The Sidewalk Bistro, the new cafe from partners Daout Celestin and Alain Eigenmann â€” the former maitre d’ of Xaviars at Piermont and chef at Provence in Manhattan, respectively â€” opened on Saturday. Over the first three days they served than 500 people per day. So when I asked Alain what he would consider his signature dish, he immediately said the shrimp brochette. After all, he said, it’s what people are ordering most.
I got there about 630 last night, and the place was just starting to draw diners:
There is a bar room when you enter:
And a little nook with tables to your right:
On the other side of the bar, through a small service hallway, is the other dining room:
Out back is the patio:
With its own bar:
Yes, there are tons of sidewalk tables, but for some reason my photo came out very blurry.
There are beautiful riddling racks that are back lit:
And French posters on the light mustard walls:
Here are Alain and Daout:
Alain, on the left, and Daout have know each other for 22 years. They met while working at Raoulâ€™s in Nyack and were best men in each otherâ€™s weddings. Alain also cooked for Claude Bail at the Ho Ho Kus Inn in New Jersey before opening his own place, Alainâ€™s Bistro in Norwood, N.J. He was the chef at Gascogne in Manhattan before becoming the chef at Provence in Manhattan, where he was between 2003 and 2006.
Daout had been working for Peter X. Kelly at Xaviars at Piermont for 18 years before this. He was the maitre d’.
I wasn’t staying for dinner, but Alain let me hang out in the kitchen a while so I could get some photos of dishes so you all could see. I only tasted one thing (the pizzette, that’s at the end), so I can’t give you any feel for the flavor of the other dishes. But I think you’ll get a nice feel for the style of food they’re serving.
The hardworking line:
Tartar de boeuf ($17):
Raw beef, condiments, quail egg:
Chevre Chau ($10)
Warm goat cheese on toast with mixed greens and herbs:
Napoleon de tomates ($9)
Tomato and fresh mozzarella, fresh basil:
Mixed greens, pear tomato, Dijon vinaigrette:
Nu et Cru ($8)
Salmon carpaccio, citrus and passion fruit oils, avocado puree:
Brandade de morue ($10)
Puree of salted cod fish and potato:
Cassoulette d’Escargos ($9)
Escargots, garlic butter:
Endive et Roquefort ($9)
Endive, pear, blue cheese and walnut dressing:
Fresh Ravioli ($16)
Porcini mushrooms, creamy pesto sauce:
Moule Marinere ($8)
Mussels, white wine, garlic, parsley:
Poulet Grille ($16)
Marinated chicken breast, field greens, haricot verts, asparagus, figs, apple, balsamic vinaigrette:
Beignet de crabe ($12)
Crab cake, fennel slaw, parsley:
Bistro burger ($10)
Kobe beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, French fries:
Brochette Provencale ($22)
Shrimp, scallops, polenta, grilled asparagus and fennel pollen:
L’entrecote Pan Seared ($25)
Au poivre sauce, French fries:
Carre d’Agneau aux Romarin ($26)
Roasted rack of lamb, tomato tatin, panisse, haricot verts:
Panisse are fried chick pea sticks.
Fruits rouges a la creme ($8)
Mixed berries with whipped cream:
The pastry chef is Jacqueline Burns. Andre Renard, a famous French pastry chef, consulted.
And the only thing I tasted all evening, the pizzette. This one is the Alsacien ($12), with meunster, cheese, onions and bacon:
It was crispy, pork and cheesy. Very delicious. (Alain is from Alsace, and says we can expect to see things like choucroute on his winter menu.)
The kitchen staff works the line:
As I was leaving the place really started to fill up:
Sidewalk Bistro, 482 Piermont Ave., Piermont. 845-680-6460.