New York, NY 10003
Village Voice's Description
The name of the restaurant, Le Midi, is the familiar term French people use to refer to the southernmost reaches of France. But Le Midi is not a Provencal restaurant--rather, it's a Parisian-style bistro that constructs its menu out of standards, plus a few regional fillips such as an actual French bistro might have. The onion soup is perhaps the best in town: a vast crouton oozing Gruyere, floating like the result of a shipwreck in a sea of dark oniony broth. Other preferred dishes include a half-chicken braised in Riesling and a frisee salad with huge lardoons, for you bacon lovers out there. One of the few actual Provencal offerings on the menu--a rabbit in a tomato-and-fennel sauce--is also well worth ordering. Decorated with abstract paintings, the premises housing Le Midi was once the loading dock for a Woolworth's, and the gray, poured-concrete interior has largely been retained, making every splash of color that appears on the plate a welcome diversion.
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Reviews and News
Tejal Rao took a break from professional eating this week, but our own Robert Sietsema kept at it by checking in at Le Midi Bistro. Located in a... More on Le Midi »
Onion Soup -- On the subject of this classic soup associated with Paris -- featuring a cheese-soaked crouton floating on top of a sweet dark broth ... More on Le Midi »
"I read on Grub Street that this restaurant was once a loading dock behind a Woolworth's on 14th Street," my companion observed, chewing on the... More on Le Midi »