Happy New Year 2016 :) Feeling French at La Gamelle ;)

Hello guys! Happy New Year!

So what did you guys do on New Year’s Eve? Did you party like a rock star or just hanging out at home or just having a small dinner while counting down the clock? regardless of what you did, The Foodie Duos would like to wish everyone of you a Happy New Year! May this 2016 brings us more luck, more joy, more good health, and happiness! as for me, I just want a new job. and yea, for real I am! 🙂

Boo and I went to La Gamelle in LES to celebrate the NYE and NY. We got the 9.30 pm table, dined for at least two hours, drank some wine (I drank too much actually lol), and just relaxed before we finally got out at around 1AM. The foods there were outstanding and delicious and I can honestly say I will definitely go back with boo!


boo and his Chardonnay 🙂


Smile! 🙂


Lobster bisque. Delicious!


Escargots. Another delicious appetizer!!


My entrée: Duck a’la orange ! C’est magnifique!


His entrée: Colorado rack of lamb. Cooked to perfection!


Funny story about the New Year’s Eve was that we were literally without plan at least until Dec 27th 2015 when all of a sudden I asked boo whether he wanted to do Korean BBQ or French for New Year’s Eve. He said he was game for any type of food but my procrastinating mood was back so I decided to hold back from making any reservation until Dec 29th 2015. I had this some sort of panic attack and I flipped thru the contact number and immediately called La Gamelle and hoping that they still had table for NYE. I was so nervous I actually sweat when I called them and even sweat some more when they said they’re looking for available table. Turned out they still had the 9.30 one and I put my name and booked it. Phew!

p.s.: lesson learned here folks! if you have any type of celebration and want the best seat then make sure to book ahead! 😀

Anyway, we had the NYE menu for the night. We got amuse bouche (which I believed was the cheese pastry and the pate), lobster bisque and escargots for appetizers, duck a’la orange and rack of lamb for entrees, and petit desserts and soufflés for desserts. yes, we both got 2 desserts each! The amuse bouche was definitely tasty and on the spot — too bad I did not take any pictures from this. my bad. The lobster bisque was unusual because it had this puff pastry on the top which reminds me of pot pie. The bisque itself was delicious and fragrant with lots of lobster meats inside. My escargots came out delicious too — my only con was I wish they serve more than 6 because it was so addicting! lol. My duck a’la orange was so juicy, tender, and flavorful. I had been craving duck for quite some time so I was extremely pleased with Gamelle’s duck. Boo had Colorado’s rack of lamb which was cooked to perfection. When I said cooked to perfection meaning exactly how you had to cook rack of lamb. so tender, lots of flavor, perfect rare, and moist — definitely a treat if you really like lamb! We paired all our foods and desserts with a bottle of Chardonnay which was delicious too. I mean, it’s a 2014 but it has this beautiful fresh and fruity flavor to it. And desserts? drum roll we had this softly bubbly sweet passion fruit soufflé and a selection of small petit cakes which consists of éclairs, fruit tarts, and a vanilla custardy marshmallow. everything was just perfect!

The bill came to around $220ish (with wine) but it was very worth it consider it was New Year’s Eve and plenty of places in NYC actually put a price tag more than $100 per person. This one without the drink costs at $78/pp and you got an app, an entrée, and two desserts! I mean, where can you actually score that type of deal nowadays in New York especially during NYE?!?

and yes, sorry for no pictures of the desserts but I just uploaded a teaser video for you guys:

Happy New Year and I’ll see you guys soon on my next post!

La Gamelle:
241 Bowery, New York, NY, 10002
Phone: 212-388-0052
$ meter: affordable to expensive $$-$$$
Reservations: walk-in accepted, reserve thru phone and opentable.com
Nearest Transit: 2nd Avenue F train, Bowery J and Z trains.

Yours Truly 🙂