Beautiful Buvette

April 22nd, 2014 · 302 Comments · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations, Quick, Sides, Salads, Soup

On a rainy Monday night in midtown a few weeks ago, I found myself faced with classic New York dilemma. I was running late to meet Andy for his birthday dinner downtown and needed to make a decision: Should I try to catch a cab (always a risky proposition on a rainy night) or just get on the subway, which involved a transfer (always a time-eater)? At the same time, I was also asking myself Why didn’t we just stay home for his birthday? The girls could’ve been part of it and I certainly wouldn’t be standing on a corner soaking wet, nervous about being late. To add to my decidedly First World anxiety, we were going to Buvette, a jewel box of a restaurant on Grove Street in the West Village, run by Jody Williams, who has become something of a cult hero to food insiders and bon vivants everywhere. In other words, it’s popular. Every minute I was late felt like an hour I’d have to queue up for an open table.

I took the subway to Christopher Street, sprinting a block in the rain, by then coming down sideways. When I finally bulldozed into the gastrotheque, feeling very much like a wet dog, I made my way back to Andy seated at a small table tucked into a corner. “Happy Birthday, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, Happy Birthday,” I said, but less sorry than relieved that we still had a table.

“What’s the stress?” he said, taking a sip of his Manhattan and leaning back. “You’re here. Look at this place.” He opened his arms wide, as if personally presenting Buvette to me.

He loved Buvette — which is why we picked it for his birthday. I looked around at the intimate, brick-exposed space, at the regulars reading books and drinking cocktails at the marble-topped bar, at the chandelier made from old cooking equipment hanging like a piece of modern art in the back room. For all the trendy chatter about this place, it felt neighborly and warm, as if it had been here forever. Within minutes, I was sipping my own Manhattan, overtaken by the warmth, the cold rainy streets fading away like a jet trail.

I’ve only been to Buvette for dinner, but I’ve heard it has this escapist effect on diners no matter what the meal, and no matter what state of harriedness the diner might arrive in. Like the corner we were tucked into, everything about the place is small: The table, the menu, the plates, the portions, the covered ramekins holding little cassoulets, confits, rabbit stews, and coq au vins. We started with two toasts: Fava and Ricotta and Anchovies with Butter, then moved on to beets with horseradish creme fraiche (coming soon to a dinner table near me) and rabbit moutarde before finishing with a chocolate mousse, so densely chocolate that the two forks planted like flagpoles in the dessert stood upright until we removed them and mauled what sat before us.

I’m not writing this to a) make you jealous or b) gloat (though I will say, I nailed the birthday dinner.) I’m writing because as of this week, even people who don’t live within a subway transfer of Buvette can still have the experience at home (minus the sprinting and the raining hopefully). Recipes for everything we ate that night are in Williams’ new book Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food: The toasts, the moutarde, the mousse, the creme fraiche — not to mention everything else we want to go back to eat including the Roast Chicken Salad (above, left) Braised Leeks with Shallot Vinaigrette (above, right), Oatmeal Brulee (below), Duck Confit, Warm Potato Salad with Anchovies, and an Apple and Cheese Fricos that my kids would go crazy for. And the book itself, with its cloth spine and poetic photography (by Gentl & Hyers) is one of the more stunning objects I’ve seen. I know what I’m giving hosts and Mother’s Day celebrants this year.

Soft-boiled egg with prosciutto-wrapped Parmesan-spiked soldiers.

Toasted Oatmeal Brûlée that can be made up to a week in advance — should you be doing some breakfast or brunch entertaining.

Apple and Cheese Fricos
Makes 4 fricos

Extra-virgin olive oil
1½ cups coarsely grated Montasio cheese (or other aged cow’s-milk cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano)
1 Gala apple, stemmed, cored, and thinly sliced
4 fresh sage leaves

Set a heavy medium skillet over medium heat and pour in enough olive oil to thinly coat the entire surface of the pan. Sprinkle a quarter of the cheese evenly over the surface of the pan and scatter over a quarter of the apple slices and a sage leaf. Cook until the cheese has completely melted, is bubbling, and is golden brown on its underside. Using a spatula, carefully fold half the cheese over to form a half-moon shape (like an omelette) and transfer the frico to a square of parchment paper.

Continue to make fricos with the remaining cheese and apples, adding more oil to the pan as necessary. Serve warm.

Here’s some great news: Grand Central Publishing is offering a free copy of Buvette to a commenter chosen at random below. Contest ends 4/23 at 5 PM ET and winners must live in the US. Good luck!

 Best logo ever.

