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Zagat: New West Village Restaurant, Bar Has European Inspiration

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A new restaurant in the West Village has a menu inspired by French and Mediterranean classics. Zagat editor Kelly Dobkin filed the following report for NY1.

The team behind popular restaurants Cafe Noir, Jules and Bar Tabac have finally expanded to Manhattan's west side with Clarkson, a new pan-European-inspired restaurant and bar.

"When I was a young kid, I grew up in Africa, my father was in the army, so we always traveled to countries, and then we came back to France," says Georges Forgeois, owner of Clarkson. "I was standing in front of that big boat, and that stayed in my memory. So it's all inspired by the traveling, the boat."

The sixth restaurant from the group is a departure from the traditional French bistro. The kitchen is helmed by chef Rebecca Weitzman, who has created a menu inspired by French and Mediterranean classics that are divided into small plates, shared plates and mains.

"We wanted a place where people were really encouraged to share," Weitzman says. "It's very European-inspired, super seasonal. We try to use as much local and organic produce as we can. One of my favorite dishes on the menu is a seared scallop. It's with spiced sweet potato, pomegranate and a foie gras vinaigrette."

The large bar area includes a raw bar and features a cocktail list curated by Dushan Zaric of Employees Only, featuring innovative takes on classic cocktails.

"I wanted to do a cocktail program as good as the bar looks," Forgeois says. "I've known Dushan a long time from Employees Only. I think he’s the best in the business. We got together, and I showed him the bar, and he was like 'Wow, I want to create a bar menu for you, something amazing,' and he did."

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