First Look at Affaire, Where Short Ribs Bourguignon Meet Burlesque

Affaire has been open in the East Village for a little over a week, but we figure it deserves a look, if only to see what’s become of the bi-level space that held China 1. There was a time when the smoke machines at this underground lair drew the last of the bridge-and-tunnel die-hards, but they’ve now been replaced with male “bottle butlers” and waitresses in hats designed by Christys’ London, wielding fancy-schmancy feather pens. The look here is rather Madame X (as befits nightly burlesque performances staged by ex–Pussycat Doll Kiva Dawson), but don’t call this a bar. Chef Edgar Navarrete of La Mediterranée and Café du Soleil has designed a menu inspired partly by recipes from owner Andrew Krauss’s Parisian mother, though it’s safe to say she didn’t have anything to do with the “buffalo-style” frog legs. Rest assured, there’ll still be D.J.’s downstairs — whether or not that means you should dust off your raver pants remains to be seen.

petit plates
liliane’s onion soup 5.95
mesclun salad with baked tomato balsamic vinaigrette 5.95
endive salad: walnuts, pear, roquefort champagne vinaigrette 6.95
roasted beet with almonds & goat cheese brulée 6.95
chicken brochette au poivre 6.95
roasted wild mushrooms aux fines herbes 5.95
house smoked salmon with créme fraiche 7.95
escargots bourgogne, baked with garlic, parsley butter & pernod 7.95
truffled mac & cheese 8.95
pizzette provençal with goat cheese, tomato, peppers & herbs 5.95
buffalo style frog legs with two dipping sauces 6.95
pommes frites with basil aioli 4.95

petit classics
fish du jour mp
duck leg confit 12.95
chicken coq au vin 11.95
sliced steak au poivre 13.50
lobster linguini 11.95
short ribs bourgignon 13.95
salmon with wine and caper reduction 12.95
mussels mariniere steamed in white wine, shallots & herbs 9.95
cheese plate, with walnuts, fruit, and petit toast 10.95
charcuterie: dry & garlic sausage, duck rillettes, liver mousse 11.95
2 petit burgers with gruyère and frizzled shallots on brioche 9.95

les sides: any three for 12.95
haricots verts 4.95 . sauteed spinach 4.95 . ratatouille 4.95
glazed carrots 4.95 . spiced lentils 3.95 . sautéed artichoke 5.95
brussels sprouts with bacon 5.95 . chive mashed potato 3.95

sweet fin: 6.95
crème brulée . profiteroles . warm chocolate cake
chocolate mousse . a selection of sorbets / ice cream

brunch is available on weekends from 11AM-5PM

fresh fruit bowl with yogurt and granola 7.95
mesclun salad 5.95
endive salad 6.95
liliane’s onion soup 5.95
lemon or hazelnut-chocolate crepes 5.95 (+2 fruit)
house smoked salmon with creme fraiche 7.95
escargot bourgogne 7.95
chicken crepes with mushroom sauce 8.95
2 eggs any style with bacon or ham 7.95
french toasts 7.95 (+2 fruit)
short rib sloppy jaques baguette 9.95
steak madame 14.95
le hamburger 9.95 (+1 for each add)
steamed mussels mariniere 9.95
florentine or ham benedict 9.95
lobster baguette 13.95
brussel sprouts hash and eggs 7.95
croque monsieur 10.95 (+2 madame)
croissant sandwich: ham or bacon, brie, egg 10.95
truffled mac and cheese 8.95
pommes frites with basil aioli 4.95
smoked salmon and chive scramble 10.95
three egg affaire omlettes: 10.95
{spinach and wild mushroom . french ham and brie}

sides: 2.95 low fat yogurt . croissant . granola . bacon . french ham . bagel

$25 champagne mimosa service
half bottle of Moet Chandon or a full bottle of california sparkling. served with fresh orange juice

Affaire, 50 Ave. B, nr. E. 4th St.; 212-375-0665

First Look at Affaire, Where Short Ribs Bourguignon Meet Burlesque