Update: The winner is Courtney (A Life From Scratch) #255. Thanks to everyone who participated! Also: apologies that the deadline originally said 4/24 instead of 4/23! I totally messed up the date — it was only supposed to be a two-day contest; please forgive the typo. 

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302 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sarah F. // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:27 am

    You are making me so hungry right now! I’ll definitely have to check that place out.

  • 2 Laurie // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Love, love, love your website. Our children have left the nest, but dinner still remains a challenge for my husband and me. Your website has given me motivation as well as inpiration!

  • 3 Mirya // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday dinner!

  • 4 Adrianne // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Everything looks lovely. My husband and I have started a cookbook challenge – to cook through (most) of a cookbook’s recipes in a year…this one is going to have to go in the queue.

  • 5 Catherine // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    This book sounds perfect!!

  • 6 Karen // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story- I love that cookbook cover!

  • 7 Robin // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:37 am

    wow. so intrigued.

  • 8 Lori C. // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:39 am

    It looks delicious!

  • 9 Melissa // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Sounds delicious!

  • 10 Sarah // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I love Buvette but have only been for breakfast. I guess it’s time for another New York trip…

  • 11 Amy // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Gorgeous photos to go with your beautifully descriptive comments! Sounds like a fabulous evening.

  • 12 Erin // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Delicious

  • 13 Jen P // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    This is my kind of food. Yum

  • 14 Hollyanne // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:44 am

    gorgeous! would love to add this book to my collection.

  • 15 Alyssa V. // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Oooo, that logo really is the best. Glad that the birthday dinner was such a success!

  • 16 Christine // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

    This sounds magical.

  • 17 Laurie // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Amazing – good food is the foundation for good living!

  • 18 Mary // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Beautiful photography.

  • 19 Liz // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

    That oatmeal looks amazing!

  • 20 Louisa S. // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I’m so curious about that toasted oatmeal brulée! What a gorgeous, mouthwatering book.

  • 21 Julie C // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I need to find out whatever that is on the cover of the cookbook so I can immediately make it and start consuming it — looks delicious! Would love a copy of this book.

  • 22 Brianna Lopez // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:01 am

    What a wonderful cookbook, I might have to buy it this year for Mother’s Day!

  • 23 Caitlyn // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:01 am

    That recipe is mouthwatering!

  • 24 Julie // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Happy Birthday, Andy!

  • 25 Leann Coleman // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Headed to NYC soon and am eager to go to Buvette! Thanks for the review.

  • 26 JoLyn // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I love your description of it all. Makes me want a copy!

  • 27 Jessica // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:05 am

    That looks amazing – I’d love to cook out of that book.

  • 28 Renee // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I’ve wanted to visit this place ever since reading about it in MSL. (And seeing those little Nutella spoons they serve!) I’d be so thrilled to have a copy of Buvette in my little Indiana kitchen.

  • 29 Maggie // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

    That oatmeal – wow!

  • 30 Teena // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

    What a gorgeous book!

  • 31 tricia // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I LOVE your blog Jennie. But is sucks that all your contests are just for the U.S. I just had to say :)

  • 32 Jmbh // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I want to go to there!!!!

  • 33 Wendy // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

    oh lord, yum.

  • 34 Mia // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I would study this book cover to cover, splattering each page with the ingredients as I mulled over the steps- the way a well loved cookbook should look!

  • 35 Meg // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Looks and sounds delicious!

  • 36 Jennifer // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

    There is nothing better than a warm, cozy, intimate restaurant , and especially for special celebrations. This place sounds lovely.

  • 37 Jessica p // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:17 am

    This book looks lovely! Can’t wait to open it up and try some recipes!

  • 38 Chantelle // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Everything looks amazing! Especially the soft boiled egg with the parmesan wrapped prosciutto.

  • 39 Kristin // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Looks and sounds delicious!

  • 40 Natalie // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Oh my husband and I went on one fabulous date to Buvette when we were in the city last summer and we still talk about that place all the time! We loved the wine we had so much that we ordered a case of it (which we NEVER do) a few weeks later. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes at home!

  • 41 Alicia B // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I have been on a quest for the perfect baked oatmeal for Christmas morning for years. But clearly I should be making toasted oatmeal brûlée instead! WOW.

  • 42 Victoria (aka Zemfirka) // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Wonderful post and I’m totally craving that Toasted Oatmeal Brûlée! What a fabulous idea! (And I’m not even a fan of oatmeal, but I would try that one!)

  • 43 Sarah // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

    The soft-boiled egg with prosciutto-wrapped Parmesan-spiked soldiers loves heavenly.

  • 44 Krista // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Thanks, DALS–for your site, your books, your BA stuff, the inspiration, this giveaway!

