When you walk into a French bistro, you know what you’ve signed up for. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, the menu will have some version of moules, steak, frites served wherever there is a void, a bistro burger, some sort of duck dish and escargot. If that doesn’t excite your particular mood, a French bistro is not in the cards for you tonight. If everything I just described is exactly what you’re hankering for, I highly recommend that you make your way to La Gamelle.
Growing up on the Upper East Side of this wonderful city, I’ve certainly seen my very fair share of stodgy French Bistros. Open for a full year now, with its white walls, wood panel detailing, long wooden bar with metal tin top, spherical hanging lights, white tiled floors and white butcher paper with their insignia stamped on them lining their tables, La Gamelle is a great homage to the old world classics while having a trendier vibe and crowd. Hosting parties at the drop of a hat for almost any reason (ahem, Prince’s birthday) they definitely keep up with the fun standards of the neighborhood.
Get the garlic, parsley and butter drenched escargot; the sparkling rosé; the oysters (look at how much I enjoyed them!); the clams and the curry mussels everything else is icing on the cake, nay chocolate in the croissant.