We celebrated our anniversary this year at Bâtard, Drew Nieporent's charming and elegant French restaurant in Tribeca. After having just eaten at Frenchette and Le Coucou, I was a little hesitant on choosing another French spot, but Bâtard not only meet all of our expectations, it stood out among the three as our favorite.  

I began with a lovely Steak Tartare dressed with horseradish cream and everything bagel spice.  Mr. T had read the description from the menu, commenting that this dish was meant for me and he was absolutely right.  It had all the ingredients I love, with the heat from the horseradish pairing perfectly with the silky ribbons of steak and spice. 

He chose the Carrot & Coconut Soup dotted with crispy sweetbreads, vadouvan and spiced peanuts.  There was a wonderful interplay of spicy and savory with the curry powder teasing the richness of the coconut and sweetbreads.

Lobster Tagliatelle ($8 Supplement) with fennel and seafood broth was an absolute dream.  I truly hope there wasn't any important conversation during this course because I was completely tuned out to the world and focused only on the deep ocean flavor in this dish. 

 Mr. T chose the Risotto with fennel sausage, brown butter sabayon and chicharron.  I think he loved it but I'm not honestly not sure.  I was completely lost in my lobster pasta.

For mains a gorgeous Duck Breast served with crisp apple, hazelnuts and thick chunks of foie gras...

...and Amish Chicken with trumpet royal mushrooms, black truffle and an exquisite pommes anna. 

 I was much too full for dessert but somehow that laden feeling went away once the Souffle appeared, stuffed with apples and cinnamon alongside vanilla bean ice cream.

This meal was incredible, from start to finish we were continually blown away by the dishes coming out of the kitchen.  In addition to the wonderful food Bâtard had a fantastic wine list.  We chose a beautiful Bordeaux from Pauillac with our meal then moved onto to Port & Burgundy with dessert.

At just $95 for four courses this just may be the greatest fine dining deal in the city and certainly the perfect place to celebrate an occasion. 

Batard Tribeca
239 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013