Le Rivage - Chef Paul Denamiel
Time Out says
This staple of Restaurant Row has been serving traditional and authentic French cuisine to the diners of Manhattan for three decades. Their success is undoubtedly down to the fact that owner and chef Paul Denamiel's family have always worked restaurant biz. He grew up on the Upper East Side, where his uncle owned an eatery, while his mother ran a creperie.
Le Rivage's menu reflects the recipes Paul was taught by his French grandparents, with noticeable modern flourishes. Take the Onion Soup Burger, which rolls the best of France and America into one. Or the seafood bisque flavoured with saffron and sherry. The best way to experience it all, though, is to order the prix fixe dinner for $43 (available 3-7pm), which includes three courses.
There's a quaint and cozy atmosphere at Le Rivage, so you can happily relax and truly savour your meal – and wine. Given the French provenance, it's only natural that Denamiel has laid on a satisfying selection of vino to accompany his dishes.
Born on New York's Upper East Side, Paul has been submerged in the restaurant world from birth, spending time in the kitchen of his family's restaurants, Le Cafe Du Soir, Le Colony and La Côte D'Argent. Paul's true love for French food developed as a youth during summers spent in France where his grandparents taught him the secrets of traditional French cooking. While still in school, Paul went to work in the kitchen of La Duchesse Anne, where chef Frederique Puichaud took him under his wing and showed him what it takes to work in and run a restaurant.
After high school, armed with a love for food and with some experience under his belt, Paul went on to attend The Culinary Institute of America, where he would get the opportunity to learn everything about cooking from the ground up. While in school, Paul had the opportunity to do his externship at Le Cirque, learning from French masters Daniel Boulud and Jacques Torres. When his time at CIA came to an end, Paul traveled to France, spending a year exploring the country soaking up as much culinary knowledge as possible.
340 W 46th St
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|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat 11:30am - 11:00pm; Sun-Mon 11:30am - 9:30pm|
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