  • 45 Stephanie // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:34 am

    You’re my go-to for restaurant recommendations when visiting NYC!

  • 46 Lindsay // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Going this weekend! Can’t wait.

  • 47 Amy G // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

    That’s beautiful!!

  • 48 Katie // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Looks gorgeous! Thanks!

  • 49 Kate // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

    The cookbook looks amazing, but mostly your post was so evocative it took me away from my current situation: trapped at home with a child with stomach flu!

  • 50 Michelle // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Must try this place on my next visit to NYC! Thanks!

  • 51 Rose // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I’ve only been to Buvette for breakfast, and I adore it!! Love your post. Maybe I’ll have to make it over there for dinner!

  • 52 Chris B. // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

    A meal to remember, surely. Sounds wonderful!

  • 53 Liesel // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Beautifully written story- glad you were able to enjoy the Birthday meal together. Cook book looks intriguing!

  • 54 Merrill // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

    It has long been a dream of mine to eat at Buvette–guess I’ll have to content myself with cooking from the cookbook! Le sigh.

  • 55 Katie Erin // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Everything looks delicious, especially the fricos.

  • 56 Amanda // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:01 am

    This book looks amazing! I really want those fricos in my belly, too!

  • 57 Tori // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Oh, that food looks so gorgeous! The photography alone seems to inspire an escapist effect!

  • 58 Omar // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Wow – that all looks amazing. Cookbook would be great.

  • 59 Nicole // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Oatmeal brulee! Must have cookbook!

  • 60 Erin o. // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful book!

  • 61 Kay // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Looks like a wonderful book.

  • 62 Shirley // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Your girls are not the only ones who will go crazy for apple and cheese fricos!

  • 63 Laura // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

    this book will be a great mother’s day gift…

  • 64 Bodi // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Makes me sad that we left New York. I’d love to try the cookbook.

  • 65 Julia Hart // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Wow! I love when I stumble on a restaurant that feels secluded and neighborly! And the food looks AH-mazing!

  • 66 Word Lily // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Beautiful indeed!

  • 67 Morgan // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Pick me!

  • 68 PlumGaga // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Real food for real people!

  • 69 Kathleen // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Thank you for sharing this moment of foodie-ism and family. I see some of the same ahead for us!

  • 70 Aubrey M // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

    What a beautiful a book!

  • 71 Emalie // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Oatmeal Brûlée?!?! I think I will have to purchase this book for that recipe alone… I make baked oatmeal every week- and my little kitchen torch is perhaps the most underused and underrated kitchen tool I have.

  • 72 Angela // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

    When I moved from Brooklyn to DC, I first missed my friends and that was closely followed by food at places like Buvette. Looks delicious.

  • 73 Megan // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

    What a great choice for a birthday dinner! I have had Buvette on my list for a while, and hope to make it there over the spring. However, I would love a copy of the book to recreate their beautiful dishes at home!

  • 74 Charlie // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Beautiful book!

  • 75 Kylie // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Celebrated my 21st birthday here..will never forget!

  • 76 Lj // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:46 am

    perfection

  • 77 Jen // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I got sidetracked by the food photos on the Buvette website and nearly missed the chance at the giveaway!

  • 78 Barb // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Looks like a wonderful book!

  • 79 Paula // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Looks incredible.

  • 80 kristin // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

    looks delicious!

  • 81 Anna // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I am having serious food envy right now! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of that book!!

  • 82 Anna // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Kudos for nailing the birthday dinner! The food looks delicious. I’d love to try the restaurant and cook from the book.

  • 83 Deena Trainor // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Sounds magical! First thing I would try is the oatmeal. Anything I can make ahead for a brunch is grrrreat.

  • 84 Maria // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I discovered Buvette by chance 2 years ago. I was just walking on the street looking for a place to eat and we walked in. Now everytime I go to New York it is a mandatory stop. I love that place!!

  • 85 Patty W // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Delicious!

  • 86 Bianca // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Proscuitto-wrapped soldiers – genius!

  • 87 Heather // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    How lovely!

  • 88 Chrissy M. // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your story. Truly, there is nothing better in the world than French food on a stormy night. :)

  • 89 Chrissy M. // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your story. Truly, there is nothing better in the world than French food on a stormy night.

  • 90 Ceci // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Everything looks Amazing! Can’t wait to check out the book

  • 91 Janet // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    looks all devine!

  • 92 Jen // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Yummmmmmmmmmm!

  • 93 Amanda K // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    The photos look beautiful! I’m would love to own the book – very inspiring!

  • 94 Kathleen // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Looks fantastic!

  • 95 Emily // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I would love a copy of this book. Looks so yum!

