Such a terrific little French-Alsatian bistro that has opened up literally right across the street from where we live!
Oui! Oui! Bonjour!
I was quite surprised to see something this different and European open up right behind a part of 2nd Ave that is still engulfed in the nightmare subway construction that never seems to end in this part of town. There was a pretty decent pizza shop that was in this space for the past few years when it suddenly closed down. Within a short amount of time La Tarte Flambee opened up shop and has been a nice success story.
And why not – the unique food here is Tres Magnifique!
This cozy and quaint new spot serves up specialties derived from the Alsace region of France. Namely, Alsatian flatbreads called Tarte Flambee! These thin crispy flatbreads are covered in a choice of toppings and there are about nine options. The Traditionnelle is topped with creme fraiche, caremelized onions, and crispy bits of bacon. The Alsacienne is topped with creme fraiche, caremelized onions, crispy bits of bacon, and munster cheese. We ordered each. Both were heavenly delights and meant to share. Light as air with a slight salty crispiness. Definitely a light meal option that won’t leave you stuffed with a food baby, and will leave more than enough room for dessert. Of course, we had to try a few!
The two we chose? The Calva – creme fraiche, sliced apples, and cinnamon flambeed in Cavados brandy. Fire! Fire! Heh-Heh-Heh. They light it on fire as it’s being served. The Banana Split – creme fraiche, bananas, homemade chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. Both are prepared on the crispy flatbreads, and both were a light tasty treat. Again, not the type of choices that would be rich and heavy like a traditional dessert, but satisfyting nonetheless.
Most of the Tarte Flambee and dessert choices are in the $10 range. The menu has other dinner and brunch options too, and also has a few all-you-can-eat flambee combo specials.There is also a small but eclectic beer list with Kronenbourg, Lagunitas IPA, and Ommegang on tap for $6 a pint. Bottles include Kwak, Duvel, and Delerium Tremens. You can even order a beer tower here and get a free flambee with it! This petit piece of French gastronomica packs a lot into it’s tiny punch!
I felt like I was transported to a small cafe on the French countryside. Our waitress and waiter both spoke French and were very friendly. They were more than patient and explained everything to us. The decor was warm and welcoming, and you almost feel as if you are eating in their dining room. On the way out we were told that we must come back to try the streak frites and pot pie with salmon in it! You bet we will!
La Tarte Flambee http://www.latarteflambee.com/
34 thoughts on “Oui! Oui! Bonjour! Keep Calm and Eat a Flammy in NYC!”
This place looks so magical… What a fun date night spot. And reasonable prices! Yummy looking pastries. Qui Qui
You have a good eye for this stuff… Go get you and your Mrs. Some free dinner!
It’s a great little spot. Cozy and the food is good. Plus, it’s almost across the street from me so I can roll home after feasting!
Not big on French food. It always seems so rich, but that place looks and sounds good. If I ever get back to NYC, I might have to give it a shot
I hear ya, but this is the type of food that is not overly rich, which means you can eat a lot of it!
This place looks lovely, as do the Flambee’s. I bet the additional choice dishes will be quite pleasing as well.
It’s a neat little bistro! Great food and nice people that own it.
Flambee sounds like such a fun treat for a change. And to have a place like that right across the street? They’d get to know me pretty quickly!
The food here is really good, and different. Having it so close to me is dangerous!
Looks tasty good!
Tasty and finger licking good! Oui Oui!
OMGosh.. caramelized onion, bacon bits, AND cheese?! I’m in heaven! The desert options sound freakin’ awesome too! Will have to check them out next time I’m in NYC!
Delish entrees and desserts! They even do brunch too which I need to check out.
French at reasonable prices? Oui. oui.
It is Tres Magnifique! Tasty and affordable with specials too including an all you can eat option. Oh my!
I’m part Alsatian but you just taught me the only thing I know about my heritage. My people enjoy flatbreads au flambee.
If ever up in my neck of the woods check this place out. Cozy spot and good food at affordable prices. You crazy French people!
This brings back great memories for me, I spent a year living in Strasbourg as a student – and am ashamed to say (it didn’t do great things for our waistlines!) we pretty much ate tarte flambee every night.
Lucky you! Damn the calories and feed me the tarte flambee!
Sacre bleu! Or something like that.
LOL! Those damn French make everything taste so good, and help make my waist line larger!
Also not wild about French food but the ambiance looks amazing.
It’s such a nice cozy local spot, and the food here is not the overly rich kind of French we know.
This looks like one fantastic place and a spot I’d love to visit next time I am in NYC. Fun writeup and it sounds like an affordable place!
It’s a great little local bistro that I am happy to have close to home!
That looks so good! Any place that has something with bacon and cheese on it has to rate high in my household 🙂 Sounds like a great place!
It sure it! Bacon, cheese, dessert. A perfect meal!
Oui! Oui! for me!
Again, get the futon ready!
I’m wearing my stretchy pants!
After eating with me you might have to invest in a lot of sweatpants!
It looks good. Bon Appetite
Delish food and it’s so close I can stumble back home in a food coma!
What a cool place to go… I’ve never heard of a place like it.
It’s one of those great local gems!
OOO- la- la, Monsieur Phil! How did I miss this post? And right across the street from you? Magnifique!
I knew you would approve of this one! We are going there for dinner this week. OOO-la-la! So delish!