I started with their delicate gravlax (dry-cured salmon) served with confit of tomato and toast points ($); a slice of the Terrine Provencale ($12.50) with layers of smoked mozzarella, eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, red and yellow peppers, homemade pasta, baked garlic and fresh herbs on a bed of balsamic vinegar; and the sausage en croute accompanied a green lentil salad.
We selected some entrees from the day’s specials – tender, light Pike Quenelles Nantua ($24) that almost melted in my mouth, a Bouillabaisse made with cod, mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops ($26) and an exquisite Filet of Sole Meuniere ($24.50).
Although stuffed we were nudges into sampling some desserts and so glad we did. We sampled their apple tarte tatin ($9.50) and chocolate chip profiteroles with crème anglais ($9.50) and the ethereal clementine soufflé ($11.50) which alone is worth the trip. When I dined there this delicious souffle was a special on the NY restaurant week menu — it’s one that should become a regular menu addition. The refreshing citrus in the fragile egg structure was the perfect light ending to this meal.
Passover Seders 2011: The restaurant will host special Sepharidic Seders on the first and second nights of Passover, April 18 and 19, 2011 with seating at communal tables and services conducted by a Cantor with a reading of the Haggadah. Jacques Capsouto donates 100 percent of the $150 dinner fee to The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a Jewish worldwide charity organization helping people in need. Israeli wines will be served with the dairy and seafood meal. For more information or reservations, call 212.966.4900.
Capsouto Freres Bistro Restaurant
451 Washington St
New York City, NY 10013-1723