Dine Out : Cherche Midi

Cherche Midi Review, Cherche Midi NYC, Cherche Midi restaurant, Black Label Burger

Cherche Midi is an upscale eatery located on the corner of Houston and the Bowery that serves up a range of classic French fare. The bistro styled bar and dining room is decorated with an array of globe lights, subway tiles, red leather banquettes and antique mirrors that create a warm lived in and cozy ambiance. We decided to go during Restaurant Week when we saw that their famous Black Label Burger was on the menu. This burger which is supposed to one of the very best in NYC has been on our hit list for awhile. 

We started out with the salmon tartare and burrata with heirloom tomatoes. Both dishes were light and well balanced in flavor. The Black Label Burger is made from a special Pat LaFrieda blend of high quality dry aged ribeye, short rib, skirt steak, and brisket. It is simply topped with caramelized onions and served on a lightly toasted brioche bun accompanied with butter lettuce, tomato, pickles and a generous pile of crispy pommes frites on the side. This burger was juicy, succulent and loaded with rich meaty flavor. It was good enough on it's own that my husband and I both felt that the sweetness of the caramelized onions dialed down some of it's delicious umami. I don't see us paying $32 for a burger on the regular but it's definitely worth trying once if you're a fan of burgers at all. And to be included in a $42 three course prix fixe made it more worthwhile. I don't even know how we managed to fit in dessert after that burger but I did manage a few bites of the yogurt panna cotta which was very tangy and refreshing. Panna cotta is one of the few desserts I have a weakness for. The crȇpes suzette were also good. Even though there was a lag between our dinner and dessert courses, the service was extremely accommodating and attentive overall. This is a great date restaurant and the whole experience reminded me alot of the bistros in Le Marais that we were quite fond of the last time we visited Paris. 

Are you a fan of French food? How about burgers?

Cherche Midi
282 Bowery
New York City
212.226.3055
$$$ - $$$$

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33 comments

Pooja Mittal said...

the food looks delicious
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Anonymous said...

Yum! Can't stop going back to the pic of the dessert.

Angel Pinkoolaid said...

the food looks amazing <3 I love Panacottas too!

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Ivana Split said...

salmon tartare sounds like something I would enjoy. I love eating fish- and raw fish always appealed to my taste. This seems like a great place to dine. I'm not a fan of burgers, but if one is, I do understand why one would love to try out a gastro burger ( I think they're sometimes called that, those that are served in restaurants). I don't like elitism in food, I always feel we shouldn't worry about definitions. Food preparation is what is important and if the burger is prepared in the right way, it can be a sensational meal. It all depends on the skill of the chef, doesn't it? and on ingredients naturally. Sure one won't feel like eating a 30 dollars burger every day, but once in a while, why not?

I love panna cotta! It's the perfect desert.

Kizzy Von Doll said...

Oh this looks amazing, so wonderful! I would eat here a lot :)) xx

Jackie Harrison said...

Wow fancy and delicious love how they present the plate.

Lilli said...

Yes I am Rowena! Even though I dont eat meat, I see how delish and gourmand the food was, yummy for the fries! Definitely a place to visit and enjoy in NYC. Kisses! xo

Paola Lauretano said...

Such a lovely place and delicious food!
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Style For Mankind said...

The food looks incredible! Love this!

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Emmylou MW said...

The Black Label burger sounds like it lived up to its name....nomnom...$32 is a tad pricey but what a deal that it came with the $42 prix fixe meal! And the rest of your meal looked so freaking good, Rowena! I'd stuff myself with these...hehe....

PS Forgot to tell you I saw The Wailing over the weekend! Thanks for the rec:) That's a mind bender...that one....

Gabrielle said...

The bistro-styled bar and dining room sounds ever so appealing and idea for a romantic setting, as you've suggested. As far as cuisine goes, this truly looks like something I'd enjoy. Should I ever find myself in the area, I'd most definitely give this place a try! :) Brilliant review, Rowena.

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Corinne said...

That is expensive for a burger but that place looks stunning! I wouldnt mind paying on occasion!

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Shireen L. Platt said...

I'm not the biggest fan of French cuisine or I was not a fan of my ex-bf who was French and his cooking. He also took me out to dine at French restaurants before but maybe I was young and had no idea how to appreciate different cuisine, I wasn't too thrilled about the restaurants too. That said, I am the biggest fan of burgers! I would eat one everyday if it wasn't for the massive amount of weight that I would gain. Haha!

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Kasztanowy Domek said...

Delicious food! :)

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Beauty Unearthly said...

Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

FASHION TALES said...

This seems like a good upscale place in the city for burger-lovers. I recently had a truffle (mushroom/veggie) burger that was phenomenal. I do enjoy French food. You can find some bistros and restaurants in France that actually are affordable, at least when we visit we always seem to find them, and splurge on one or two fine dining places. Often, I have noticed in locations like the US and some parts of the UK French food can get pricier for normal dishes. But, I'd try this place if I could. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week, Rowena! :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The Black Label Burger sounds really good :)

Simera H said...

Everything sounds divine! The dessert looks so good.
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Shamu Boo said...

It has been years since I had French food, or at least as close as Indianapolis came to it in the 80's :) But a burger I will take every time and especially those beautiful desserts as well :) xoxo

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Mica T said...

Yum, that food looks amazing! I haven't ever been to a French restaurant before, which is a shame. Glad you had such a delicious meal there.

Hope you're having a fantastic week :)

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Elle Sees said...

Another fab food review from YOU!

Shirley Tay said...

Rowena, I'm always intrigued by your food shots! xoxo

little luxury list said...

This is going on my list too! I do love a good burger once in a while. Panna cotta sounds like a great end to the meal - refreshing with just a little sweetness!

Cheryl van den Berg said...

That black label burger sounds like something the hubs would love -- meat, meat and more meat. The dessert looks yummy to me.

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Kelsey & Kenecha said...

Wow this place looks beautiful!

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Anonymous said...

Those fries and desserts! I love the way they display the bottles; great decoration and I get the Parisian feel as well.

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BABALUCCIA said...

Excited place to eat great food
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BABALUCCIA said...

Excited place to eat great food
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Kim Alston said...

Rowena, you sampled it at during the best time! Restaurant Week is the best! Great prices and usually there is a 3 course meal. The burger looks absolutely delicious! It's great for every now and then! I also love the ambiance of the restaurant. BUT, I bet you wouldn't give up your IN N OUT burgers!?!? Oh gosh! When you show them on your instagram feed I DROOL!
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Coco said...

I'm not a fan of French food, except for crepes, I love crepes! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

Ivana Split said...

thank you for your lovely comment dear. I quite enjoy writing book reviews and making book covers is fun too.

Maggie Dallospedale said...

Ohhh this place is so cute
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Stanislava E. said...

I am definitely a fan of gourmet burgers, and this one looks so delicious, Rowena! I actually like sweet onion, so more of it wouldn't be a problem for me. I usually feel so full after eating a burger, but good for you to have managed the dessert as well. The burger is a bit pricey, usually here they cost around $10-$15. Nice post, Rowena!