Minetta Tavern-Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern

by Naima Sanowar

in Drink,Food,New York

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The next couple of months I will be obsessing on anything French, English and Belgian. I am too excited about The Epicurean Man, Karate Boy and my Easter holiday in London, Paris and Belgium. To get in the mood, I am seeking out any adventures that encompass some part of these three countries. I had the pleasure of planning a surprise birthday lunch for my dear Mummy friend Tamara with a few of her close friends. It was a covert operation with her loving hubby ( we shall call him S) as my partner in crime. S and I had our hands full, trying to keep it a secret from Tamara, she is a whipper snapper and very smart at figuring out such things instantly.

A two hour lunch, during the week and somewhere fabulous and perfect for a foodie such as Tamara. Thinking along the lines of French, I choose Minetta Tavern in the West Village.

Minetta Tavern was opened in Greenwich Village in 1937. The Tavern was named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River.Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O’Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould, as well as by various writers, poets, and pugilists.

I also have a slight obsession with Ernest Hemingway, this bit of information ,that he frequented the Tavern, was all it took for me to choose this ” fabulous birthday lunch” worthy for Tamara. Keith McNally, Lee Hanson, and Riad Nasr have worked together since 1997 on three restaurants: Balthazar, Pastis and Schiller’s. In March 2008 they became partners in Minetta Tavern. Since then it has become one of the hottest places to see and be seen in. Did I mention it is also - 2011 and 2012 Michelin Rated.

The plan was set in motion, I took Tamara to the Minetta Tavern under the guise of a simple lunch date to celebrate her birthday. We entered  to be greeted by four close friends. She seemed very happy and we all had the yummiest lunch and cocktails, giggling and chatting about all sorts of things under the sun. The icing on the cake was when her hubby S, made a grand appearance for the birthday cake ceremony. It was such a spectacular lunch, for those two hours, we did feel like we were  in a fabulous Parisian restaurant …..in Paris.

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Judia Black February 3, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Looks like you all are having such a great time! Minetta Tavern is definitely a special place. Last time I was there, I saw Former President, Bill Clinton with Senator, Hillary Clinton and Chris Noth (Sex and the City’s Mr. Big,”) all in the same night! Gotta love New York!!

Naima Sanowar February 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

WOW all in one day !!!! I love Minetta Tavern Judia, we must do lunch there one day soon.

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