Parisian classic Benoit last night. Taken over by Alain Ducasse in 2005, the New York branch of the bistro held a one-night-only birthday bash, with a very special five-course, $100 menu. How special, you ask? Well, Monsieur Ducasse not only bypassed the expected route of a rote round-up of dishes from the bistro’s history, he recruited NYC’s top chefs, and finalists for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef New York City award, to cook alongside him and Benoit executive chef Philippe Bertineau and pastry chef Jerome Husson.In the same way that French women never get fat, French restaurants never get old. And nothing felt as contemporary than the menu at the centennial celebration of
Ducasse says he hand-picked the superstar team of Michael Anthony, Michael White and April Bloomfield because they best represent “bistro values” in New York City. Among the highlights: Anthony’s cold spin on pot au feu with spring vegetables; White’s succulent olive-oil poached halibut in crustacean jus; and Bloomfield’s filet of beef topped with a crispy cake of bone marrow. Click through the jump to see the mouth-watering menu. To 100 more years!