Chelsea is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan. And cheese is one of my favorite things in life. So it’s a win-win at Le Pif Wine Bar. Le Pif Wine Bar is a French wine bar with a location in Chelsea and a more quaint location on the Upper West Side. “Le Pif” is a French expression used to refer to a good wine, a sommelier or a small intuition. Fortunately for me, I was able to experience three out of three of those expressions.
Dining for brunch at a French restaurant that focuses heavily on wine and cheese is such a treat and a great break from bottomless mimosas. There are so many fromages to pick from – a cheese lovers dream. I highly recommend getting at least a small charcuterie combo. New to the wine game? Ask for a wine based on your personal preferences and selected charcuteries.
We selected the Truffle Tremor, Petit Basque, and Jambon de Paris. The Truffle is a similar cheese to brie – a semi-soft cheese. The Petit Basque is also semi-soft cheese but a little bit more hard than the truffle. It has a subtle flavor and pairs well with lightly sweet wines. The Jambon is French prosciutto. These three complimented each other beautifully and is a great combo for those new to charcuterie boards or even for those who just want a lighter fare before a meal. Since it’s brunch, I paired my meal with a light Chardonnay.
And for the show stopper, we tried the Parisenne flatbread. A cheese dreeeeammmmm. I felt so guilty eating so much cheese in one sitting but it was definitely worth it. The Parisenne flat bread is Béchamel, jambon de paris, gruyere. Basically, delicate pork in between two layers of cheese atop a thin, flaky bread. I will say I wish I chose a red wine to accompany this dish but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Check out Le Pif’s Chelsea location located at 465 W. 23rd St and tell me what you ordered!