Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

 Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Meaning everything is fine in French, Tout Va Bien is a family restaurant that has been serving a classic French bistro menu since 1948. It is a small place with a decor quite cluttered iwith so many French artifacts all over, from photos to littles statues, to soccer club flags, as well as the French songs playing in the background (Charles Aznavour when I went there), creating definitely a certain atmosphere close to what you would find in some restaurants in France. Of course, you cannot miss the bust of Elvis Presley who was an icon of Rock'n Roll in France from what I remember when I was a child. 

 Dining room at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Dining room at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

 Decor at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Decor at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Menu wise, they really have all the classics: escargots, foie gras, soupe à l'oignon, coq au vin, etc...as well as crab cakes that day as a special (they have few daily specials presented on a chalk board). 

 Daily specials at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Daily specials at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

 Soupe å l'oignon at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Soupe å l'oignon at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

 Crab cake at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Crab cake at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

For appetizer, I decided to order the escargots. I could have ordered 12, but, as you know, I am a pretty reasonable guy, so I only went for 6. 

 Escargots at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Escargots at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

They came pipping hot, still sizzling, with a delicious buttery smell emanating from the dish. I loved it: simply made (butter, garlic and parsley), the sauce was very addictive and I kept dipping my bread in the butter. I wondered at that point if one should not just serve butter with garlic and parsley, without the escargots, as an appetizer. 

 Bread at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Bread at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

For my main entrée, I hesitated between the veal liver and the veal kidney. I went for the later that was served with mashed potatoes and haricots verts. For the sauce, I had the choice between vin blanc (white wine), Bordelaise or moutarde (mustard). I chose mustard and definitely did not regret it. I should mention that they were generous with the amount of sauce on the plate and I was close to dipping my bread in it when I remembered that I also wanted dessert...

 Veal kidneys å la moutarde at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Veal kidneys å la moutarde at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

This was a fantastic dish: the kidneys were perfectly cooked medium rare, with a pink center, and perfectly cleared, so not tough at all. And that sauce was deliciously creamy. This is definitely a dish I would recommend and I am curious how the other sauces are.

Know that if you are not really fans of the creepy meats, you can try their filet mignon that looks appetizing or their fish dishes (below a red snapper provençal that was a fail special).

 Filet mignon at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Filet mignon at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

 Red snapper provençal at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Red snapper provençal at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

I paired my meal with a glass of Bordeaux, but, of course, they have other selection, not all French (Malbec for instance).

 Glass of Bordeaux at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Glass of Bordeaux at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

For dessert, I went for the poire belle Helene, made with canned slices of pears, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. They have kind of similar dessert with peaches (peche melba).

 Poire belle Helene at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Poire belle Helene at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

 Peche melba at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Peche melba at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Good dessert, but I admit that I would have been even more pleased if they had an ile flottante or floating island, or even a tarte tatin that is one of my favorite desserts. Otherwise, they have the classics: creme brûlée, chocolate mousse...It was perfect with a double espresso.

 Double espresso at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

Double espresso at Tout Va Bien, French Restaurant in NYC, New York

So I was really pleased with my meal at Tout Va Bien: the food was really good and the atmosphere enjoyable, with a nice service. I would definitely go back there an this time get that veal liver!

Enjoy (I did)!

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