brasserie gigi

Brasserie Gigi is an unexpectedly pleasant gem in the midst of tourist central! I was transported back to France during our time feasting at the bar on pommes frites and mussels. We were lucky enough to get the top bartender--no really he's legendary there--and he made the experience so pleasant. Honestly the space is an upgrade from the former Mercato and is a respectable neighbor to Peninsula Grill. It was such a fun night. I find that this place surprises every local skeptic that tries it out. The authenticity of its French menu is divine, and Chef McMahon is a cool Irishman who gets all sorts of positive press. My favorite part of the aesthetic is the subway tile floor and the lighting fixtures.