Although Encore Bistro is new to Rye and Purchase Street, many of its patrons will not be new to it, since they have enjoyed their Larchmont location for 14 years.
By Tom McDermott
Although Encore Bistro is new to Rye and Purchase Street, many of its patrons will not be new to it, since they have enjoyed their Larchmont location for 14 years. What’s more, owner David Masliah, a native of Lyon, France, is not new to Rye either, having worked and trained at La Panetière, where he met his American wife Karen over 20 years ago.
In fact, just prior to opening his charming bistro in Larchmont, where there was a sizable French population, he wanted to open one here. “But, I thought at the time, ‘One day, I will get to Rye’,” he said. That day came two weeks ago and the newest Encore Bistro is now open daily for lunch and dinner, and brunch on Sunday.
Upon entering the restaurant, both new and seasoned patrons will be immediately transported to a Lyonnais brasserie experience, with small tiles on the floor, a sizable bar behind a dark wood partition, and mirrored menus on the wall. Manager Nicolas Marilhet, formerly of Le Figaro in Greenwich, and his experienced staff will be ready to serve you.
The menus at the two restaurants are the same, both overseen by Executive Chef Erwen Perez. Winter offerings like cassoulet and boef bourguignon have now given way to somewhat lighter fare for spring and summer.
Encore serves French classics. For dinner, start with Moules Provençales or Foie Gras “au torchon.” Continue with Sole Limande en Papillote or a paella; or you might prefer Carré D’agneau Persillé (herb roasted lamb with garlic sauce), or Magret de Canard Rôti . And, of course, there is the perennial favorite, Steak Frites. For those who like to indulge themselves once in a while – moi pour example – go for the Ris De Veau (sauteed sweetbreads).
The $14.50 prix fixe lunch menu changes regularly and diners can choose one each from three appetizers, entrées, and desserts. Lunch portions are kept a little lighter, since many patrons will be busy for the rest of the day, something that is true even in France today.
Dessert? Yes, please. I always have profiteroles, but crepes, crème brulée, or chocolate fondat will do just fine. Or, maybe you prefer some fromages?
Encore’s wine list, by the glass or bottle, is eclectic and well-priced.
For reservations call 481-8833 or visit www.encore-bistro.com. n