The noise level at Papillon Bistro & Bar was a tad too much for us, as we wanted to catch up. Think after-work pub filled with happy people. We opted for one of the streetside tables near the open windows where we cooled off a bit with the cold AC-air that floated out.

I began with their well-blended house-smoked old fashion made using Four Roses and cedar smoke that I’d recommend. My dining companion (Sandi Durell, Publisher/Editor of our theatre partner  tried their variation of a Moscow mule mad with Ravo vodka, pomegranate liqueur and ginger beer served classically in a copper mug.

As their guests that evening, we first requested the grilled skewered chicken served with a Thai peanut sauce ($14 for six pieces) to accompany our cocktails. I would have preferred that sauce sporting a bit more spiciness. Next, the crab cake ($16) with a frisée and cherry tomato salad with a whole-grain mustard sauce so good we almost licked the plate.

The braised short rib was fork tender ($31) accompanied by rosemary mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe and baby carrots. Their pan-searced striped sea bass came with sweet potato puree and broccoli.  We added an order of yummy lightly truffled fries sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. The Vietti Barbera d’Alba Tre Vigne (Piedmont, 2016, $54) with its bright acidity and soft tannins paired well with both entrees.

Since this was another of my gluttonous birthday celebrations, our dessert arrived with a huge festive birthday sparkler ($12)enjoyed with their classic Irish Coffee ($14).

I’d suggest a visit when in this hood for a friendly tasty meal.

Papillon Bistro & Bar
22 E 54th St
New York, NY 10022
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