Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, of artist Eric Demarchelier (brother of famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier), celebrated its 25-year anniversary in 2020. Eric opened the initial location of his eponymous restaurant the same year he first gone to live in Nyc, in 1978. After having moved from the original location on Lexington Avenue, Demarchelier re-opened in 1992 on 86th street, still frequented by its regular diners. More bourgeois than bohemian, Demarchelier's lively and comfy locale also showcases a rotating collection of paintings by the owner.
Demarchelier brings just a little bit of France to New York City. Each meal that leaves its kitchen aims to capture the essence of authentic French bistro fair. The family owned and run Upper East Side restaurant radiates a comfortable, colorful, warm and familial spirit which has made it a neighborhood fixture for any quarter-century. Well suited for a quick bite to eat, a romantic rendezvous, or perhaps a simple family meal. The traditional French menu is paired perfectly having a number of predominantly French wines.
Diners will discover many familiar dishes around the classic bistro fare menu, that are coupled with daily organic selections. Demarchelier offers an variety of all natural, grass-fed, organic options brought from nearby farms, which are certain to suit even the most health-conscious diner.
Signature dishes range from the Moules Mariniere au Vin Blanc served inside a rich broth; Duck Confit served over a hearty mix of tomato and tarragon scented flageolets; and Sole Meuniere, flour covered and pan-fried in butter, accompanied by a grilled lemon half and wedges of boiled potato, tossed in a mix of butter and chives. Demarchelier's decadent dessert menu features flavorful dishes such as Tarte Fine Au Pommes, a flaky tart filled with warm apples and served with fresh vanilla ice cream; and Crepe Suzette, a vintage French pancake drizzled with Grand Marnier.
On weekends, diners can also enjoy a vintage French a la carte brunch. Dishes include Organic Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce served with a selection of ham or salmon; Pancakes served with maple syrup along with a selection of blueberries; and Steak Tartare having a side of pommes frites.
Born and raised in Normandy, Eric Demarchelier has gotten additional recognition as a painter. Eric's artistic style encompasses figurative, geometric abstraction and abstract expressionism, as well as landscape and portrait painting. He started painting within the 1990s and it has been rotating the skill exhibited in the restaurant every year since. Aside from the rotating artwork, Demarchelier has always been consistent through the years, in relation to ambiance and menu, though area of the responsibility of running the restaurant continues to be pledged to Eric's daughter Emily Demarchelier.
50 East 86th St.
New York, NY 10028