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A Killer French Dip at Maison Pickle

unnamedNews of a respectable restaurant opening on the Upper West Side is always notable.  And Jacob’s Pickles proved a welcome addition indeed when it opened on Amsterdam a few years ago — serving southern-styled comfort food, craft beer and of course, plenty of house-brined pickles.  Well, the affection seems to be mutual, as the eatery has proved faithful to the neighborhood with its reason expansion; debuting Maison Pickle a short jaunt away on Broadway.

French+DipG.L4Aside from a “nosh” of vinegared crudité, the pickle influence is negligible this time around.  As for the “maison” part of the name, there is indeed a French bent to the menu, but don’t expect faithful renditions of bourride and quenelles a la Le Coucou.  Instead, the lineup favors American appropriations of French foods, from gruyere-bombed onion soup and duck fat fries, to chicken and shrimp francese and smoked blue fish nicoise.

large_Maison-Pickle-French-Dip-01But it’s the French dip that’s been positioned as something of a maison specialty, with five different variations on offer.  Owing nothing whatsoever to France (except for the banh mi-like bread), the entirely American invention is presented in its most classic iteration — boasting thinly sliced roast beef, doused in jus, with more on the side for dipping, as well as a restrained restaurant flourish of horseradish aioli and a side of pickled peppers.  But that’s just the jumping off point — fried onions and fondue get thrown into the mix for the “Deluxe,” the “Cochon” swaps in pork as the protein, slathered in spiced apple compote, and there’s a “Lamb” entry as well, MP_Food_FrenchDipRoyalerubbed with sprightly mint chimichurri.  And then there’s the “Royale,” which rings in at $37 (the “Classic is $18), but for legitimate reason; the whole thing’s crowned with fat, cross-hatched lobes of Hudson Valley foie gras.

Maison Pickle may have more kinship with over-the-top America than moderate France, but it’s certainly not lacking in joie de vivre.

Maison Pickle
2315 Broadway
(212) 496-9100
maisonpickle.com

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