-colored walls, Café du Soleil transports diners to the romantically conflicted cobblestone streets of Hemingway's Paris. Soak in the summertime weather with a meal on the café's outdoor terrace, or shadow a walking bassline at Café du Soleil's live jazz performances on Saturday nights. Obtenez votre Groupon et visitez le Café du Soleil pour la cuisine française délicieuse je vous remercie de me traduire.
Calling ahead for reservations is encouraged.
Several reviewers mention a crowded atmosphere, but most maintain that the food is worth it. Eighty-one percent of Urbanspooners like it, Yelpers and Citysearchers give three stars, OpenTable users give 3.8, and TripAdvisors give four owl eyes:
- The wine list is good and everything I've had on the menu is great… – tiffany_o, Citysearch
- My mussels were outstanding and my husband's Mahi Mahi was also excellent. – OpenTable user who dined on 04/01/2010
- Cafe Soleil is very French and absolutely amazing. The Escargot, the Mussels, and wow the Garlic Fries are all absolutely incredible. Practically worth a trip to New York themselves. – TravSSanDiego, TripAdvisor
Upper West Side
New York, New York 10025Get Directions