Provence meets North Africa in the West Village

By Jasmine Moy

There is no lovelier place in Manhattan on a sunny summer afternoon than Claudette. The whitewashed room, all pressed tin ceiling and white rattan chairs, is broken up with bursts of color—cerulean blue hints on white tiles, the lush green of palm fronds in white vases—leaving a space that feels both Provençal and tropical. 1920’s jazz plays in the background while French doors overlook the sidewalk café.

But while the musical backdrop may linger in a bygone era, the menu forges ahead with the contemporary flavors of modern Provence with North African accents. Such accents come into play in the BBE exclusive prix fixe lunch—the Corsican mint salad with arugula in a light vinaigrette with green beans and sprinkled with quinoa is light but with just enough texture and bite to stay interesting. The presence of harissa in the charred baby octopus, bathed in a smoky broth over eggplant and chickpeas, recalls sultry Morocco. Still in the African vein, there are prawns en papillote, steamed in a parchment envelope with slick couscous grains, soft whole almonds, raisins, and za’atar.

Dessert arrives: a silky, orange blossom–scented crème brûlée with the most delicate lace tuile cookie standing at attention through the middle. Just as the crème brûlée is somehow both light and decadent, so is Claudette itself. Bright and crisp while still luxurious and refined.

Exclusive 3-course lunch ($32 per person)

hors d'oeuvres (choose one)
Tabouleh—cherry tomato, pickled cucumber, scallion, mint, and parsley
Corsican mint salad—arugula, hearts of palm, onions, green beans, and quinoa
Charred baby octopus—chickpeas, eggplant, sweet peppers, harissa, and parsley

entrée (choose one)
Spring cavatelli—house-made pasta, puréed fava beans, crème fraîche, mint, onions, and garlic
Vegetable gyro—flatbread, avocado, cucumber, green beans, bulgur, spiced yoghurt, and lime
Lamb burger—guanciale, pickled onion, Gruyère, house-made brioche, coriander mayo, and frites
Crevette en papillote—prawns, couscous, almonds, raisins, and z’atar

dessert (choose one)
Cookie plate (daily assortment)
Harissa chocolate tart with salted honey cream
Orange blossom crème brûlée with citrus lace tuile

Citi Table Extra Perk: complimentary glass of Prosecco or Rosé


Dinner: 5:30–11PM daily
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30 AM–3 PM
Brunch: Sat–Sun 10:30 AM–3 PM

price range

$8 (charred snap peas) to $23 (crevette en papillote)