August Restaurant New York | New York Guide

August (European / West Village / $$$)
359 Bleecker St (between 10th St & Charles St)
(212) 929-8727

August Restaurant New York

Maybe the menu feels more like autumn, but this intimate West Villager appeals year-round thanks to mid-priced regional European fare from a well-utilized wood-burning oven; service can be a tad casual and the quarters tight but the greenhouse-like back garden is a winner. Located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, August is a local, critically acclaimed bistro offering a diverse menu rich in the finest traditions of Europe’s food cultures, ranging from the Mediterranean to northern Europe using local and seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Terrence Gallivan, former head chef of the Modern inside the Museum of Modern Art, strives to serve deliciously authentic dishes in a charming ambiance reminiscent of Europe’s classic restaurants. the restaurant features warmly lit tables, comfortable black pews, and antique floor boards, with seating both indoors and al fresco in a heated atrium.

Boasting a wood-fired oven, August offers an original menu consisting of grilled meats and vegetables, pizzas, and cazuelas all roasted to perfection above glowing embers. In addition, the restaurant’s eclectic menu changes frequently to reflect the local climate. for example, in the summer months August will feature a bouillabaisse of Provence paired with a Bandol wine, or shrimp ala plancha with salsa verde and Verdejo. colder months may bring cassoulet from Gascogne with a deep cahors or carbonnades flamandes from Belgium with a Chimay ale. Appetizers generally range from $8 to $15 and entrees from $22 to $30. Recommended dishes from the current menu include Kleftiko of Lamb Belly ($12, grilled lamb belly, tzatziki, and black sesame), Formage de Tete ($11, pig’s head terrine, ginger-parsnip chutney, grainy mustard, and grilled bread), Oxtail Bolognese ($23, house made fettuccine, basil, and parmesan), and Oven Roasted whole Dourade ($24, preserved lemon citronette, fines herbs, picholine olives). top off the meal with the following desserts: Apple and Pretzel Tartlet ($9, doppelbock apple butter and cinnamon fromage blanc) and White Chocolate and Goat Cheese Cake ($10, gingersnaps and candied lemon). August’s wine list is specifically selected to complement each regional delicacy. moreover, the restaurant has ample variety of European beers that provide a transportive pairing to the meal.

The service is more casual than you’d imagine from a place with its prices; however, servers are still very polite and have a strong grasp of the menu and alcohol. Reservations are easier to make here than at other eateries in the same price range, so look to August for any last minute dinners.

August Restaurant New York | New York Guide

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