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Try East Village’s Papilles, Inspired by its French Expat Travels

Papilles, meaning taste buds, is the first restaurant endeavor between New York-based French expats: husband-and-wife team, Chef Andrea Calstier and Elena Oliver, together with close friend, Nicolas Thoni, a mixologist and restaurant manager of 10 years.

Diners wishing to visit the restaurant for dinner can view the full menu here, which includes dinner, drinks, wine, and it’s featured tasting menu. Papilles also announced last month that they have been included in the new 2019 Michelin Guide with L’Assiette Michelin (The Plate Michelin) designation.

Papilles | French Restaurant | East Village, NYC
Papilles Interior | Photo by Jai Nima Idowu

Born in Marseille, Chef Andrea Calstier has worked at several Michelin starred restaurants in France and most recently at Daniel in New York. He brings together his classical training and modern techniques to create unique dishes using seasonal produce and ingredients inspired by his travels around the world, which he calls “cuisine vagabonde.”

Interior of the East Village’s Papilles | Photo by Jai Nima Idowu

Next week will mark the restaurant’s 6-month anniversary, and recently introduced its new Fall dishes including, including the selection we are featuring of delicate beets, snails, veal, lychee, and one of two new cocktails, sang chaud.

Papilles | French Restaurant | East Village, NYC
Beets in various textures, huckleberry coulis, hazelnuts, autumn spices vinaigrette | Papilles | Photo by Jacqueline Clair/York Avenue
Papilles | French Restaurant | East Village, NYC
Peconic snails “petit gris” with parsley gnocchi, ginger crumbs and a froth of black pepper | Papilles | Photo by Jacqueline Clair/York Avenue
Papilles | French Restaurant | East Village, NYC
Roasted veal tenderloin, kabocha squash, maitake mushrooms, cappuccino-veal jus | Papilles | Photo by Jacqueline Clair/York Avenue
Papilles | French Restaurant | East Village, NYC
One of two new cocktails is the Sang Chaud (hot blooded) by co-owner and mixologist Nicolas Thoni
– fermented tequila, lapsang souchong liqueur, lime, smoked chili bitters, Q ginger beer, and pinot noir float | Papilles | Phot by Jacqueline Clair/York Avenue

Papilles is located at 127 East 7th Street in the East Village and is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm-12am and Sunday from 5pm -11pm. Reservations can be made online through resy.com or by calling (646) 850-5345.