Last week, I decided to stroll in "little Paris" - this is how I call Carnegie Hill. Not only you hear lots of French speakers walking on the pavement, but almost every shop is French or carry French stuff.
Here are some of my discoveries.
Jacadi has moved to 89th street and opened Obaibi, its sister store concept, at its former location on Madison and 92nd. Obaibi is the casual version of Jacadi with a more affordable price. Until now, I basically refused to shop for French clothes in NYC when I can buy them 3 time less in Paris. But this time, I can save a flight ticket and go to Obaibi. The prices are almost the same than in Paris.
Another interesting new shop on Madison: Crewcuts. Not a French store, but they carry the natural rubber Aigle Boots and the stylish canvas Bensimon Shoes for kids
After stopping at Dean and Deluca to get a French baguette, Olive Oil from the Nice region,some saucisson and French imported Ham for dinner, I had lunch at Le Paris, the former Bistro du Nord @ 93rd and Madison. Same owner, same coziness and Gallic flavor but new menu, new decoration and new very nice waiters. I had one of the best Blanquette de Veau I ever had !
An old lady came and sit next to me. She didn't know what to pick and was going to go for the easy omelette aux fines herbes. But I convinced her to taste the Blanquette instead, explaining that it is a classic traditional meal that Grandmas make for their grandkids. She tried but somehow wasn't enjoying it as much as me as those flavors were mixed with childhood memories...
Anyway, I highly recommend Le Paris if you feel nostalgic of Paris.