328 W. 12th St.
New York, NY 10014
Critics' Pick

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  • Sun, Sat 10am-3pm, Sun-Thu 5:30pm-0am, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-1am
  • $; $$; $$$
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
From its tucked-away little corner, the West Village’s intimate Recette, all tall white windows and warm incandescence, practically begs you to fall in love — be it over dinner, with dinner, or both. The space may be small, but chef Jesse Schenker’s aspirations sure aren’t, from the magnificently turned-out minimalism of sliced, marinated hamachi with uni, sea beans, and harissa, to the deep richness of Berkshire pork belly with rock shrimp, turnips, romesco, and sherry caramel, or a duck breast served with a confit leg, beluga lentils, and maitake mushrooms. We state this not as opinion but as fact, having savored all three. Our only regret was not leaving room for one of pastry chef Christina Lee’s over-the-top desserts. (Not to worry; we fell back on a selection of her sorbets.) Next time, it’s the seven-course tasting menu or bust.

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  • Recette Celebrates Five Years
    Monday, January 12, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. by Laura Shunk

    As we talk about what it means to have a restaurant like Recette (328 West 12th Street, 212-414-3000) turn five years old, one theme comes up over and over again — Jesse Schenker is very, very grateful. "It's a dream for a che...

  • Jesse Schenker: "This Is Not a Career, It's a Livelihood"
    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 2:15 p.m. by Laura Shunk

    That Jesse Schenker's cookbook collection is more than 350 volumes deep is not so much a reflection of his use of recipes at it is a window into his utter obsession with food--he thinks about his craft constantly, even when he's not...

  • Here's a Short Review of Recette
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 2:21 p.m. by Zachary Feldman

    Last week's review focused on The Gander (15 West 18th Street, 646-682-7949), Jesse and Lindsay Schenker's Flatiron follow-up to their cozy flagship Recette (328 West 12th, 212-414-3000). Now that Mr. Schenker is busting out tasty b...

  • Recette Sous Chef Audrey Villegas Has a Thing for Beans
    Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8 a.m. by Ashley Hoffman

    Recette sous chef Audrey Villegas likes to cook at 1 in the morning after the guests are gone. She has an edge-of-your-seat intensity when she talks about bean season; she got it from interning at Per Se when she was 24. After that,...

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