This past Saturday, MM and I went to dinner with one of my girlfriends and her family and some close friends for her birthday. Her sister’s boyfriend is one of the owners of Patois and Grotta Azzurra in Little Italy, and he was nice enough to host the dinner at Patois. It is an interesting concept to have an Italian restaurant connected to a French restaurant – and by connected I don’t just mean next to one another – they share restrooms…and desserts!
There are old standards on the menu (mussels, coq au vin, beet salad, pate, skirt steak), hard liquor at the bar, and a classic French bistro vibe. Service was not the most pleasant – the cranky male waiters made you feel as though you should in fact be serving them for allowing you in their restaurant. The food and our company made up for what they lacked, though.
All in all, it was a nice experience with the big windows open for people to enter and a warm summery breeze flowing through. It did feel authentically European, but I think next time MM and I will have to try the Italian side to truly test that!