Thursday, September 22, 2011

Le Perigord - 405 E 52nd St (between 1st Ave & F D R Dr) New York, NY 10022 Neighborhood: Midtown East (212) 755-6244

Le Perigord is one of those restaurants where you would take your mother to for Sunday brunch after church. It's a reputable, classic French restaurant that has been around for decades but it feels more like a senior citizen center for the well-to-do in the upper east side. While I was waiting for my appetizer to arrive, I noticed that not one person in the restaurant was under the age of 50.

The selection they had for the restaurant week menu was very limited. I was only given a choice of two or three items for each course. I ended up getting the risotto with sea scallops for the main course and chocolate mousse for dessert. The risotto tasted very bland and the rice was actually still a little undercooked. The plating for the chocolate mousse was unimpressive. One scoop of chocolate mousse drizzled in some sauce with a few berries on the side wasn't exactly what I had in mind from this traditional French restaurant.
You get a sense of apathy from the waiters as they bring you your food. They move around in a very sedated, slow moving pace, probably because they're approaching retirement age as well. Overall, I really wasn't impressed with this place. The food was lackluster to say the least, and the decor feels very dated.
The purpose of Restaurant Week is to allow people to try out new restaurants at an affordable prix fixe price. It would have been worthwhile to dine here had the quality of the food been better. I would have appreciated the experience of trying old world French cuisine more. Instead, this will probably be one of those unmemorable dining experience for me.

Bottom Line:

Recommended: No

Price: Expensive (if you're not ordering from the Restaurant Week menu)

Service: Slow