  • 96 Andi // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Looks delicious! I love finding restaurants that melt ones cares away with their food, drink, and ambiance.

  • 97 nadya // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Sounds amazing, and I love your blog.

  • 98 Nancy B. // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    You are an inspiration!

  • 99 Leslie // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    The oatmeal brulee alone makes me want this book!

  • 100 Jaclyn // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    yummmy!

  • 101 Terrill // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I am not easily able to go there for dinner–though I’d love to–but I would sure like a copy of the book!

  • 102 Julie // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Mmmmm. That oatmeal brulee looks killer.

  • 103 Karen // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    What a wonderful birthday treat! Love your blog!

  • 104 Megan W // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Everything looks amazing and interesting… would love to cook from this book.

  • 105 CarolP // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    It all looks amazing- thank you!

  • 106 Christina // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    The cookbook sounds great!

  • 107 Jenifer // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I read about this restaurant a few months back in Bon Appetit. I have not been yet but the description reminds of the small bistros I went to in Brittany and Paris back when I was in college. I look froward to dining there in the future but first the book to cook from!

  • 108 Matilda // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I’m drooling at those photos! (Good thing it’s lunchtime.)

  • 109 dawn // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    omgosh so hungry now!

  • 110 Carol Wayne // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    This post has made it very hard to eat a sandwich for lunch.

  • 111 nina // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    the book sounds amazing!

  • 112 Lisa // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Sounds like a lovely cookbook!

  • 113 Grace // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t know what I’m more excited about with this new cookbook — the delicious recipes or the amazing photography!

  • 114 Allyson // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I only know of Gentl & Hyers thorugh Hungry Ghost but they shoot some of the most amazing pictures I’ve ever seen. That dinner sounds fantastic, and both the photographs and your description is making me hungry.

  • 115 Christine // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Wow, what an amazing experience. So glad it worked out and you had a perfect dinner.

  • 116 Lisa // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Can’t wait to check out this new book or for you to make those beets.

  • 117 maria tadic // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Wow…the soft boiled eggs with polenta fries?! Yum…Id eat that every morning for breakfast!

  • 118 Beth // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Everything looks so yummy!!

  • 119 Sam Carvell // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I will be thinking of those apple and cheese fricos for days… :)

  • 120 Mika // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Beautiful! This is how we love to eat!

  • 121 Alexis // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Oatmeal Brulee – That sounds amazing! I’d love to win a copy

  • 122 susie // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    looks fantastic!

  • 123 Taylor // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    My husband and I live in Brooklyn and are always looking for new restaurants to try – I’m definitely inspired to go to Buvette now! Would also LOVE to have their cookbook to try some new recipes at home!

  • 124 Ting // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Buvette is my favorite restaurant for any meal of the day. Despite how many new restaurants we haven’t tried, it’s always our first choice!

  • 125 dervla @ the curator // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Love Buvette, and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of their new book! happy birthday to Andy!

  • 126 Adrianne // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    So sad to live so far away :-(

  • 127 Annie // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    beautiful! Love this story (and the buvette logo).

  • 128 Amy // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Adding this to the restaurant list for my trip to NYC in June!

  • 129 Mahdis // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    This looks so beautiful! Would love to win this to add to my growing cookbook stash :)

  • 130 Sarah // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I want to go to there. But first, I want to win the book.

    Happy birthday to Andy!

  • 131 Jennifer // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Love this post, and now want this cookbook! Fingers crossed!

  • 132 Reynaul // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I don’t live in New York, but that looks beautiful!

  • 133 Megan Gordon // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Buvette is my #1 favorite spot in all of NYC. Can’t wait to check out the book!

  • 134 Karen // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I need that oatmeal brûlée recipe.

  • 135 fulori // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    You had me at “beets with horseradish creme fraiche”.

  • 136 Kathryn // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Yuuuum!

  • 137 Esha // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    What a lovely place for a birthday dinner! Have to tell my husband about this. Sharing this post now!

  • 138 Kate // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! And ALL of the inspiration!! :-)

  • 139 maya // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Yum, you just added a new restaurant to my list and a book for my shelf!

  • 140 Emily // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Yum! Count me in.

  • 141 Jess. // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Late-for-dinner anxiety is the worst! (Except, of course, late-for-birthday-dinner anxiety.) This book is beautiful, and those fricos! My kids will also be bonkers for those. xox

  • 142 Sara // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    That sounds like a perfect, cozy birthday dinner!

  • 143 Leslie // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    The fricos sound delicious!

  • 144 Heather // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Love the idea of a place like this – and of a dinner with my husband somewhere that doesn’t serve anything in nugget form.

