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163 E 33rd St. (Lexington Ave.) Send to Phone
This perfect neighborhood restaurant serves well-executed brasserie classics at bargain prices.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cosette Restaurant Review

: Cosette may be the best little neighborhood restaurant in New York. It seems like a humble joint on this nondescript block (though James Dean used to hang out a few doors down at the residence of the late photographer Roy Schott), but regulars know they are going to get better-than-average brasserie and country classics. After all, the owner is veteran restaurateur Bernard Massuger, whose last establishment was the highly praised Orienta. Garlicky escargots, roasted cod with ratatouille, lamb shank, steak tartare, a rare hanger steak au poivre—Cosette's versions, cooked expertly by the Burkina Fasoan chef, beat those of all the crowded East Village French spots, and they cost less too. Bernard himself will probably serve you, along with the quirky cast of local regulars. And in a town of high-falutin’ pastry chefs, Cosette delivers the best tarte Tatin around.
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