Le Périgord Restaurant



The Rise of the Gourmet Staff Meal

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By Charles Passy | The Wall Street Journal | Feb. 16, 2016

Restaurant staff gets benefit of cooks’ experience at nightly ‘family meals.’

Staff meals, known as the ‘family meal,’ take on greater importance as restaurateurs and chefs increasingly see it as a way of setting the tone for service that day and keeping morale high among employees.
See what The Wall Street Journal has to say about Le Périgord.


Chefs Combine Nostalgia and Seasonality in Warm Desserts

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From Nation’s Restaurant News | January 7, 2016 | By Bret Thorn

Le Périgord, a classic French restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, has a “Temptation Wagon” laden with desserts that rolls up to every table. The treats are included in the restaurant’s $75 prix-fixe menu.

Nonetheless, owner Georges Briguet says about three quarters of his customers order a warm soufflé, which is $8 à la carte or a $6 supplement to the prix-fixe menu.

Operators of newer restaurants also report that their warm desserts are attracting crowds. For some, the physical comfort of something warm at the end of the meal, plus the emotional comfort of the desserts’ sweetness and richness, are enough to satisfy customers. Others are using seasonal ingredients, nostalgic whimsy, pop culture references or contrasting temperatures to add extra allure to dishes….read more ››

Contact Bret Thorn at bret.thorn@penton.com.
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NewYork.com says “Peek into the history of NYC’s refined restaurant past” at Le Périgord

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From Kathleen Squires, NewYork.com

Frog Legs at Le Perigord

If you’ve ever wanted to peek into the history of NYC’s refined restaurant past, there are very few options to visit these days. There’s the Four Seasons, for one, which will soon undergo a massive transformation when taken over by the Major Food Group (Carbone, Dirty French, etc.). There’s La Grenouille, which has been undergoing some changes itself, with a shift in partnership. And then there is Le Perigord, which celebrated its 51st birthday this year, and has barely changed a whit since opening.

Georges Briguet and his family still run the restaurant. The waiters still wear tuxedos and provide tableside service. You can always count on a celebrity being in the room. (In 1964, it might have been Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In 2015, it could be regulars Tyne Daly or Henry Kissinger). And the best part: you can still find expertly-executed classics that have been on the menu since opening day in 1964. Among them: frog legs ($28), sautéed in butter, garlic, shallots, lemon juice and white wine–plump, juicy and full of classic French flavor.

To explore more throwback dishes, take advantage of the restaurant’s 50th anniversary prix-fixe menu, $75 for three courses, where classics cycle on and off. Other dishes to wax nostalgic over: lobster thermidor, duck l’orange, and a Grand Marnier soufflé.

See the full article and photo at NewYork.com ››


The Daily Meal Says—Le Périgord: Classic French Dining as It Should Be

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Dan Myers, the Eat/Dine Editor for The Daily Meal since November 2012.

There was once a time when upscale dining in New York City was synonymous with high-end French fare, and dishes like Dover sole, duck à l’orange, and pike quenelles were as commonplace on fine-dining menus as $25 burgers are today. At the height of this trend, in the mid-1960s, now-vanished restaurants like Lutèce, La Côte Basque, and La Caravelle weren’t just restaurants, they were temples to fine dining, serving not only a white tablecloth experience but a sense of theatricality that’s all but vanished from the dining scene, with an exuberant host greeting you at the door (who oftentimes was also the owner), a polished maître d’, captains running service and plating dishes tableside with a whole lot of flair, diners in jackets and ties, and a sense of elegance that permeated the whole experience.

If you’re looking for that experience today, your options are limited. La Grenouille is still going strong, but good luck dining there without taking out a second mortgage on your house. If you’re looking to capture that old-fashioned high-end dining experience, your best bet is to head to Le Périgord.

“Bonjour, bonjour! How many are you?” you’ll hear as you walk through the door, delivered with a smile by none other than owner Georges Briguet, who’s been at the helm with his wife Marie-Thérèse since he first opened it in 1964. Briguet is a living legend, and as he escorts you to your table you get the sense that he’ll make sure that your meal goes off without a hitch. And a recent dinner there, by the invitation of the restaurant, was definitely an experience to remember.

Meals inside this comfortable 100-seat dining room (which was recently spiffed up but hasn’t changed much since Liz Taylor and Richard Burton famously dined there in 1964) progress at a leisurely pace, and it’s clear that nobody there is in a hurry. You’ll be halfway through your cocktail before you see a menu, and once your meal is through, nobody will rush you out.

