Le Périgord Celebrates 50th Anniversary with a Special Prix Fixe Menu
“Back to the Future” Dishes: Quenelles, Lobster Thermidor, Beef Wellington and Soufflé au Grand Marnier
Since 1964, Le Périgord has been proud to serve classic French cuisine in an elegant setting in midtown Manhattan. Under the friendly but vigilant eye of its founder, Georges Briguet, Le Périgord remains one of New York’s premier culinary destinations at 405 East 52nd Street and is now marking fifty years of service.
In celebration, Briguet and Chef Joel Benjamin are pleased to offer a special prix fixe dinner menu that reminds gourmets of why French cuisine is still the reference point the world over. With Le Périgord’s dishes inspired as much by Auguste Escoffier, the “King of Chefs and Chef of Kings,” as by France’s and America’s contemporary masters, Le Périgord’s new fiftieth anniversary menu offers a tempting selection of appetizers, main courses and desserts which will delight .
Briguet recalls Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton coming to dine in the early days of Le Périgord as clearly as he remembers recently welcoming Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Whether celebrities or first-time guests, with Briguet’s warm welcome diners will find comfy banquettes, tables clothed in fine white linen, and waiters dressed immaculately in smart tuxedos.
The New York Times has called it “a French restaurant the way French restaurants used to be,” while New York Magazine selected Le Périgord as “Critic’s Pick” in 2013. Beyond critical acclaim for its food and smart ambiance, tributes to its owner have been as numerous as they are complimentary:
“The Briguets…take pride in Le Périgord’s longevity and in its commitment to upholding standards of cuisine and hospitality that are far from gone in New York and a reminder of what civilized dining truly means.”
Former New York Times restaurant critic Bryan Miller says:
“George has waved the flag of classic French cuisine for half a century, with vigor, dedication, and a big mischievous smile. His superb and welcoming staff always make dining at Le Périgord feel like going home—although few of our moms serve superb quenelles de brochet. In my tenure as a restaurant critic for The New York Times I dined out 5,000 times, and amid that crowded stadium of memories, Le Périgord forever glitters brightly.”
Antoine Bouterin, Le Périgord’s Chef (1982-1995):
“Le Périgord, a memorable, constructive time in my career. Thanks and Happy 50th Anniversary.”
New York restaurateur Drew Nierporent, who worked at Le Périgord in the early 1980s, says:
“For 50 years, George Briguet has been New York’s consummate host. Le Périgord continues to be a timeless beauty!”
Charles Masson, former General Manager of La Grenouille Restaurant, New York:
“Dear Georges, you began with my father…in 1962. You stayed the course, still on 52nd Street, when you opened with Willy Krause, our first chef….The first 50 are the toughest, may the next 50 bring much continued and well-deserved success and joy.”
Compliments and tributes aside, don’t forget to ask for Le Périgord’s fabulous Grand Marnier soufflé or to choose a dessert from their legendary “temptation trolley,” which offers such timeless favorites as tarte Tatin, chocolate mousse and floating islands.
Le Périgord’s extensive, award-wining wine list includes a fine selection of both old and recent vintages, all at sensible prices; a private dining room is also available for special events.
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