MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
For an oh-so-French experience on Asian food-centric Clement, denizens head to Philippe Gardelle’s authentic bistro, where tightly spaced tables and paintings of the titular hats create a convivial atmosphere. Packed with regulars receiving bisous from the chef, Chapeau! is warm and generous, a vibe that’s aided by its strong Gallic wine list. Dishes are traditional with a bit of Californian flair, like fingerling potato chips in a friseé and duck confit salad or salted-caramel ice cream that tops the pain perdu. The cassoulet, wholesome with braised lamb, rich with smoky sausage and earthy with white beans, is perfect for a foggy night in the Avenues. Come before 6:00 P.M. on certain nights for an early bird prix-fixe, or create your own from their many set menus.