Located in TriBeCa, The Odeon is a French restaurant. I am not sure I would call it a brasserie, although the decor reminds me of one (besides the low light at dinner time), and the small brasserie menu they offer (I did not see the usual escargots or steak frites though, but they had the confit de canard or duck confit, as well as the soupe à l'oignon or French onion soup that I chose to start with.
It was delicious, flavorful, with lots of croutons inside and a nice cheese crust.
For her entrée, Jodi went for the classic Croque Monsieur.
Made with Pullman white bread, it was stuffed with black Forrest ham, prosciutto di Parma and Gruyere (also on top, in a Béchamel sauce). This was a delicious Croque Monsieur: it was perfectly made, not dry, with lots of cheese.
On my side, I went for the moules frites.
What struck me when it came was the size of the mussels: they were big and definitely fresh. The sauce, made with confit tomato and leeks in a saffron cream was fantastic. I even ate some of it with a spoon, like a soup, or with some of the bread they brought at the beginning of the meal.
I should also mention the delicious fries that were like I love them: crispy on the outside and cooked all the way through inside.
For dessert, we got the warm doughnuts, served with a raspberry jam and maple syrup.
I admit that I was looking forward to it, but was disappointed as the doughnuts were a bit tough on the outside and tasteless.
This was a nice dinner and the food was delicious. Would I go back? Certainly! I already eyed some dishes such as the beef tartare, the duck confit and the chocolate pudding. I would not mind going for brunch also, where the noise level might be lower.
Enjoy (I did)!
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