Oh, how New Yorkers enjoyed the gourmet bistro, Amuse Bouche, when they opened their doors in the historic East Harlem La Marqueta Market last year. It quickly became a go-to place for a wide selection of tempting treats, fresh baked goods, sumptuous prepared meals, finely brewed coffees and teas ~ and a great place to meet for Sunday Brunch. Enter COVID-19 and the doors closed.
But while this was a quiet time for most, Anthony Mariano and Edward Rodwell (creative co-founders of Amuse Bouche Bistro) were planning on putting into play a new vision ~ one that would include our new normal ~ safe, social distancing, and a new set of needs for their patrons. This week, Amuse Bouche Bistro will reopen on Thursday, September 17th at 11am with a whole new look.
At our sneak-peek above, from left to right, the green market stands ready to be filled, to-go fridge in the back beginning to fill-up, next to a custom-made blackboard for the Bistro Fare of the Day ~ Sandwiches, salads, quiches and, and special treats.
Yes, the Bistro now boasts a Green Market Farm Stand. Calling it Fresh From the Farm, the farm stand will present between five and eight fresh farm products all the time. These local, free-range products could be eggs, cheeses, pears, apples, butternut squash…..seasonal offerings.
The new Bistro has expanded its French Patisserie with twice as many imports, bakery goods, and sweets. With an expanded footprint within the Market, the Bistro now has a Retail Fridge with to-go soups, prepared meals, side salads, and cold drinks. Come inside and purchase, or if you’re not quite ready to come in, they offer curbside pickup.
With NYC restaurant regulations not allowing indoor dining yet, the Bistro has a few tables and chairs right outside its front door. As of September 30th, their doors will open to 25% indoor seating.
A new, expanded menu was being created while we were there, which includes many of the old favorites that even the most particular foodies look forward to ~ reminding us of an article we read entitled ‘Secrets of a Divine Egg Salad Sandwich.’
This week, Amuse Bouche will open on Thursday, September 17th and Friday, September 18th from 11am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
New days and hours beginning next week will be Wednesday through Friday, from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Amuse Bouche Bistro is located inside La Marqueta Market, 1590 Park Avenue at 115th Street in East Harlem. The Bistro continues to cater private and corporate events, along with deliveries through Grubhub and Seamless.