A travel blogger from Sydney, based in Vancouver, who has lived abroad in New York as well as London and is obsessive over where to eat and drink. Check out my website at www.jesstours.com or follow me on instagram @jesstours.
Published June 4th 2014
A Charming French Bistro in the Heart of NYC's West Village
Buvette is a small French bistro in New York's West Village, serving a delicious range of authentic French inspired meals throughout the day and night.
For this reason, Buvette is generally packed with diners all day long. However, it must be said, that it's not only Buvette's food that attracts patrons, it is also the cafés warm ambience and charming Parisian feel.
Indeed from the moment you walk through the door you'll immediately feel as if you've somehow been transported to France, and more specifically to a Parisian sidewalk café.
Thoughtful and fun touches of French elegance have been tastefully placed around the room. Wooden stools sit under a long marble topped bar, a chandelier hangs overhead, while vintage crockery and ornate mirrors adorn the interior walls. There's even a vintage bike parked out front!
While the menu at Buvette is on the small side, it frequently changes and features some seriously scrumptious dishes.
For breakfast there are freshly made pastries, tartines and crepes. Then as the day progresses the kitchen serves a variety of small plates (tapas style), which comprise of pâtés, cheeses, cured meats, salads, fish, and vegetables. There are of course classic French dishes like croque madame, coq au vin and steak tartare too.
Admittedly the portion sizes are small, however they are rich and truly satisfying.
As nightfall approaches Buvette transitions from a bustling daytime café into a cosy and dimly lit wine bar, with a comprehensive list of French and Italian wines on offer. Hence why it is known by locals as the perfect place for either an intimate drink or dinner.
Similar to the cafés in Paris, the seating arrangements at Buvette are tight. As such, tables are in rather close proximity of each other. While some say it's a little too close for comfort, I disagree and believe that the tight quarters simply add to the whole dining experience.
If you visit Buvette during the warmer months be sure to ask about the seating in the "petite jardin", a charming outdoor space, which is certainly 'petite' and more of a deck than garden. Nevertheless it is lovely place to sit and eat.
Overall, Buvette offers a wonderful French dining experience in the heart of the West Village, where the food is delicious, and the service is friendly and attentive.