When was the last time you had French food in New York? A long time ago. if ever, perhaps. Well, don’t waste another minute–go to Bliss 46, a new French bistro, to satisfy your craving for escargots.
Located on 46th Street, just around the corner from Queens Boulevard, Bliss 46 offers an elegant ambiance and traditional French cuisine.
My dining partner and I thought we’d try Bliss 46 since it just opened on Thanksgiving Day. The chef, Esteban Rojas, once worked at Bliss Bistro, a now defunct French restaurant on Skillman Avenue. Though Bliss Bistro was an unsuccessful venture, Mr. Rojas believes there’s a place for French food in Sunnyside. I hope he’s right.
To start, we ordered the gratinee French onion soup and a small plate of mushroom ravioli. The gratinee was stellar, its gruyere ceiling oozing over the sides of the bowl. The mushroom ravioli were equally impressive, accompanied by a rich sauce and chopped mushrooms in the center of the dish.
For my entree, I ordered the traditional Coq Au Vin, which was fantastic. A stew made with red wine, the chicken was so tender it literally fell off the bones. This dish came with mashed potatoes, which were largely bland, but the texture was right.
My dining partner ordered a duck dish that came with a side of a mixture of potatoes, corn, and bacon. He offered me a sliver of the duck, and I was blown away.
For dessert, we opted for the apple tart, which arrived with delicious vanilla ice cream. Using thinly sliced scalloped apples, the tart featured a thick crust that nicely complemented the real-apple-tasting innards.
I highly recommend Bliss 46. The servers are prompt and accommodating. The only disadvantage Bliss 46 may have is its location off Queens Boulevard. While we dined, I noticed a number of people stopping to look at Bliss 46’s menu. I hope they return.
43-46 46th Street
Take the 7 to 46th Street.