  • 145 Alexandra // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I live in the Seattle area and have recently been hearing the praising of Buvette! Those leeks, and toasts, make me want to hop on a plane now to visit. Fingers crossed for their beautiful cookbook. Thanks!

  • 146 REK981 // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I want that oatmeal recipe right now!!!

  • 147 Julia // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Adding it to my list of restaurants to check out!

  • 148 Fran // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I’d love a copy of this beautiful book!

  • 149 Pressley // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    ooh, would love this book — what a good Mother’s Day present!

  • 150 Claire // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Oh west village, how I miss you so.

  • 151 Jennifer // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    The food looks delicious!

  • 152 Becca // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Sounds delicious and looks lovely.

  • 153 Rosa // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Just when I thought I couldn’t miss NY more…

  • 154 Hester // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    love it!

  • 155 keely // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Beautiful photos!

  • 156 Lydia // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Best logo and best name…It’s quite fun to say!
    I need this book in my life, winner or not.

  • 157 Kris // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Sounds amazing. I am definitely jealous!

  • 158 Sue // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    The oatmeal looks amazing!

  • 159 Sarmistha // Apr 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Want it for my friends/neighbor in TX who are in their late 80′s & hardly can go out & venture different restaurants in other states…..so if I am the lucky one, kindly ask for their email & address & you can ship directly to them.

  • 160 Sarah // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    This looks amazing!

  • 161 Ioana // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Sounds yummy!

  • 162 Ana // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Cannot wait to go to to Buvette myself! Happy birthday, Andy!

  • 163 Mary // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    That food looks divine!

  • 164 Susan // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Living in the Midwest, we sometimes need to bring the world in! What a great way to do it by ordering “Buvette” ! I just did!

  • 165 mike // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    both the restaurant and recipe book look wonderful

  • 166 susanj // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    looks amazing!

  • 167 susanj // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    looks delicious!

  • 168 Christina // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Your story makes me wish I lived in NYC so I could go to a cute, cozy restaurant with amazing food. The next best thing would be to win the cookbook!

  • 169 Lori // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Expecting loads of out of town guests for daughters 13th bday. Would love great recipes to serve to our visitors! Thanks for giveaway.

  • 170 Sara // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    me, please! :)

  • 171 Katherine // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Yum- looks delicious!

  • 172 Amanda // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    You’re right, that logo DOES look awesome!

  • 173 bschus // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    You described my perfect evening! Book sounds lovely too.

  • 174 Hester // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    yes please!

  • 175 Pat // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks for your inspiring blog. It’s also nice to think of you running through the rain and being greeted with a smooth, “You’re here.” Cheers for both of you!

  • 176 Lindsay Ann // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Everything sounds lovely, and surprisingly do-able.

  • 177 Amberly // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Those fricos look delicious and Buvette sounds fantastic – I’ll have to go visit! Thanks for sharing one of your favorites :-)

  • 178 Pam B // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Makes me hope tonight’ restaurant dinner in LA could be at Buvette – or at least include mustard rabbit, those soft boiled eggs and yummy soldiers – at least I know I can get a Manhattan

    Happy Birthday (belated) to Andy

  • 179 Angela // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    After reading your post I was suddenly filled with the urge to find a sitter and get off the hamster wheel of the after school / work grind!

  • 180 Kelsey // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Those leeks look amazing! I’d love to give them a try!

  • 181 Liz K // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I would pay good money for rain to delay me, even from a nice birthday dinner. I have no desire to be in NY (sorry, I like the country) but Buvette almost tempts me and that book goes on my shopping list ASAP.

  • 182 Heidi // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Oh the pictures made me drool!

  • 183 agatha khishchenko // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    what a wonderful dining experience! i’ve lived in nyc for years and have always meant to try buvette but never made my way over there. will definitely have to head over soon…and try some new recipes from the new cookbook. thank you the lovely post.

  • 184 Sarah // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    This looks like such a great book.

  • 185 Tanya // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    How lovely!

  • 186 Abby @ Happy Food Happy Home // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Um..yes please! Those cheese fricos look delicious! I need this cookbook!
    Abby

  • 187 Susan // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Me please!!!!!

  • 188 Angie // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Oatmeal brulee? Sounds heavenly!

  • 189 DeeAnna // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Wish I would have heard of Buvette before my recent trip to NYC!

  • 190 Carrie // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Mouth.Watering. And SO jealous ;)

  • 191 Kathy // Apr 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    This looks SO yummy!

  • 192 Josa // Apr 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Can’t decide what I want more: the oatmeal or the cheese fricos. Mmmmmm!

