Ever since falling in love with the bistro culture during a trip to France five years ago, we’ve been on the lookout for something here in the city with a similar feel. Unfortunately, nothing has ever come close. Until last night. Olivier French Bistro, located at 469 4th Avenue, between 11th and 12th Street, has secured its place as one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.
When French onion soup ($8) is prepared properly (it can often be too sweet for our taste) it’s heavenly. Olivier found that happy place right in the middle of sweet and savory, and we could have easily settled on that as our main dish.
Thankfully, though, we also tasted the duck leg cassoulet, a slow-cooked casserole with duck, sausage, and white beans ($19.50). We’re talking the epitome of comfort food, South Slope, so be prepared, because it’s extraordinarily filling. As the dish empties, you’ll likely find yourself nearing food coma status.
The service was friendly, the atmosphere was relaxed, and there was absolutely no rush to finish and get out the door. The only downside is that the restaurant is cash only, so come prepared, as we had to make our way to the corner ATM at the end of the meal to cover the tab.
Olivier French Bistro is open Monday through Friday, 7am to 11pm and Saturday through Sunday, 10am to 11pm.