Cozy Deliciousness at Pigalle

What a week! I haven’t felt like blogging or doing much of anything this week with my focus 1000% on Sandy’s destruction in my home state of NJ. I still can not get over the devastation at the shore, and parts of my family are to be without power for at last a week. A favorite tree in our yard uprooted, my sister had to drive to Pennsylvania to get gas for the generator, school is cancelled all week, and everyone, while thankfully fine, is definitely tired. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone suffering right now.

With everything so up in the air and with so many people without power, water, or even their entire homes, I decided to defer my New York City Marathon race entry to 2013. Logistically, getting into the city for bib pickup and then the race would be a nightmare, but mostly I didn’t feel okay celebrating when the city is in shambles.

Not that it compares to what anyone in the affected areas is going through, but I am exhausted. Worrying about my family and then agonizing over the marathon decision have been on my mind 24/7. I’m relieved I have a firm decision.

One thing I would not agonize over is the fact that Pigalle is one of my new favorite restaurants after attending a bar menu tasting there last week. It’s cozy, plays some great jazz music on Monday nights, and the food and wine is superb.

Pigalle

I have really been in a “cozy wine bar” mood lately, so prior to going to Pigalle, I stopped at Sip in Downtown Crossing. It was pretty disappointing. The wine list was not very diverse, they didn’t have my first two choices, it felt very corporate, and the wine I did have tasted like it had been opened for a very long time.

Grabbing a seat at Pigalle gave me exactly what I wanted. Just a few seats line the L-shaped bar, but it was just enough for our party to be comfortable and carry on conversation.

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The wine list included a Viognier, one of my favorite whites, so I ordered that and really enjoyed it. Manning the bar was Ian who was delightful to chat with and who made exceptional cocktails he let us sample later in the night.

bar at pigalle

Monday nights at Pigalle are a new thing. They used to be closed, but they are now open for business and feature jazz every week. The music and vibe were fantastic; I want to make every Monday Pigalle date night.

jazz music at pigalle

Bar seats included a glass of crispy bacon and a basket of house made chips snack on while sipping drinks and waiting for the main event.

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Pigalle generously provided us with a great mix of their favorites. Oysters with Pigalle’s house mignonette were pure perfection. I loved the fresh cucumber mixed with the briny oysters.

oysters

We were also treated  to clams and bacon, takeout containers with delicious noodles, sliders on buttery, heavenly rolls, short ribs topped with mashed potatoes, and soft, decadent eggs in a jar.

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short rib

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Expertly crafted, creative cocktails were fun and delicious. The Seelbach, bourbon, combier, bitters and sparkling wine, had a nice bitterness, a little sparkle, and quite the kick to it. It was definitely a drink I would order again.

seelbach cocktail

With winter looming, Pigalle seems like the perfect place to hunker down on a chilly night to share appetizers or entrees and a good bottle of wine.

Do you have a favorite place you go to when you want something super cozy?

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  1. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Everything looks great! I must get to Pigalle soon. I hope your family in NJ get their power back soon. Sending them good thoughts!

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    I wish I could have attended this little soiree full of bar bites. I am also a big fan of Pigalle, after having visited once for restaurant week.

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  3. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    So glad to hear your family’s OK! One of my favorite cozy restaurants is The Common Man.

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  4. Alaina’s avatar

    I’m glad to hear your family is OK! My cousin is in Manhattan and she’s all I’m thinking about right now.

    Pigalle is definitely on my list of must-try’s. I don’t know how cozy it is, but I always love going to the bar at Tapeo. It makes me feel like I’m in Madrid.

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  5. Melissa’s avatar

    I’m glad your family is okay. Sending good thoughts their way!

    I’ve been wanting to try Pigalle. Looks amazing!

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  6. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

    I’m so surprised the marathon is still happening…it was probably a good move for you to defer though!

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  7. Charlene’s avatar

    I’m glad to hear that your family is okay! The majority of my friends are in NYC/NJ and many were greatly impacted by this storm so I agree with your decision to defer – I can see both sides of the argument but ultimately, I think the timing is just wrong. I can’t imagine celebrating right now!

    Pigalle sounds great! A jar of crispy bacon? Count me in!

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