It’s sad to lose longstanding French favorite Casimir, on Avenue B, but local Francophiles needn’t fret because over the past two months Casimir’s owner, Mario Carta, has transformed the space into his new French tapas joint Pardon My French; he says Casimir had a good run of 16 years, and with his business partner Antonin Brune and a new chef he’s ready to introduce the East Village to what he says is a more fresh, modern concept, opening Monday.
“It was just time revamp it,” Carta said. Rather than the heavier traditional French dishes Casimir was known for, PMF’s Parisian chef Yllan Laloum will prepare “bistronomy”-style dishes made for sharing, like L’Epaule d’Agneau Roti (roasted lamb shoulder paired with fava beans, peas and rosemary jus, $28) and classic Magret de Carnard en Tournedos (duck breast with dates and panisee, a Parisian chickpea fritter, $26). The dessert menu features a dressed up banana split with salted caramel popcorn, dry cacao biscuit, chocolate ice cream and caramelized bananas.
Pardon My French will be open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, offering bottomless horseradish-infused vodka bloody Marys alongside classic brunch items like eggs Benedict, made Florentine or Scandinavian style, for $24.95. Brunch without the cocktails will set you back $14.95.
The newly renovated 70-seat space makes creative use of the old bar, which has been turned into a white tiled communal table. In the room off to the side, which Casimir used for large parties, there’s a new bar where mixologist Simon Sebbah will be serving cocktails like the Rough Tell, a combination of rum, 20-year-old port, maraschino liqueur, and angostura bitters infused in cinnamon. Or if a spicier drink is more your style, there’s the Dirty Tale, made with fresh jalapeño, tequila and fresh grapefruit and lime juice in a glass rimmed with spicy paprika and Himalayan sea salt.
Have a look at the menus below.
Pardon My French (103 Avenue B between 6th and 7th Street). Sunday-Friday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. The bar closes Thursday to Saturday at 4 a.m. and 2 a.m. all other days. Weekend brunch is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.