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Petite Abeille

Address: 134 W Broadway (Duane & Thomas)
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10013
Phone: (212) 791-1360
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Belgian
2nd Cuisine: Sandwiches
Area: Tribeca
Entree Price: $10-15


Petite Abeille is the type of restaurant any neighborhood would relish. The instant you walk in you feel as though you've been transported to a European cafe. Oversized cartoons line the walls with French captions. Tablecloths come in the blue checkerboard variety, and the staff is very friendly. You'll want to arrive early for breakfast. Fluffy Belgian waffles are cooked up fresh. There's also over-sized French toast, brioche and a nice selection of omelettes, ranging from smoked salmon, scallions and sour cream to a bacon, spinach and cheddar served on ciabatta ($4.50-$11). I opted for lunch and a Belgian beer. It's not often that a sandwich can jazz me, but this one did. It was a simple croque monsieur ($9.50), grilled ham and swiss. It was pressed with a perfect crunch. The cheesy center dripping over slices of ham. I savored every bite, and then it was gone. You can also opt for the "croque madame," served with a sunnyside up egg on top. I was also impressed with my bowl of creamy broccoli soup. Very simple and delicious, arriving in what looked like a giant tea cup with four crunchy croutons on top (Soup and 1/2 sandwich $6.75). Petite Abeille also serves up a nice selection of salads and quiches. Dinner is served from 5pm to 10pm. Wednesdays are Moules A Go-Go, all you can eat mussels in a garlicky white wine broth, and one Stella ($19.95). Now, I would certainly enjoy that in my neighborhood!

Review By: Thomas Rafael