Brasserie Les Halles

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Brasserie Les Halles – 411 Park Ave South, Murray Hill,
New York, NY, USA
Hamburger Rossini
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t bother
$20 USD

When mentioning Les Halles to most New York foodie folk, the first remark is usually “Isn’t that Bourdain’s restaurant?” Well, sort of. Previously the executive chef, Les Halles now call him their “Chef at Large” as he travels the world writing and filming his hit show “No Reservations”. Its story runs a little deeper than celebrity chefs though; the Brasserie pays homage to its roots in French cuisine, named after “Les Halles” the historic central wholesale marketplace in Paris. As well as providing Manhattanites with “American Beef, French Style” they serve simple and classic French dishes such as escargot, foie gras, steak tartare (prepared to order at table side) and their renowned pommes frites. The Park Avenue location even features a butcher shop that specialises in French cuts of meat. Hoping that with all this hype and “French Style” beef talk they’d have an awesome burger I ordered the Hamburger Rossini that came with char-grilled ground beef (made to order), a slice of house made fois gras terrine melted on top, dip of black truffle and red wine sauce, plus a side of pomme frites.

“I felt this thing was beef overkill. There were so many strong, gamey flavours going on that they all clashed making each bite so so heavy and filling. The large chunk of beef was cooked well, however I felt it was a little bit too big for the burger. The fois gras and truffle oil were just so unnecessary; it was like they wanted to sound French and extra fancy in an attempt to try and impress the local Americans who were looking for a bit of culture. Having said all this, the chips (pommes frites) were absolutely amazing! Had this burger been in any other city, I’m sure it would of rated higher. But when you’re in a place like New York City and you’re exposed to a myriad of awesome burger options, some even at a quarter of the price, I’d say you’re better off skipping it.” ”
Les Halles Park Avenue on Urbanspoon


your fault going to a fine dining place… go to a diner.

Adam ( October 19, 2011 at 15:38 )

Adam it’s a ‘BISTRO’… but the French don’t do burger’s well in the American sense… their Cote de Boef there was AWESOME though…

cnut ( October 19, 2011 at 19:39 )

Bistro then… go to a Diner and eat American in America… nothing better!

Adam ( October 20, 2011 at 17:36 )

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