This cozy East Village bistro is the site of a rare truce: a place where vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers coexist atop rich plates of seasonal French cooking.This cozy East Village bistro is the site of a rare truce: a place where vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers coexist atop rich plates of seasonal French cooking. Chef Didier Pawlicki has dubbed Le Village his "city within the city" and we can see why. His well-curated collection of dishes is geared to please any appetite. Transformed from his old Table Verte space, Le Village has kept the tabletops green, while adding new options for the carnivores out there. Meanwhile, if the words “vegetarian food” prompt visions of bland, cardboard-like veggie burgers floating through our heads, Chef Didier is working to banish those notions for good.
Omnivore favorites from sister restaurant La Sirène in Soho now make an appearance on the menu, lending Le Village the nickname "Petite Sirène." Pâté lovers will find peace over dual orders of the Pâté de Campagne and the Duxelles. The latter is a vegan truffled mushroom pâté that functions as a heavenly topping for the pâte sablée biscuits, which are served with juicy cornichons and dijon mustard. Or for the meat-eaters out there, the Pâté de Campagne is a rustic homemade rendition of the popular terrine. The Goat Cheese Tart and the Sautéed Bruxelles Sprouts each make for a second course that’s both savory and delicately sweet. Or for the main events, eaters of each persuasion will enjoy either the slow-cooked vegetarian Cassoulet or the juicy Coq au Vin. We’d recommend filling any room left to spare with a sweet helping of the vegan apple tart. The apples are poached in aloe and saffron for a decadent end to any dinner — meat or none. We’d say even a strict carnivore could find a happy place on this plate.
Sautéed Bruxelles Sprouts, $9.75
Duxelles (Mushroom Pate), $9.50
Pate de Campagne, $9.75
Goat Cheese Tart, $17.50
Coq au Vin, $23.75
Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.