Everyone needs to experience this cozy jewel of a brunch spot at least once, especially if you have a taste for the unique.It’s been described as the best restaurant in the East Village, and “serious comfort food” by our foodie friends at the Wall Street Journal. Raclette will serve up a brag-worthy dining experience, and a meal of your dreams.
Named for the traditional preparation method out of Switzerland, Raclette offers a variety of cheese-centric dishes, from croques to tartines. The most beloved of all, of course, are the Raclettes- a full dish of savory meats, potatoes, and other mains, topped off with melted Raclette cheese, which is scraped onto your plate from a large, freshly-roasted cheese wheel. An uber-generous amount of the delicious topping will almost seem overdone, until your server returns halfway through your meal to offer you another helping, which you will undoubtedly accept. I actually dined here with a good friend who was rather skeptical about the authenticity of the meal; born and raised in the areas of Switzerland and France where this dish finds it’s origins, he knows how difficult it is to import the genuine product from overseas. After our food was served, he was convinced, and wholly grateful to have found a little slice of home in New York City.
The absolute best dish on the menu, in our opinion, is the Raclette New York, which comes with chateaubriand steak, sauteed mushrooms, onions, and potatoes, and topped off with melted Raclette. If you are going for a brunch or lunch, however, we recommend you choose something a bit lighter- the Raclettes will leave you very full, if very, very satisfied. Try the Fig Tartine or the Croque Lolotte, both of which are equally delicious, and won’t see you craving a nap at the end at the finish line. If you are eating dinner, make sure to order a few glasses of white wine, the classic pairing to a Raclette meal.
511 east 12th street
New York, NY 10009
Monday – Thursday 12:00am – 11:00pm
Friday 12:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday 11:00am – 12:00am
Sunday 11:00am – 10:00pm
The meals range in price, so depending on the time of day you can expect to pay between $20-80 per person.