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Friday, December 13, 2013

AOC - L'Aile Ou la Cuisse in NYC, New York

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AOC means L'Aile Ou la Cuisse in French (the wing or thigh) and does not refer at all to the French wine certification (Appellation d'Origine Controllee). It has been a while since I wanted to try this restaurant, probably because I realized that I do not go that often to French restaurants...
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So we decided to go there before seeing a documentary downtown. When we arrived, they sat us in the back, in what I consider a large room, with a bar and a TV screen showing some European soccer. You may think it is an insignificant detail, but you will understand at the end of this post why it is not!

So the place has two dining rooms, one in the back and one in the front, plus a garden that must be nice during warmer days.
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The Chef crafted a menu that is for the most part French, with classics such as poulet roti (roasted chicken), croque Monsieur or salade Niçoise. 
image of coca cola at AOC - L'Aile Ou la Cuisse in NYC, New York

We ordered our food and it took forever to come, the staff more interested by the soccer game than taking care of us. The bread basket took also forever to come and I noticed that some of the bread was slightly burnt.
image of baguette bread at AOC - L'Aile Ou la Cuisse in NYC, New York

I am always suspicious with warm baguette, because we use to heat it when it was stale to make it better.

So, after waiting for quite some time, our food comes. Jodi ordered the croque Monsieur:
image of croque monsieur at AOC - L'Aile Ou la Cuisse in NYC, New York

It started well as it has lots of cheese and a nice amount of ham. It was good, but barely warm, making us think that it sat there.

On my side, I ordered the merguez sandwich:
image of merguez sandwich at AOC - L'Aile Ou la Cuisse in NYC, New York

I ordered it with fries (similar to Jodi, I had the choice between fries and salad, Jodi opting for the healthiest)...The fries were good: crispy but soft inside. The sandwich was good too: it had merguez (lamb sausage) and peppers in it, and had a nice kick. 
image of merguez sandwich at AOC - L'Aile Ou la Cuisse in NYC, New York

But one of the sides was burnt! 
image of merguez sandwich at AOC - L'Aile Ou la Cuisse in NYC, New York

I mentioned it to the waitress who laughed and apologized, but still laughing at the same time. She then went to one of the managers and simply asked for the check. When he came to us, I explained to him what happened and he seemed fairly upset. I told him that we were on a time schedule (especially considering the time the food came) and there was no way I could have asked for the food to be remade. As a nice gesture, he removed the sandwich from the bill and apologized again. 

We left with mixed feelings about that place: their menu looked appetizing, but the execution and service was not good. Hopefully they will improve...

Enjoy (...)!

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