New York, NY 10007
- Daily 7am-11pm
- All Major Credit Cards
- Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
- Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
- Full bar
- No Parking
Village Voice's Description
The name means "Facing South," and refers to the food of Provence, though the restaurant offers harebrained versions of dishes from all over France. A case in point is beef bourguignon, transfigured into a portion-controlled puck of meat, with a flavor that recalls barbecue sauce laced with liquid smoke. The fabled tart pissaladiere turns out to be a flatbread so dry, you"ll need every ounce of olive oil on the table to help it down your throat. Outfitted with comfortable circular banquettes, the dining room is especially pleasant at sunset. Chef Ed Cotton was a contestant on the seventh season of Top Chef, and if you disliked him on the show, Plein Sud just might be a pleasurable place to watch him blow a whole menu of Quickfires. For the rest of us, it"s a must to avoid.
Tips from foursquare
The menu focuses on French brasserie standards — charcuterie, croque monsieur and a steak au poivre with frites, for example — but also includes a few southern French dishes.
This French brasserie is the place to go to for creamy duck liver mousse, wild board saucission sec, and crispy frog legs - served with five versions of oven baked flatbread.
There’s a full bar and you ought to use it. Have the pasta with merguez, charge it to your room, then head out into the New York night.
While they wait for their liquor license you can enjoy a carafe of wine on the house (in the lobby).
If you're going to feast on classic French, no skipping dessert: a lemon soufflé or milk-chocolate pots du crème is enough to cure any New Yorker's culinary ennui.
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Reviews and News
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the food looks amazing but tastes terrible at Plein Sud. Sarah DiGregorio reports hits and misses... More on Plein Sud »
Ever been to a place where the food knocks your eyes out, but when you taste it—blech! Such was the case at Plein Sud, a new French restaurant at... More on Plein Sud »
Ed Cotton, formerly of BLT Market, will be the executive chef at Frederick Lesort's new Tribeca brasserie, Plein Sud, set to open next month. [NY... More on Plein Sud »
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