Bagatelle New York

Raise a toast to your French getaway in the Meatpacking District

By Zoe Bullock

As soon as you set foot inside this high-profile French destination in the Meatpacking District, you’re filled with a palpable combination of relaxation and exhilaration. Under sparkling chandeliers, your eyes are treated to a sea of white: cozy white banquettes and booths, crisp white tablecloths, white-aproned waiters, and a white bar covered in Balthazars, Salmanazars, Methuselahs, and Jeroboams. Art on the walls radiates a Saint-Tropez luxe street art vibe, while a warm breeze blows in through the open terrace—past the palm trees and the party crowd—to your table, completing the Riviera-meets-West Indies scene.

While the white décor ties together the restaurant’s visual sensibility, Chef Nicolas Frézal’s menu leads with a series of can’t-go-wrong dishes united by their debt to truffle. There’s the house-made gnocchi, with black truffle pesto filling and truffle sauce, the whole-roasted truffled chicken for two, and for a side, the truffled potato purée. A more beach-tinged meal can be had with the likes of tuna tartare, pan-seared wild salmon, and Maine diver scallops with sautéed quinoa, English peas, and Parmesan-saffron sauce.
Expressive hashtags on the dessert menu convey the kitchen’s certainty that the end of your meal promises even more in the way of indulgence; the pavlova, with strawberry marmalade and vanilla Chantilly, comes with a caution about a risk of addiction, while the dark chocolate mouse with chocolate biscuit and toasted pecans is, as the menu assures, to die for. There’s also a straight classic crème brulée with salted chocolate cookies, as well as a twist on an old classic in the form of the yuzu–white chocolate tart, which brings the best of French pastry and Japanese flavor together on one perfect plate.

Bagatelle’s Francophone staff guides you through your evening, whether you’re after a recommendation from the impressive wine list, or mojitos and rosé sangria from the bar. As the night goes on, the scene gets even more lively, while the restaurant maintains its effortlessly chic vibe. Soak up every last ounce of your urban staycation in virtual Saint-Tropez or St. Barth’s—take your pick.


Mon 11:30 AM–midnight; Tue–Fri 11:30 AM-1 AM; Sat 11:30 AM–6 PM, 7:30 PM–midnight; Sun 11:30 AM–5:30 PM, 6:30 PM–10 PM

price range

$36 (cabillaud sauvage vapeur) to $130 (cote de boeuf)