Jane

Since it’s been a while since we had brunch, the Boyfriend and I headed over to Jane in the South Village. I had made reservations on OpenTable before I left my house and I’m so glad I did because when we arrived around 12:45pm it was packed! Granted it was the day before New Years Eve but it was still a Monday! We were seated immediately after we checked in, which was a plus. Judging from the amount of people waiting by the door, I thought we would’ve had to wait despite our reservation.

Despite the fact that I walked in craving French Toast, after looking around me and seeing everyone else’s delicious sandwiches, I opted for a BLT + E, which is a classic BLT with bacon, lettuce and tomato with an added sunny up egg and lemon aioli ($14.00). It comes with a huge side of fries, which is definitely more than enough to fill you up. In fact, I was too full to finish all my fries! The addition of the sunny up egg was amazing – the runny yoke added so much flavor to the otherwise typical BLT.

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The Boyfriend went with the Avocado Sandwich ($14.00), which features avocado with goat cheese, cucumber, sprouts, tomato, and red onion on multigrain bread. Instead of fries, it comes with a side of of mixed greens, making the entire dish super healthy. The Boyfriend and I split our sandwiches so we could try them both. Although the avocado sandwich got messy to eat, it was very refreshing and light.

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We ended up our meal with their Seven Layer Chocolate Cake ($8.00), which features a stiff chocolate cake with chantilly cream, whipped ganache, and chocolate sauce. I love stiffer chocolate cakes so this was perfect for me. I hate when I cut into a cake and it falls apart because it’s too soft! The cake was not too sweet, which was amazing. I highly recommend this dessert!

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Service was attentive enough. Despite the packed dining room, our dishes were cleared when we finished and our food arrived in a timely manner. I definitely want to be back to try out their French Toast since everyone else seemed to be ordering it if they weren’t ordering sandwiches that day!

Le Midi

For our annual Christmas Eve dinner, the Boyfriend + his family decided on Le Midi in Flatiron. It’s often hard to find restaurants that will host a large party without requiring a prix fixe so Le Midi gets serious props for offering us the normal menu. The Boyfriend and I arrived a bit early so we had a drink by the bar. A Rum & Coke with Bacardi was $9.00, which I thought was reasonable.

After the rest of our party arrived, we were seated with menus and given plenty of time to look it over. For my appetizer, I opted for the Country Duck Terrine ($11.00), which is served with toasted bread and miniature veggies. The terrine, which is very similar to pate, was very good. It was flavorful without being overly gamey. The portion size was rather big so I was starting to feel full before I even received by entree, which I completely underestimated in size!

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And boy was my entree huge! I opted for the Entrecôte ($34.00), which is a premium cut of steak near the rib area of the cow. It is served with string beans, maître d’hôtel butter & potatoes au gratin. The string beans were really good and paired really well with the steak. Despite it’s large size, I was able to finish the entire steak – while it was a big steak, it wasn’t thick and chewy at all.

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For dessert, the Boyfriend and I opted to share a Creme Caramel, which is their take on flan. It’s tiny size was perfect to cleanse our palates after such a salty meal and not fill us up!

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Le Midi. The prices are affordable (they have an early bird prix fixe!) and the service was good. We were there for over three hours and they didn’t rush us once. I definitely want to go back to give the other items on their menu a try!

Quick Tip: The Seared Duck Breast is to die for!