Kingston >Le Canard-Enchaine
World Class French Cuisine.
I had eaten lunch at Le Canard-Enchaine twice before with a business associate but I took my wife there for dinner for the first time this evening. I consider Le Canard to be in a league with the old La Caravelle and La Côte Basque (both of which sadly closed in 2004) and Lutece in Manhattan. Although pricey for Kingston, when viewed in comparison with its equals Le Canard-Enchaine is modest in price.
I must remark on the bread and butter, which are the best in the region. The French bread has a first rate crust and the butter is fresh and sweet. I would go to Le Canard-Enchaine for the bread and butter alone.
My wife had a Bacardi rum and cook and I had a Beefeater gin and tonic, both of which were excellent. The bartender is first rate.
I started with a green salad with apple and tomato. The dressing was excellent. I also had the vichyssoise, which was amazing. Elizabeth, the charming maître d' mentioned that there is no cream used, which is mindblowing because the soup is wonderfully rich and flavorful (and low in calories too???). My wife had her favorite dish, escargot, for the appetizer and it was the best I've had, better than in Manhattan.
For the entree my wife ordered Duck a l'Orange, which was superb, flavorful and cooked exactly as she asked. I had a sliced sushi-grade tuna steak on an oriental-style salad with ginger that was exceptional as well.
The best part of Le Canard-Enchaine are the desserts, the preparation of which Jean Jacques oversees in the kitchen. No commercially bought desserts here. The creme brulee was first rate but the almond tort was mind blowing. I have never had a better cake anywhere. The espresso was excellent but my wife found the cappuccino a bit too strong for her taste.
The one real complaint is that my wife found the ambiance to be too dark.
One more point: the service is wonderful. Jean Jacques is charming as well as being a culinary genius (that was a commendation from the Parisian Le Cordon Bleu hanging on the wall, wasn't it?). Our waiter, Tony, is a wonderful guy, and Elizabeth, the maître d' was unusually charming, as was the bar tender. The friendliness compounds the warmth from the fine food.
The price tab, including 3 drinks, two bottles of Saratoga sparkling water, three appetizers, two desserts, two cups of coffee and two entrees was $168.
Overall, I must give this place a rave review. Those in the region who are unfamiliar with French cuisine might consider Le Canard-Enchaine an educational opportunity. There is no better place to learn about French food.
Better Places in Kingston. Ate there 2/13/09 quick seating friendly service very limited menu, high priced for area. Steak was just steak nothing to rave about for $38, wife had the Lamb demi glaze little to sweet for our taste, again $38. We eat out frequently in Kingston there is better food avaiable from local restaurants at half the price. Ugly Gus', Bowery Dugout, Portobello just to name a few.
In Kingston,the " Canard Enchaine ".. The best food in the Valley.There is only one Jean-Jacques!.Not even too expensive;an amazing list of wines and spirits...Jolie Elizabeth will give you a "gentil baiser" , Jean-Francois,Jean-Jacques' s young brother will have you smile with absolutely no effort..A first time,a hundredth time,visit the "canard",you will not regret it,this is a promise!
Food like New York City, service like a small town.
The food in Le Canard Enchaine is top notch, both in presentation and taste. We are from NYC, and this restaurant is better than Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Mercer Kitchen (were we ate two days latter).
Some of our company were vegetarians, and they were well pleased. The rich creamy butternut squash soup was just the right balance, not too liquidy and not too heavy. The vegetable napoleon, which was layers of veggies, such as egglant, was devine. For the entrees we had two pasta dishes and the roast chicken. The chicken was perhaps the best I've ever eaten, just melting off the bone. The pasta dishes are not served on the weekend, but the hostess was willing to make an exception for us, though we'd never seen her before. Both dishes were excellently prepared with exception sauces. The creme brulle was also quite good, and came in a large portion.
What was even more impressive than the food was the warm and friendly service.
We were there with an infant, (which was not entirely appropriate) and they had a real high chair, not the wooden ones restaurants normally supply. After the entrees the hostess mentioned that there were fireworks visible down the street and offered to hold our entrees so we could go see them. She then sent a waitress out with us to show us the best spot, which our little one enjoyed immensely. This treat must have meant that they stayed open 1/2 hour later than normal (since we were the last to leave). I can't imagine any manhatten restaurant treating perfect strangers so well.
Best Restaurant in Kingston New York. The food is always excelent.Service very profesional and friendly.Easy parking..Open most of the time.Prices are very fair and the special
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