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Places & Faces

Buvette Gastrotheque: From NYC to Paris

A visit to West Village in New York City is not complete without a stop off at , a personal favourite for delightful French cuisine. Last year, chef and owner Jody Williams branched out with a Paris outpost that’s every bit as popular as the NYC original.

In French, the word buvette describes a laid-back place to eat or drink no matter the time of day. The design and menu of this hotspot embraces that definition in its entirety.

Yes there may be a lengthy wait, but trust me, it¹s worth it. Both bistros in Paris and NYC feature beautiful interiors with pressed-tin ceilings, exposed brick walls and marble lined bars with mismatched stools. The perfect homey spot for a warming French meal or coffee.

I’ve never met a New Yorker who doesn’t love Buvette and it’s much the same in Paris. Open pretty much around the clock, this cult bistro serves delicious food created in one of the tiniest kitchens I’ve ever noticed. Locals and tourists alike have embraced classic French iconography and comfort food.

In a surprisingly small space, every inch of the 100 square feet is used ingeniously. Tiny plates are stacked higher on marble shelves, orders are written directly on the door frame and espresso machines behind the bar steam up eggs for breakfast orders. Any space not employed for displays of decadent meals is decorated with cherished vintage pieces that Jody collects for the duration of her travels and from antique fairs.

Anthony

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