Dinner at Tout Va Bien in Midtown

 Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

I recently went back at Tout Va Bien, a French restaurant Midtown with an interesting kind of overdone decor and a nice atmosphere filled with French music. Not the best French restaurant in town, but it serves a pretty decent food with prices that are not outrageous. Tout Va Bien has been feeding the New York crowd since 1948, a longevity that cannot be ignored for sure. 

 Terrace at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Terrace at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

 Dining room at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Dining room at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

The first time I went there, I went all classic with the snails and the veal kidney, both being sublime. This time, I stuck to classics, but decided, although very tempted by these dishes, to go for different ones. Here is what I had:

First, I should mention the veggie plate that they brought to the table. I thought it was to replace the bread: not at all as a bread basket came right before the dishes were served. I admit that I was disappointed with the bread that was chewy, proof that it was not fresh...I mean, bread is a staple in France and you cannot have some decent one in a French restaurant???

 Vegetables plate at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY 

Vegetables plate at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY 

 Bread basket at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Bread basket at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Then I got foie gras. I admit that there I was a bit confused as I am sure it was supposed to be a crème brûlée foie gras, different from what came. Unfortunately, I could not verify on their website as the menu was not up to date. It was just ok, not as dense as a bloc de foie gras should be. 

 Foie gras at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Foie gras at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

 Foie gras at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Foie gras at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

For the entree, I decided to go for a classic bistro dish: steak frites. The steak, a NY strip was ordered medium rare and came slightly on the medium side. But still, it was good (do not expect a steakhouse quality though). 

 Steak frites at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Steak frites at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

 Steak frites at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Steak frites at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

It came with a salad and delicious fries, and I also ordered a nice Roquefort sauce on the side. 

 Roquefort sauce at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Roquefort sauce at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

For dessert, I could not resist ordering an île flottante (aka œufs à la neige or floating island), a dessert not often proposed on menus. It was decent, the eggs being a bit dense, but the vanilla sauce being delicious. 

 Ile flottante at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Ile flottante at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

 Ile flottante at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Ile flottante at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

I should mention the drinks I had with my meal. Well, in fact I ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, but, interestingly, at the end f the meal, after dessert, they brought a huge bowl of sangria, attention that I did not notice in other tables...Weird to offer sangria at the end of a meal, no? I just tried a sip before leaving and it was quite good: after all, these are fruit...

 Sauvignon blanc at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Sauvignon blanc at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

 Sangria at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Sangria at Tout Va Bien in NYC, NY

Overall, it was an ok meal, not something that will stick in my memory if I am thinking about a good French place in New York. It was fine but I think I should have ordered the escargots and the veal kidney that is delicious there. 

Enjoy (I did)!

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Tout Va Bien - 311 W 51st Street, New York, NY10019

 
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