Monday, February 29, 2016

Say "Cheese!"

Raclette NYC
195 Avenue A
b/t 1 th & 13th Streets
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If you are not familiar with raclette, I thought I'd provide with the official definition:
Raclette is a semi-firm cow's milk. It is most commonly used for melting. It is also a Swiss/French dish based on heating the cheese and scraping off the melted part. 

I first heard of and enjoyed raclette while on a trip to France with my brother and my mom.  We ventured off the beaten path in Lyon to a raclette restaurant and our jaws dropped when we walked in and saw a giant wheel of cheese under a heater.  Definitely one of the highlights of the trip!  
The server brought the entire block of cheese over to our table and "racler" or scrapes the melted cheese onto our plates.  It's traditionally served with roasted potatoes, cured meats, cornichons, and white onions.  

I thought I'd also provide you with a few "Miss Menu" definitions:

Raclette / Holy shit, melted cheese for dinner!
 
Raclette / A tiny, adorable, delicious restaurant in Alphabet City.  It seats 14 people, is usually booked solid every night for dinner, and is the source of the best meal I've had so far in 2016!

The space is so tiny, and that's even after some recent remodeling, that you have to turn sideways to get to the bathroom.  But what they lack in square footage, they make up for in so many ways. 

1 - The food
What we ordered...
Savoyarde - Raclette cheese, melted and scraped tableside, roasted potatoes, cornichons, pickled white pearl onions, sliced baguette, and arugula salad with champagne vinaigrette

Croque Americain - Caramelized onions, leek fondue, roasted garlic, & white english cheddar on toasted pain poilane
Our server recommended this croque, and described it as French onion soup in sandwich form.  She wasn't joking.  And it was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had - I didn't want it to end!

Photos do not do the entire raclette experience any justice. So, I present to you scraping/"racler" in action! 


2 - The service
The server was fantastic...so friendly, so helpful in explaining the different menu options, and so knowledgeable about the different types of cheeses they have available.

3 - Fun dining experience
You can watch the cheese start to melt and bubble under the heater.  You can hold back your drool as she scrapes the melty goodness onto your plate.  While both incredible on their, they were made even better with Raclette being BYOB!

In addition to ordering from the options on the menu, you can also build your own raclette with a variety of different meats, cheeses, and veggies. 

I am definitely going back to try more of these out very soon! Raclette, je t'aime!

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