Located in the East Village, Le Village is a true hidden gem. For months now, I’ve heard SO many great reviews about the restaurant, and after checking out the bistro’s menu, I knew I had to go in and try it for myself. Le Village offers extremely NOBREAD friendly french food (which is rare!) in a quaint and casual bistro-like setting. It’s not often that I’m able to eat french cuisine; french food is often characterized by pastries, croissants, and sandwiches on phenomenal looking bread. Well, one trip to LV has changed the way I view this delicious cuisine…
Le Village offers traditional french bistro food as well as more unconventional entrees and appetizers, such as the gluten-free “French mac and cheese,” gnocchi parisian au gratin. It’s RARE that a gluten free person can eat gnocchi, and I highly recommend it; the dish was rich and decadent, just how french food is supposed to be. If you are looking for a lighter meal, I recommend the sautéed brussels sprouts with balsamic glazed strawberries and the beet carpaccio salad. I love how Le Village makes a conscious effort to cater to all dietary restrictions, and there are a number of vegan items on the menu, too, that even non-vegan diners will want to order. The menu also notes which items are low carb, like the coq au vin (a stewed chicken)! Other NOBREAD favorites include the sauteed oyster mushrooms with wilted kale, and the gluten free french onion soup. Yum!
The Management and the wait staff at Le Village are very knowledgeable of their menu and of the ingredients used in their dishes. The small and intimate restaurant makes Le Village perfect for a casual date night or a delicious dinner with friends. Next time I go to Le Village I have to save room for dessert; almost all of the dessert options are gluten free!!