  • 193 Sam // Apr 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    This book looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  • 194 Alyssa // Apr 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I have exactly one cookbook that I cook from – yours. Buvette looks amazing, I’d love to add the cookbook to my collection of one!

  • 195 MW // Apr 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Have been wanting to go to buvette for ages! Would love the cookbook! :)

  • 196 Stacy // Apr 22, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    What a lovely testament to this place! It’s on my list to visit next I’m in your city, but until then, I’m so glad this book exists.

  • 197 holly e // Apr 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    need booook…..musttt have booook….

  • 198 elizabeth e // Apr 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    all of these pics make my dinner look really unimpressive in comparison — but i’d love to cook anything from buvette at home! and make a pilgrimage to the restaurant ASAP.

  • 199 Mary @ flavorrd // Apr 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Gorgeous food! I’d love to spend some time getting lost in this book.

  • 200 Christina @ but i'm hungry // Apr 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Sounds so lovely… I’m going to need that cookbook, I think. That oatmeal is calling to me.

  • 201 Neile // Apr 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    The first time I heard the term “buvette” was in Provence, when my husband and I hiked from our hostel to a tiny village surrounded by lavender fields. We were told by some locals that there are no restaurants in the village, but a family opens their home as an ad hoc restaurant called a buvette and we could come back in the evening. We turned up again at dinnertime, had a wonderful meal, and felt so lucky to have stumbled upon such a cool place. I’d love to try Buvette in NYC sometime too. Happy birthday to Andy and thanks for your blog!

  • 202 Catherine Blaney // Apr 22, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    What a beautiful birthday dinner! I have never been to or heard of Buvette, but it sounds lovely. The recipe above looks divine. I would have never thought to use cheese to make a pocket of sorts instead of using the ubiquitous eggs! Bravo!

  • 203 Cay // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Wow, those fricos! Are you kidding me??

  • 204 Elsa // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I see Buvette has brandade on both their lunch and dinner menus; I wonder if it’s in the cookbook. I’ve been thinking for some time that I should learn to make brandade for my mother, who has fond memories of it but would never bother to buy the salt cod to make it at home.

  • 205 Kyla // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    This recipe is ingenious. I am in Arizona so a visit to Buvette won’t happen anytime soon. But I will get my hands on that cookbook!

  • 206 STACY // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    just lovely.

  • 207 Margo, Thrift at Home // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    oh lovely. How generous of them to share the book and all the recipes!

  • 208 Erin A // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Sounds amazing. Intrigued by oatmeal brûlée.

  • 209 Jessica // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I’m so intrigued by the oatmeal brulee. Yum

  • 210 Liv // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I’m drooling over this so much! happy birthday Andy!

  • 211 Anna // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Did you know I worked at a restaurant called La Buvette??
    It’s delicious and I yearn for the bread EVERYDAY. It’s owned by a couple Francophiles that reside here in Omaha, Ne.
    Now come to Nebraska!!!!

  • 212 Andrea // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    warm duck confit salad? Yes please!

  • 213 connor // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    it all looks brilliant. Happy Birthday, Andy!

  • 214 theresa // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    mmm!!! everything sounds so good

  • 215 Tiffany // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Wow, if even the oatmeal looks divine, sounds great!!

  • 216 Melissa // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I think I’ll have to visit Buvette on my next trip to New York!

  • 217 Angela // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Wow, beautiful book!! I want that oatmeal brûlée right now!

  • 218 dawn mcbeth // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    dinner with friends at Buvette, and now Buvette at home

  • 219 Kiki // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I am intrigued!

  • 220 JessicaClare // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:47 am

    That is definitely the best logo ever!

  • 221 JessicaClare // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:47 am

    That is definitely the best logo ever!

  • 222 Molly // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Lovely logo, simple and warm with a hint of glam.

  • 223 Anya // Apr 23, 2014 at 2:09 am

    I love the idea of toasted oatmeal brûlée! :)

  • 224 s // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Sounds like a fantastic bday dinner. The roast chicken salad looks delish.

  • 225 s // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Sounds like a fantastic bday dinner. The roast chicken salad looks delish..

  • 226 tenely // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:53 am

    I will visit NYC this summer! Making me miss city life!

  • 227 Shaun // Apr 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Lots of people to celebrate this spring…looks like a beautiful book!

  • 228 linda sch // Apr 23, 2014 at 7:24 am

    making the fricos today

  • 229 judy // Apr 23, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Sounds like a book to sit down and read with a cup of tea or a glass of wine.

  • 230 Anna // Apr 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

    What a beautiful post evoking images of an amazing place! I can’t wait to get my hands on that cookbook!
    Blessings!

  • 231 Tina // Apr 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Sounds lovely. Happy Birthday Andy!

