Food & Drink

The Discreet Charm of the Bobo

Remember when you were a kid, summering in France with your godmother, following her to dinner parties in elegant pieds-à-terre, where you nibbled cocotte of wonders you couldn’t even pronounce?

Oh, right. That was in the movies.

Here’s the reality: Bobo, a charming new restaurant opening this week in a West Village townhouse.

The first thing you notice is the stunning and cozy design, done by Dekar. The bar and charcuterie tables are downstairs; the dining room and outdoor patio are upstairs. Chandeliers and wingback banquettes mix with old books, family photos, and cameo drawings of the staff.

Which includes French chef Nicolas Cantrel, who cooked under Alain Ducasse in France and at Country and Daniel locally. His pan-European menu includes gnocchi with chorizo; homemade almond pappardelle with porcini; and chicken grand-mere with red wine, bacon, and mashed potatoes.

Owner Carlos Suarez, inspired by his culinary trips to Europe, created a resto that sets the scene for a perfect dinner party.

And with this cast, it oughta be in pictures.

Bobo, 181 West 10th Street, at Seventh Avenue (212-488-2626).

Photo credit: Mehmet Dokumcu