Wild yogi bears are the greatest threat to meal excursions. Ensure the safety of your feast with the protective force field of today's deal: for $35, you get $75 worth of French cuisine and drinks at PicNic Market & Cafe Bistro D'Alsace on the Upper West Side. The cozy neighborhood bistro combines seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with classic French fare to create dishes that excite taste buds and nasalize vowels.
Chef and owner Jean Luc Kieffer has built a menu that draws upon the traditional while adding a twist, spin, and triple salchow. For dinner, starters include calamari with chorizo, tomato, and cilantro ($11), Alsatian tarte flambé ($13), and organic poached egg with prosciutto and frisee in a green sauce ($14). Entrees are $15–$26 and include options such as the grass-fed beef burger on a homemade brioche bun ($15), coq au vin with mushrooms, bacon and mashed potatoes ($24), and the vegetarian-friendly cheese soufflé with comté and gruyere ($22). Because of the seasonality of the cuisine, the lineup can deviate a bit depending on time of year. For lunch or brunch, diners can feast upon smaller bites such as a beer-battered fish sandwich ($13), goat-cheese salad with roasted beets ($13), or specialty quiche and salad ($12).
The intimate ambience inside the restaurant makes this a powerful pick for an impactful date night. Surprise a special someone with a dinner date disguised as a vacation to France, which is way better than an actual trip. When the sun quits lazily hibernating, there's even a quaint outdoor seating space that further transports patrons to a sidewalk cafe in Alsace.
Plate of the Day praises PicNic Market & Cafe, saying:
- The fries are fried to a golden and thick crunchy crust – a rare treat considering how soggy fries can be. The Spinach Frittata is also a great choice for brunch – a great blend of potatoes, eggs and spinach. Not too dry and cooked just right.
- Ingredients are fresh and dishes are expertly prepared. While the restaurant is small, the ambience is very nice, and the service is always friendly. – uwslaura, Citysearch
- Fresh ingredients with a light touch. – DavidM3490, Zagat
- Wait staff is knowledgeable and personable and not stuffy. – KennethT388976, Zagat