  • 232 Liz // Apr 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

    This looks like a great book! Looking forward to taking a look.

  • 233 Susan // Apr 23, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a lovely night, despite the downpour!

  • 234 Chris // Apr 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Oh my! Oatmeal is my kryptonite. I need this book.

  • 235 Laura // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

    What a fantastic story – makes me wish I lived closer to NYC! The buvette cookbook looks beautiful and the recipes look fantastic – can’t wait to try them.

  • 236 ali // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

    omg… the egg and prosciutto dish looks amazing… sounds like an awesome birthday!

  • 237 Jennifer // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Yes please! Thank you!

  • 238 Holly // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:29 am

    You had me at oatmeal brulee!

  • 239 Deborah // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:31 am

    The book looks beautiful. While the last thing I need is another cook book, I just can’t resist.

  • 240 Susan // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    This looks delicious and I would love to go there!

  • 241 Jackie // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This book looks like the perfect thing to curl up with (and then cook from) on a rainy Sunday afternoon!

  • 242 Kathy // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m always looking for great places to eat in the city.

  • 243 Helen // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:52 am

    What a lovely looking book. Me please!

  • 244 Rachael // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I want to make everything in this book! How lovely.

  • 245 Holly J // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:08 am

    The toasted oatmeal brulee looks delicious!

  • 246 Becky // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:11 am

    What a gorgeous cookbook! Here’s hoping!

  • 247 Emily // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Dear Jenny and Andy, Happy Birthday indeed! Glad you had a delicious meal to celebrate. Speaking of birthdays, thank you for recommending Otto in a previous post regarding an eight-year old’s party. EIGHT of us had lunch at Otto yesterday. We ranged in age from 12 to 70, and every palate feasted on the delicious range of pizzas and salads. To top off the great meal, we passed Mario Batali in the street afterwards and thanked him in person! Knowing we can trust your taste in restaurants, I cannot wait to experience Buvette, sigh. Cheers!

  • 248 Rachel // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Yum!

  • 249 sarapete // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Those recipe’s look delightful. Would love to get that cook book for mothers day and stay in bed reading all afternoon.

  • 250 Bea // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for your website. It has forever changed the way my family eats dinner – in a good way. My girls are 6 and 11 and I appreciate how you show that you can still eat together as a family every night no matter what you have going on in your world.

  • 251 emily // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    That fricos looks AMAZING!

  • 252 Jennifer // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I so enjoyed a visit to Buvette on a recent trip to New York. I’m psyched to bring a bit of their magic to my kitchen with their cookbook!

  • 253 Lisa // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    That oatmeal brulee looks so delicious! Would love to test it out

  • 254 JenMa // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Sound like a wonderful restaurant and great cookbook!

  • 255 A Life From Scratch // Apr 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I need that roast chicken salad in my life – PRONTO!

  • 256 Libby // Apr 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Wiping the drool off my keyboard.

  • 257 Courtney // Apr 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Mmm, that post just made me wish that I lived in NY. I may be making the Fricos tonight!

  • 258 Lesley // Apr 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    “winners must live in the US”
    Just wondering…is “US” spelled “C-A-N-A-D-A”? ;)

  • 259 Ashley // Apr 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Ugh, that meal sounds ridiculously fantastic.

  • 260 Trina // Apr 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I am sitting here in LA wishing I could hop a flight to NYC for dinner. Looking forward to reading this cookbook!

  • 261 Liz // Apr 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    What a beautiful meal! I would love to try!

  • 262 Lindsay // Apr 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Ohhhh Buvette. It’s one of my very favorites in the whole wide world. The rabbit moutarde…can I take a bath in it?? For me though it’s the chicken liver paté. Every time. There are times when I wish we could be to another place but then I remember how lucky we are live so close to nyc and to our beloved Buvette.

  • 263 Lori // Apr 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Sounds charming—looks amazing—Happy birthday, Andy!

  • 264 Michelle // Apr 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  • 265 Sara // Apr 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I love a good cookbook!

  • 266 Mrs. Z // Apr 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    YUMMY! Looks amazing!

  • 267 Kaye L // Apr 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    What a lovely restaurant and a lovely book!

  • 268 Rebecca // Apr 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Oh good God – those prosciutto soldiers!

  • 269 Jocelyn // Apr 23, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    OMG I am moving just so I can check this place out. YUM!!!

  • 270 Jane // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Gorgeous photos. The recipes look incredible. I’d be thrilled to win this book!

  • 271 Monica // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    There are times when I really miss living in NYC and this is one of them! Place and book look awesome!

  • 272 Madeleine // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I’m very hungry now, looks great!