Read the full article at TheDailyMeal.com ››


Rebecca West at Meals and Reels says, “Treat Yo Self!”

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Rebecca West at MealsAndReels.com posted a nice review after visiting Le Perigord recently. In her own words:

Meals and Reels is known to dine in more casual or occasionally upscale casual venues, due to the fact that we are 20 somethings living in an overpriced city (That we LOVE… don’t get me wrong). We take pride in exposing some of the smaller venues that may not be as well known and showcasing mouth watering plates that don’t break the bank.

Now, once in awhile we want to go all out and like Aziz and Donna in Parks and Reck would say “Treat Yo Self!”

Le Perigord is an iconic French restaurant that is literally the perfect go-to for a special date night. They’ve been open since 1964 and when you experience the beautiful and flawless dishes for yourself, you will know why. The tables are lined with white linen and the wait staff, in tuxedos, know everything there is to know about each dish and make great suggestions if you aren’t exactly sure what you’re in the mood for.

The New York Times calls it “a French restaurant the way French restaurants used to be”.

We ordered the Dover Sole and Duck, which was literally prepared table side…very, very impressive. The entire experience was visually beautiful and the plates were absolutely phenomenal. If you don’t want to order a la carte, there is both a lunch and dinner pre-fix menu that is filled with mouth watering options.

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BELLA Celebrates French Restaurant Week with Le Périgord

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By Boston Scarlette, a former Kitchen Assistant at Natural Gourmet Institute and the founder of GirlsOnGrub.com—a food website designed to empower the female culinary point of view.

Bella New York dined at Le Périgord, one of New York’s established restaurants and member to this year’s French Restaurant Week (July 13-19, 2015). Celebrating fifty years with an extensive renovation, Le Périgord still serves classics with sophistication like Duck a L’Orange, Filet de bœuf grillé ou Wellington sauce Périgourd and our favorite Poulet rôti au vin jaune du Jura morilles et gratin Dauphinois. The morrilles were amazing and the gratin addicting.

Read the full article at bellanyc.com and tweet Boston Scarlette @BostonScarlette why you love french food and Le Périgord!


Celebrate French Restaurant Week at Le Périgord

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In honor of Bastille Day on July 14, French Restaurant Week kicked off in New York City on Monday, July 13 and runs through July 19. Commemorating the start of the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille, Bastille Day is a national celebration in France. As the French have contributed so much to America’s culinary culture, and, in particular, New York’s, restaurants around the city are celebrating with delicious dining deals and dishes.

We’re excited to be part of this year’s event and will be offering a special dinner menu of $178.90 for dinner for four!




Mixed Green Salad
Soup of the Day
Pâté du Chef with celery remoulade and ratatouille
Vegetable Tart with Tangy Butter Sauce


Bay Scallops with vegetables risotto
Roasted Free Range Chicken in Wine Sauce and potatoes Gratin
Loin of Lamb Barigoule
Roasted Salmon with Salmon Saffron sauce, Provencal style Vegetables


Trio of Desserts
Fruit Salad



Le Périgord Listed as One of OpenTable’s Restaurants to Celebrate Bastille Day

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We’re excited that OpenTable listed Le Périgord as one of only a handful of “très magnifique” French restaurants in the U.S. where you can celebrate Bastille Day. In their own words:

For over five decades, this Manhattan mainstay has been setting the bar for the classic French dining experience. The service is impeccable; the linens are pure white and crisp; the food a stirring reminder why France’s food is considered some of the best in the world. Hone in on the velveteen lobster bisque, veal medallions accented with morel sauce, and whatever strikes your fancy on the pastry trolley for dessert.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Come to Le Périgord for Bastille Day—or any day—for an experience that is très magnifique!

Read the full article at OpenTable.com


Le Périgord is Proud to Participate in National Sustainable Seafood Week

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Le Perigord is proud to be a part of the growing conversation about seafood in connection with sustainable food by participating in the New York City edition of National Sustainable Seafood Week, June 22 -28. The week is dedicated to raising the profile of the importance of maintaining the world’s seafood supply eating only fish and shellfish that have been caught or farmed in ways that consider the long term vitality of harvested species and the well being of the oceans, as well as the livelihoods of fishing dependent communities.

The week gives an educational, collaborative and tasty face to the sustainable seafood movement, which began in the 1990s, and involves more than 40 restaurants highlighting dishes featuring responsibly sourced seafood, along with a series of events such as an oyster farm tour and tasting and a guided tour of the new Fulton Fish Market.

