I first learned about Calliope in a New York Times review raving about this new French restaurant in the East Village. I don’t come to the East Village very often and when I do I have my staples that I love. Did I really need another one? After trying Calliope the answer was yes, yes I do!
The classic French bistro style is spot on in every detail. Unlike most NYC French Bistros, Calliope is not stuffy, but warm and full of life. It is refreshing to see a French restaurant be innovative and unique. It was a full night, so I have to warn you it is rather loud inside, but what NYC restaurant isn’t? As for the food it is inspired by southern French farmhouse cuisine. The dishes are not only classic, with the eggs mayonnaise and crispy roasted chicken, but also unique with sea urchin toast and beef tongue.
When we were seated we were given toasted sourdough bread with an anchovies spread and radishes. I already knew then that we were in for a delicious meal. We started the meal off with a rich seared Foie Gras and the lightly delicate Yellowtail Crudo.
Looking around the room each table seemed to have the same bowl of crispy brussels sprouts baked with parmesan cheese and garlic. I knew we had to order them. Sure enough the sprouts were a perfect addition to the entrees of earthy Roasted Quail with chanterelle mushrooms in a vinegar sauce, and the Hot and Sour Braised Lamb neck. Both dishes were comforting, warm, and intensely flavorful that transported us to France.
Being a seasonal menu I can’t wait to go back and try new dishes and classic favorites. I highly recommend Calliope for your next dining out experience you will not regret it!