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by Kovacs Alex
June 18, 2009
Quogue, New York
February 18, 2006
The small restaurant has only 12 or 15 tables, and is open to the street for interesting people watching. Ceiling fans and cross ventilation make it comfortable. You are made to feel so welcomed. Everyone is happy, and many times there is even shared conversations from one table to the next among newly made friends, sharing vacation experiences, or dining suggestions. No pretentiousness here.
Candles and flowers, on white napped tables, contrast nicely with the bold oil paintings decorating the wall. Lighting is subdued, and service is friendly and efficient even at the height of the evening. Food is typically French, with lots of fish. There is a lobster tank as you enter, so that you may choose your own if you wish. Lots of sauces, and the daily specials depend on the catch of the day or the arrival of fresh fish, mussels, and produce on Air France.
The escargot is served in a baking dish with fresh mushrooms and cream sauce . It is so rich and flavorful, great for bread dipping! The Magret the Canard here is always perfectly prepared, and the accompanying potatoes au gratin are the best. A pasta dish, with tasty grilled shrimp, was tossed with tomatoes and a light garlic wine sauce.
At the end of the evening, a bottle of flavored rum is placed on your table. Linger awhile over coffee, and serve yourself some Ginger Rum. You're sure to return. Prices are very reasonable, €18 to €25 for main courses. Lobster is price by weight, and there is a good choice of wine in the €20 range. It's easy to see why Bistro Caraibes is always busy.
From journal Two weeks in St. Martin