Caribbean Cuisine with a French Flair
The light island vibe and airy atmosphere is what, next to the food, makes Arcane (111 Avenue C, bet. 7th & 8th St) a great place to eat, drink and reminisce about your vacations to Turks & Caicos, St. Maarten or better yet Guadeloupe!
New Yorkers Benjamin and Christine, part of the Guadeloupe-raised brother-and-sister team, spent their younger years in French island—and thank you for it! This year-old Alphabet City gem invites you into the dim lighting, rustic ambiance, soft music with a friendly staff that helps you select from a menu full of French Caribbean delights.
From the Christophine Gratin, which adds a French touch to this Latin American vegetable to the Feroce D’avocat (Bacalao guacamole) or crispy and light codfish fritters—you think your on the sandy beach sipping one of the their infamous drinks. Wet your palate with their collection of aged island rum or signature drinks such as the Moulin Rouge (orange vodka, and triple sec).
Select from tasty entrees, including the lightly seasoned seafood dishes from Tiger Shrimp to the Monk Fish. If you have a taste for dessert, the coconut flan or chocolate cake with ice cream is a tempting, delicious treat.
This East Village locale is affordable during these economic times. In the warm weather, doors open and you can indulge in the cool breeze as you celebrate a birthday party, anniversary or just dining with friends or a date. Make reservations and its cash or Amex only.