Buvette Gastrotheque is a French-inspired, small plate sanctuary nestled on 42 Grove Street. Chef Jody Williams is the mastermind behind the quaint establishment, curating the look and feel of a cafe transported from Paris all the way to the West Village. Despite the strong European influence, Buvette remains heavily rooted in the neighborhood.
Ms. Williams is a true story teller and shapes each patron’s experience with delightful enthusiasm. On the weekends, crowds of people anxiously wait for a tables to enjoy brunch. Outside the restaurant stands a lovely bicycle, welcoming each guest with a charming cork-filled basket. The interior is occupied by cast iron tables and rustic nick-nacks. Wine bottles, cookbooks and a wholehearted staff wearing button-up shirts make for a wonderful atmosphere.
Part café, part bar, part restaurant – Buvette serves as a magnificent place to catch up with a friend, yet still contains enough intimacy for the perfect date. The back room includes a farm-house style table for larger, more patient groups.
The menu is short and changes frequently but always results in a rich dining excursion. As a French bistro, it depends heavily on small plates with toast. Each of these modest luxuries will leave you wanting more, so order a few and enjoy.