French cuisine is back in vogue in New York and fittingly Bushwick’s Central Ave stop has a new bistro called Le Garage.
From Grub Street:
You might say that Rachel Allswang has been postponing the inevitable. She grew up in her mother Catherine’s restaurants in San Francisco and Paris, before trying her hand at interior design in New York. Now Catherine (who still runs three spots in Paris, including La Laiterie Sainte Clotilde) and Rachel have combined their talents to open this 60-seat space encompassing four renovated lots — one that was formerly used to raise pigeons. No squabs on the menu here, just some of Catherine’s neo-bistro dishes like duck-fat potatoes with béarnaise and glazed flounder with sorrel jus. Rachel, who designed the restaurant (open kitchen, concrete floors, burnt-orange banquettes), heads the front of the house, but mom still rules the kitchen.
From the NY Times:
Catherine Allswang, a native of Normandy, has owned and cooked in restaurants in San Francisco and Paris. Her daughter, Rachel, an interior designer who grew up at her mother’s side in the kitchen, has teamed up with her to open a place in New York. They have turned a former garage in Bushwick, Brooklyn, into an intimate restaurant, largely French, where the temptations on a concise menu include steamed mussels, foie gras with winter radishes and beets, potatoes stuffed with snails, pork shoulder braised in milk, and chicken for two. Creative cocktails are named for Frenchwomen like Simone de Beauvoir, who is represented by an alluring mix of Byrrh aperitif, Dolin dry vermouth, orange bitters and tonic water. The décor, by Rachel Allswang, combines hard-edged industrial and sleek Art Deco
There’s mom and pop and then there’s mother and daughter, which is the scene at Bushwick’s latest restaurant Le Garage, a French-accented eatery that opened up on Central Avenue a few days ago. Catherine and Rachel Allswang are cooking up homey French dishes like roasted chicken and moules marinieres in their sun-dappled spot with its bright yellow accent wall and simple, post-industrial decor. The spot’s hard to miss from the outside: just look for the spray painted garage doors rimmed in canary.
The French-born duo are dividing up front and back of house operations, with mom lending her years of restaurant kitchen experience to the food while daughter handles service and design. Many of the dishes are familiar with tweaks and twists from the duo’s experiences abroad, like radishes accented by sesame salt ($5), mussels “their way” ($9/14) and confit charlotte potatoes stuffed with snails ($13).
Cocktails run a market-rate $9-12 and focus on French aperitifs with a tight wine list by the glass ($8-11) or bottle ($30-68)
Le Garage, 159B Central Ave., entrance on Suydam St., Bushwick; no phone yet.