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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

IT'S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT THE FOOD

That's not to say the food at Le Sans Souci, a cozy French bistro in Queens, is bad. It's actually pretty good. But it’s not why we go there. We go there because the place is so damn adorable. Even the outside, with its embroidered awning and cute little porch, beckons you in. The interior features craggy stone walls, exposed rafters, and rustic wooden floors and furniture—a French farmhouse on Astoria's Greek row. The food is straightforward and for the most part done well. That is, you can get a good steak au poivre, a perfectly reliable salade nicoise, and a super-juicy pork chop. Not to mention housemade pate—how can you argue with that? But this isn’t cuisine that will dazzle, surprise, or, in all likelihood, bring The New York Times knocking (though we’ll wait and see).

Of course, that's just fine with us. Brian and I love Le Sans Souci. Once we sit down, we feel like we could stay for hours. Sometimes we do—and the waiters are always happy to let us. One may swing by to chat about her upcoming trip home to Brittany, and another to suggest we try the new rose they’re offering, but they’ll never hover or rush us out the door. As much as we enjoy checking out new places in Manhattan with their pedigreed chefs, spots like Le Sans Souci—welcoming, comfortable, and totally laid back—are the ones we tend to return to, again and again.

LE SANS SOUCI
44-09 Broadway
Astoria, NY
(718) 606-1126
“R” or “V” train to 46th Street stop

3 Comments:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its good to know that some folks appreciate the workmanship that has gone into creating the ambience that host fine food. Its often times taken for granted and its original owners/creators become lost/irrelevant like the cement used to hold the walls together. Alas the ideals of the small business owner who open a business for the love of good food and sharing, not for the profit of their pockets but for quality and an enjoyable experience as can be found in the country side of France, are not realisitic in a capitalistic system. Thankful, appreciative folks of Le Sans Souci kept it alive by saving it from having to close their doors a year ago. The original owners, designed , built, and did all the work from the floor to the ceiling. Washed each individual stone by hand and mapped it out during a black out. It took them 14 months to open...and by the time all affairs were actualized and legalized they finally opened the doors sans argent and lots of le souci. But who would have known....not really cared...after all its all business.
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Thanks agin for taken notice and appreciating the original intention for Le Sans Souci...sorry we never got to know you folks.

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