  • 273 Matilda // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I just moved back to the States after 3 years in Paris, and this book sounds like exactly what I need

  • 274 Liza in Ann Arbor // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Another one to add to list for a future New York trip (came back just now to check your Santa Fe recommendations by the way).

  • 275 Bearsmama // Apr 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Ahh, Buvette! Can’t wait to check out the cookbook.:)

  • 276 Elise // Apr 23, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    This looks amazing. I want this book!

  • 277 Maryellen // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Mother’s day present? Non, it’ll be a Father’s Day present chez nous. Thanks for helping me nail the perfect gift idea more than a month in advance!

  • 278 Natalie // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    pick me, pick me, pick me! I’m dying to make that roast chicken salad. Have to tell you that I had dinner tonight with some new friends & the host served us your pork ragu with pappardalle noodles (my go to dinner entrée for dinner guests in the winter) & I knew instantly that we were kindred spirits.

  • 279 Allison // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I will definitely check out this restaurant whenever we make it to NY. And I’ve already put the book on my amazon wish list, in case I don’t win the drawing ;)

  • 280 Audrey // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    This would be an incredible addition to my cookbook collection!!

  • 281 Maryellen // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Can’t wait to make the apple and cheese fricos! Yum!

  • 282 Elke // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    The photos look great and I’ve been enjoying your website since I found it – less than a year ago. I’ve made many a meal from your ideas already. Thanks

  • 283 Sharon // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Anything you can make a week ahead is a coup!

  • 284 Caitlin // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I would LOVE to add this cookbook to my (newly) expanding collection. Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

  • 285 olivia // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    fricos. I’m drooling.

  • 286 Barb // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Buvette is on the list for our NYC trip this summer!

  • 287 SAC // Apr 24, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Sounds wonderful!

  • 288 sara // Apr 24, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I need this badly!

  • 289 Julia // Apr 24, 2014 at 2:09 am

    What a beautiful book and restaurant!

  • 290 Victoria // Apr 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Tiny Buvette is tucked into a neighborhood that also feels tiny compared to all the tall buildings of midtown and now uptown too where horrible glass monoliths are being built by the score. When you are at Buvette, you can close your eyes and imagine you are in Paris – but as much as I love Paris, I love NY more so I’m happy to open my eyes and find myself at home. The beets with horseradish crème fraîche is my favorite dish there. I would rather eat at home than eat out with two exceptions – Buvette and Pearl Oyster Bar.

  • 291 Grace // Apr 24, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I would love to take a gander at this book and try some recipes in the near future! I’m on bed rest from ACL reconstruction surgery so I think this would be reading to get some inspiration for what I’m cooking in a week or 2.

  • 292 Becky Holland // Apr 24, 2014 at 8:47 am

    looks wonderful!

  • 293 Freida // Apr 24, 2014 at 11:09 am

    It looks wonderful, but I’m confused- how is there a winner already? Doesn’t the contest go through 5PM ET?

  • 294 domonique | a bowl full of simple // Apr 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

    We stumbled upon Buvette shortly after it opened while on a trip to nyc. we felt exactly as you described – it’s a complete escape and true delight. they food is divine and the cocktails are perfection… we now go a few times a year whenever we are in nyc. we are likely jody’s biggest fans in California!

  • 295 Kate // Apr 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I must try Buvette next time I’m in NYC – and would love to cook from the book!

  • 296 Susan // Apr 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    This northwest Ohio gal needs that cookbook!

  • 297 lettergirl // Apr 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I was just lamenting that I won’t be able to make my annual trip to New York this spring (again, actually). Wouldn’t this book soothe my soul just a bit?

  • 298 Robyn // Apr 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I was stopping by to enter but I see a winner’s been chosen already?!? It’s only 3:45 on 4/24….bummer :(

  • 299 Patricia // Apr 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Someday, someday, someday, I’ll get to go to Buvette. Until then, this glorious cookbook would keep me satisfied. Those photos are exquisite. (Fingers crossed that I win!) (So sorry for the double posting—I put an incorrect email address in.)

  • 300 Patricia // Apr 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    So sorry for the double posting—I put an incorrect email address in my earlier comment.

    Someday, someday, someday, I’ll get to go to Buvette. Until then, this glorious cookbook would keep me satisfied. Those photos are exquisite. (Fingers crossed that I win!)

  • 301 Kim @ Cook With 2 Chicks // Apr 25, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Wishing I lived in NYC to experience such a wonderful meal. Very excited to check out the cookbook!

  • 302 jenb // Apr 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I love that place! I wandered in there one rainy day feeling a little heartsick, and the food and the service picked me right back up. I spent a lovely hour there.

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