In the middle of Rockville Center, which sometimes can feel like Long Island’s personal New York City, wouldn’t you like to escape reality and enter a world of serenity?
This is exactly what it feels like to walk into “Chat Noir.” A French bistro and bakery that serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea daily plus dinner all week long. Chat Noir opened on Merrick Road 7 years ago, back in 2010, and in 2015 they expanded the business to include a party room which has made them much more popular for small after party events.
As you walk in, you’re met with the sounds of French musicians, Frehel and Charles Aznavour and the smells of fresh pastries being baked to perfection. Walking in, I was greeted immediately and was asked how many before being offered any table in the house. After getting served drinks, I quickly noticed that there was a small bell that was rung to alert waiters and waitresses that their customers food was ready which added to the delicate nature of the restaurant.
Speaking of the food, my god was it delicious! I ordered myself a French Onion Soup as an appetizer which was perfect. It came out hot but was practically devoured before it could cool down. Once my Shepherd’s Pie came out I was in awe. Delicious doesn’t even begin to explain how appetizing it was. But who could possibly forget to leave room for dessert? I got Cream Puffs filled with Chocolate Mousse topped and let me just say; no matter how appetizing you’re imagining it to be could never match it’s true tastiness.
“Chat Noir” is one of the few restaurants that has the calm environment we all wish we could experience more often, whether it be because of their dedicated staff like my waitress Alexus, or they way they live up to their mysterious name ‘Black Cat’ in French; whatever it is that gives them their spunk, I hope they hold onto it for many years to come.