All of the fish and seafood served at Le Perigord is deemed sustainable, but for this special week, we will showcase our Dover sole with lemon butter meuniere sauce, or grilled with mustard sauce, which has been one of our most popular dishes since we opened more than 51 years ago on April 1, 1964. In fact, for the first time, we will share our recipes for it during National Sustainable Seafood week on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/leperigord. They will be available on the page throughout the week.

For more information about National Sustainable Seafood Week in New York City, its programming and participating restaurants, visit: http://www.sswnational.com/nyc/



Le Périgord Featured in The Daily Meal

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New York’s Le Perigord Celebrates 50 Years of Bouillabaisse, Elizabeth Taylor, and Roast Duck

Le Perigord owner Georges Briguet spoke with The Daily Meal about some of the famous stars and dishes the restaurant has served in its 50 year history.

By Helaina Hovitz, Special Contributor |  The Daily Meal ››

In New York, where hundreds of restaurants open and close their doors within a year’s time, Le Perigord has withstood the test of time for 50 of them.

How did they do it?

By avoiding “fusion confusion,” reserving a special booth for their most high-profile clientele, making friends with the U.N., and removing a fish soup from the menu that made one patron so angry that he had to be restrained from attacking the chef (actually, after forty years, that soup has officially made a comeback as of this week).

We’ll let owner Georges Briguet tell you all about it.

You have seen an impressive amount of returning celebrity clientele over the past half-century.
We’ve been lucky to welcome so many very, very famous – and sometimes infamous – people. In fact, it was a picture of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton leaving Le Perigord the year we opened that first put the restaurant map. At the time, they were the most scandalous couple in the world. We still call the curved banquette in the back of the dining room ‘the Liz Booth’ because that is where they always sat.  Much more recently, it has been the favorite of Angelina and Brad Pitt.

Of all those people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, I always thought Ronald Regan was the most special, the most charismatic. Until he came in one night with Charlton Heston, who had the best personality of anyone I’ve ever met.

Which dishes have remained on the menu since day one?
The buffet froid as an appetizer, the clams and oysters with sauce mignonette, the cold foie gras with sauterne aspic, escargots in hazelnut butter, and the vegetable tart with tangy butter sauce. For entrées,  the sea bass with creamy country mustard sauce; the Dover sole; rack of lamb; veal kidneys; and the roasted duck, carved tableside and served with seasonal fruits, although it did come off the menu for a few months about 15 years ago. So many customers were upset, we had to put it back on. Bob Bradford, the husband of the famous author Barbara Taylor Bradford, told me he would not set foot in Le Perigord until he could order the roast duck again.

Are there any changes to the menu you refuse to make?
All of those dishes that have been on the menu all these years — none of them can come off.  When people make their reservations, they know what they’re going to have. They count on those dishes, which are our most popular.

How do you define ‘old-school’ French cuisine, and how do you reconcile it with the ‘new school’ approach?’
I don’t reconcile them. I know only one way, which I think is the right way, our way. We have a new young talent in the kitchen, who is doing exciting daily specials that are more modern, but they still select the more traditional  food served in France that has evolved to incorporate a wider palate of spices and ingredients. In fact, soon, we’re going to present a daily tasting menu, probably five courses, of these more contemporary dishes.

What have been some of the most surprising new items?
Calves brains, which is something people either love or just hate the idea of. Word spread we were serving them and we had people calling to reserve them in advance! Bouillabaisse has also been a monster hit. We haven’t served the classic fish soup of the south of France at Le Perigord in well over 40 years; we used to have it on the menu, but one night a gentlemen found an unopened mussel in his, which meant the mussel was bad. He was furious and stalked into the kitchen and had to be restrained from assaulting the chef, Willy Krause. Willy banned bouillabaisse that night and we haven’t served it again – until now, as a special.

What’s the secret to lasting so long?
We never ventured into fusion confusion or tutti-frutti food. Our one goal, from which we have never deviated, is to serve the food eaten in France. That food is always from the best quality ingredients and very, very fresh. We now have a second generation of regulars, the sons and daughters of our original customers, and some of their grandchildren, too. The proximity to the United Nations has been very good for Le Perigord; we are known as the home of the ambassadors and through them we have become known all over the world, attracting Heads of State, too. I still laugh when I remember Imelda Marcus changing her shoes in the coat room in the middle of her dinner!

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