26 Seats

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Danielle Parhizkaran

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East Village
Pray for interesting conversations at the other 25 seats in this half-pint of a restaurant, because you’re bound to hear them. The waitstaff navigates the cramped quarters with cheer, displaying more zip than you’ll find in the food. The pissaladière, with caramelized onions atop a flaky crust, could have spent a few more minutes in the oven, and the main dishes—chicken in mustard sauce, bland striped bass—were too timid. Side dishes, such as moist sweet-corn cake and a pavé with tissue-thin potato slices, fare better, as does the big, punchy salad of Roquefort, endive and apple. Profiteroles wade in a pool of crème anglaise.
Venue name: 26 Seats
Contact:
Address: 168 Ave B
New York
10009
Cross street: between 10th and 11th Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30–11pm; Fri, Sat 5:30–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave
Price: Average main course: $14. AmEx, MC, V
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