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/