Arcane

111 Ave. C
New York, NY 10009
212-777-0477

Details

  • Sun 11am-4:30pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-0am, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
  • $$$
  • Brunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Necessary
The first thing you notice when you step into Arcane is that everyone's speaking French. Indeed, this relatively unknown spot partly functions as a clubhouse for Francophones with connections to the former colonies of the Caribbean, and the menu tries to evoke the Creole cooking of that region. Called "conch fricassee" rather than by its Haitian name, "lambi," the rich stew is rife with rubbery sea creatures, and tastes great with the polished rice. There's also an estimable pork stew swimming in coconut milk, and a smaller plate of salt-cod fritters--the ultimate colonial dish--served with an oily and spicy dipping sauce. In addition, the menu features grillades of steaks and chops, and fresh seafood cooked on the griddle. Arcane could be your new island hideaway.

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