When Brendan Sodikoff and the people behind Gilt Bar opened Maude’s Liquor Bar, I knew that if it was anything like their first joint, it had to be good. The cocktail-focused restaurant offered a rustic, speakeasy-like feel with dimmed lights, subway tiles, exposed brick and chandeliers hanging above the bar. All that, plus the vintage Parisian posters, really set the stage for an authentic meal of French share plates.

The menu is broken out into Traditional French and Almost French sections, making those oyster and foie gras novices feel a little more at ease. Our dining partners inspired us to order menu items that wouldn’t have otherwise found their way onto our table. We enjoyed almost every cocktail and food selection, including the unusual suspects.

To start, a mix of east and west coast oysters. 

Next, French Onion Fondue with caramelized onions and gruyere cheese – a MUST order! This amazing dip tastes fabulous on the crusty baguette, but it doesn’t need a vehicle…it would taste just as good on a spoon.

The Lyonnaise Salad with escarole, egg, grilled smoked pork belly, and brioche croutons was surprisingly amazing. I wouldn’t say pork belly is my thing, but this was damn good.

Only my second encounter with Escargot, but it were fabulous. Not to mention, the herb garlic butter was a triple dosage of garlic, which I loved!

Tenderloin Steak Tartare with a egg, and served with Siracha on the side was an insane combination. The beef was so tender and flavorful and the siracha added some needed heat. This was a crowd favorite!

We rounded out the ordering with a side of the mixed mushrooms and the gnocchi. I would suggest staying away from the gnocchi. It was an odd consistency, and lacked any real taste.

For dessert, Vanilla Creme Brulee – kind of looks like the French Onion Fondue! I swear we didn’t order a second one for dessert…but we wanted to! 

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