Café Un Deux Trois is celebrating 35 years of delivering fine French food to the masses. Opening their doors in the heart of Times Square in 1977, they soon became the spot to stop for dinner and drinks before heading off to the likes of Studio 54 and Xenon to dance the night away.
Today, they are still a revolving door for American and European theater and film actors, as well as politicians, directors, local New Yorkers and tourists from around the world. You will find many a Broadway cast and crew hanging out after the show on any given night and recently Steven Spielberg’s television hit ‘Smash’ was filmed on site.
Upon entering, you are greeted by a bar that was the original bar from the Hotel Gerard. Boasting a recent facelift that features enormous windows and a new color scheme, Café Un Deux Trois has put on their best party dress for the years to come. But don’t be concerned, they have left intact the gorgeous details from its original 1893 construction, including the mosaic flooring, original glass-painted mural, Corinthian columns and Artesian crystal chandeliers.
The food while still classic bistro fare has expanded to include a variety of sandwiches, burgers and an extensive breakfast menu. We dove into a fine lunch on a sunny New York afternoon which started with the Bisque De Homard (homemade lobster bisque) —a classic cooked to perfection. Followed by a sea scallop preparation that highlighted the skills of Executive Chef Luis Gonzales, we were off to a splendid start.
Sitting in Café Un Deux Trois sipping a glass of French Chardonnay is akin to stepping back in time. It is extremely easy to let yourself be pampered in this world-class French restaurant and enjoy this cuisine’s rich history. You are left feeling like you have traveled abroad — a relaxing and lovely attribute indeed.
Foodies will certainly delight in the beautifully prepared Steak au Poivre, Escargot, Gravlax, Crepes, Duck Confit with Black Olives and Scallions, and a Foie De Veau Aux Fines Herbes (sauteed calves liver topped w/ sautéed onions served with mashed potatoes) that rivals most. But make sure to leave room for the Creme Brulee and Profiteroles to accompany a nice espresso before making your way out of this beautiful establishment.
Certainly a Francophiles dream, like an elegant café in France, you will not want to leave Café Un Deux Trois. I know that I will be back sooner, rather than later.