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Le Penguin

61 Lewis St. (Mason St.) Send to Phone
A vibrant atmosphere, warm service, French cuisine and provincial flair distinguish this Greenwich neighborhood gem.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch & Dinner daily
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Le Penguin Restaurant Review

: Le Penguin exudes a fresh, bright seaside airiness. A white-washed brick façade and the restaurant’s name in bold blue lettering above give way to a quaint interior characterized by a vivid blue and yellow ochre color scheme that helps to create a certain vibrancy to the setting. The place’s logo is a jolly Emperor penguin, and a model of one stands in greeting at the front door. In a sense it denotes the atmosphere, which is one of rusticity with touches of polish. Antoine Blech (Opia in Manhattan) had a considerable space to occupy, one that left a void with the departure of Restaurant Jean-Louis, its former occupant. However, Le Penguin is no Jean-Louis. It encompasses an entirely different culinary concept comprised of creative takes on traditional dishes. Classic bistro appetizers like a chef's country pâté with cornichons are featured alongside Asian-inspired starters such as tuna tartare with wonton crisps. Main courses include a revolving roster of fish, perhaps a monkfish flambé a la pastis, and specialties --- think herb-crusted Colorado lamb. A carefully chosen French regional wine list pairs well with the fare, and a bottle of red from Bordeaux or Bourgogne would be a fine complement to some of the heartier selections. Desserts of tarte Tatin and lemon tart provide a fruity and zesty end to the meal.

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