Le Midi

11 E. 13th St.
New York, NY 10003
Le Midi

Liz Barclay


  • Sun 11:30am-10pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am
  • $$$
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
The name of the restaurant, Le Midi, is the familiar term French people use to refer to the southernmost reaches of France. But Le Midi is not a Provencal restaurant--rather, it's a Parisian-style bistro that constructs its menu out of standards, plus a few regional fillips such as an actual French bistro might have. The onion soup is perhaps the best in town: a vast crouton oozing Gruyere, floating like the result of a shipwreck in a sea of dark oniony broth. Other preferred dishes include a half-chicken braised in Riesling and a frisee salad with huge lardoons, for you bacon lovers out there. One of the few actual Provencal offerings on the menu--a rabbit in a tomato-and-fennel sauce--is also well worth ordering. Decorated with abstract paintings, the premises housing Le Midi was once the loading dock for a Woolworth's, and the gray, poured-concrete interior has largely been retained, making every splash of color that appears on the plate a welcome diversion.

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    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. by Mallory Stuchin

    Tejal Rao took a break from professional eating this week, but our own Robert Sietsema kept at it by checking in at Le Midi Bistro. Located in a former East Village Woolworth's building and karaoke den, Sietsema notes in his review ...

  • Le Midi: Revenge of the Bistro
    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 7 a.m. by Robert Sietsema

    Onion Soup -- On the subject of this classic soup associated with Paris -- featuring a cheese-soaked crouton floating on top of a sweet dark broth -- Patricia Wells quotes R.J. Cortine in her classic book Bistro Cooking: "The onion ...

  • Le Midi Bistro: Adieu, Karaoke!
    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 3 a.m. by Robert Sietsema

    "I read on Grub Street that this restaurant was once a loading dock behind a Woolworth's on 14th Street," my companion observed, chewing on the last delectable bite of port-poached pear. "What's Woolworth's?" I joked. The pear was t...


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