Antibes Bistro, 112 Suffolk Street.
When home cooking is your hobby it’s easy to become jaded about restaurants. Some high-end places are exciting, but this excitement is not part of my everyday life. Crazy dishes from hole in the wall places manned by immigrants are fun to seek out, but every now and then I want to “up my game.”
And it’s the middlebrow restaurants ($30-$60 per person for an entree, wine, an appetizer and/or dessert) that tend to make me hyper-critical. I don’t expect a trained chef to cook my supper, but I assume the menu was put together by one. The food has to be better than what I bang out in my own kitchen most nights or I’m leaving dissatisfied. I don’t expect a sommelier, white tablecloths or uniformed servers, but I want a pleasant vibe, proper service and decent wine choices. I want a place where the dining experience is lovely, and the food impressive. Antibes bistro is such a place.
120 Rivington Street
Today workers are hauling away what’s left of the interior of Festival Mexicana at 120 Rivington Street. No official word what’s happening here. Back in June, David Shemesh (Antibes Bistro) went before Community Board 3’s SLA Committee, outlining plans for a restaurant serving American food (yes, a bit vague). He wanted approval to operate between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 a.m. seven days a week. CB3 ended up voting against the proposal because Shemesh did not show at the full board meeting to sign “stipulations” mandating shorter hours. Anyone with more intel? Please let us know!
A taste of the Cote d’Azur on the Lower East Side. Traditional bistro fare with some creative touches. Good wine list. Live jazz in the evenings.
112 Suffolk, near Delancey
Mon-Sun 5-11 p.m.; weekend brunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m.