- East Village
Come in with friends and order a plate of their frites in all of their golden, lovingly salted glory, and you may insist everyone get their own next time.Casimir is a bohemian bistro with a Parisian heart and an East Village soul. Even when it's awash in afternoon light, the spot exudes an intimate, after-hours kind of cool; the candles and eclectic details make you want a Moleskine, a Hemingway paperback and a table of your most interesting friends and lovers. Once you've gathered them here, you can treat them to French classics, expertly executed and achingly delicious: the duck confit and steak frites grilled to perfection. Tie it together with a bottle of Cotes du Rhone and say a toast—to New York, to affordable French food and to the long life of this neighborhood landmark.
Casimir has a casual elegance achieved not through white table cloths and rigid waiters, but through funky bits of decor (antique French signage, Moroccan mosaics), an ivy-covered patio and dark wood tones straight from the Left Bank. Come in with friends and order a plate of their frites in all of their golden, lovingly salted glory, and you may insist everyone get their own next time. Of course, you can also guard your perfect supply of fries by loading the table with other shareable delights. The Casimir country pate and salmon tartare are brilliant in their simplicity, and offer the perfect distraction, or move on to the duck confit with crispy skin or monkfish brochettes, with the perfectly cooked seafood on skewers served over rice. Every dish is bright, flavorful, and in no way fussy; these are French bistro standards delivered in such a way that makes you long to eat them regularly (and priced so accessibly you could actually afford to do so).
Casimir Country Pate, $9
Goat Cheese Salad, $10
Salmon Tartare, $10
Steak Frites, $24
Duck Confit, $20
Monday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, 5:30 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to midnight
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.