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“Oui, cette une restaurant, bien sur! Et fantastique!”
Review of Hello Bistro - CLOSED

Hello Bistro
Price range: US$10 - US$28
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: We offer casual dining in a farmhouse overlooking the Catskill Mountains, with additional outdoor seating in the warmer months. Everything is made in house; our French influenced menu is seasonally inspired, changing frequently, and supporting local producers whenever possible. On and off premises catering is also available.
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
“Oui, cette une restaurant, bien sur! Et fantastique!”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

(Pardon the high school French, but one of the reviewers below was, I think, reviewing this spot from a time before it was a true sit-down restaurant, back when it was "Flour Power")

At first, didn't think anything could assuage our sadness at the closing of Flour Power, a bakery that had been on the same spot with the same owners and talent, as the newly opened "Hello Bistro".

As sad as we are to say goodbye to the fine French boulangerie and patisserie that was Flour Power lo those many years, man cannot live on bread (and eclairs) alone. It turns out JT has a lot more than dessert recipes under his toque. He is an excellent, excellent chef. We are so happy to have Hello Bistro as a new dinner and brunch spot!

The menu is surprisingly diverse for a restaurant of this size, and everything on it is very well made. JT is French (or at least has the lovely accent) and it shows in both the big and small things he does. It starts with world class bread on the table. One of my favorites is a little touch - the warm salad greens with delicious homefries tossed in, that he serves at brunch with eggs. He is equally deft with pan seared trout, and of, course classics like coq au vin. Dessert time, it's deja vu all over again as you get to enjoy JT's pastry skills ... ooh la la.

One of the nice things about Hello Bistro is that it is casual, friendly, good value and unpretentious, all the while serving very fine and nuanced food that could compete against just about any fancy-pants place you'd like. One of the best items on the menu is a burger (locally sourced, like most of the menu) and frites!

Go. It's a great meal from a true talent.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank 6ContinentsNCounting
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DenisefromHello, Owner at Hello Bistro, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Thank you so much for your review! And, yes J.R.( Jean-Robert ) is French, has been in the kitchen all his life and just loves to make people happy through food. It's a wonder I am not 300 lbs.!
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Flour Power is Now Hello Bistro”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

After being closed for seven months, the bakery's owners have opened a new venture, Hello Bistro. Located in the same rambling farm house overlooking Livingston Manor, the restaurant is open for dinner on Friday and Saturdays and for brunch on Sundays.

We were eager to try this new restaurant. The former bakery was superb and there is a dearth of fine dining establishments in Sullivan County. The interior of the restaurant is soothing, with walls in muted shades.Tthe windows are bare, providing an attractive vista with the downside of being blinded by the sun. We had an early reservation and there were only two other tables when we arrived. While we were seated promptly, it was in uncomfortably close proximity to one of the other tables. This would prove to be a problem as the night wore on as other patrons were seated right next to us despite the availability of other open tables. There was little space between us and the waitresses had to squeeze between us to serve the other tables. This contributed to a cramped, claustrophobic feel. The wooden chairs were not cushioned and uncomfortable and our table, while rustic was wobbly. When a large party came in, the noise was deafening.

But good food can excuse much. Our experiences were decidedly mixed. The wine list is small but adequate and we were pleased to see they offered prosecco by the glass. The short beer list of beer included some interesting choices.and they offer GUS (grown up soda) which is less sweet and has no preservatives. Unfortunately our designated driver is more of a JOLT cola person, so he wasn't impressed. One of us enjoyed the prosecco and I had an unexceptional malbec. (There is a bar set off from the dining room.)

The menu is sensibly small , We passed on the appetizers. The scallop entree was unavailable but they substituted a shrimp dish instead. Two of us enjoyed the skirt steak in red wine sauce. The meat was tender and perfectly cooked and the sauce was nicely nuanced. It came with al dente mixed vegetables and a pretty but tasteless potato puree Our portions were adequate. As good as it was, it was unfortunately barely lukewarm. One of our party ordered the salmon with lentils and pearl onions. He was sorely disappointed. The entree arrived in a small soup bowl. The salmon, which appeared poached was covered with frisee and floated over a tasteless broth of soggy lentils and insipid pearl onions. The salmon was a bit over done and bland and the portion was small and unsatisfying.

We were all looking forward to dessert and again, our results were mixed. I had the meringue with the rhubarb compote. to say it was exquisite is a glaring understatement. It defied expectations. The sweetness of the perfectly baked meringue provided the perfect foil for the tartness of the rhubarb. It was amazing in its sophisticated simplicity. One of us had the creme brulee. It was fairly average although we appreciated the fact that the brulee was still warm. The custard base was a tad eggy but not bad.The third of our party had the chocolate mousse parfait. Again he was not pleased. It lacked the light and airy texture of mousse and the portion was small. The coffee was superb and our waitress was pleasant and eager to please.

This bistro has much potential. The staff is friendly and accommodating and the owners did come out and greet the guests. The food that was good was very good while the food that was disappointing was still superior to much that is offered locally. They do have to work on seating as it is cramped and the overly close proximity to other diners is uncomfortable and intrusive. Although we were served no bread, we noticed that other tables were. Still the Hello Bistro offers a fine food oasis in the culinary desert of the Catskills and we look forward to dining there again.

  • Visited August 2013
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5 Thank Molga
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New York City
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The Real Deal - A Great French Bakery In Livingston Manor”
Reviewed 26 August 2012

I guess it's a restaurant, they serve some casual food on the weekend and it's certainly good enough. It's fine to come for a quick or convenient meal. Breakfast is best.

But, hello!

This is a really great french bakery and JR is a really great french baker. The tart Tartine is to die for with that burnt caramelized apple/sugar taste. This guy can't make anything bad from fruit pies and rugalla to croissants and savory turnovers. Everything is loaded with sugar, butter and flakiness.

The quality is consistent and rivals the best bakeries 100 miles south in NYC, seriously. It gets to be a bit pricy, certainly for the area, but the price:value relationship for me is much better than many other local places. Flour Power is a local treasure that we need to support so we have it.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank BeeJay45
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Roscoe, New York
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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“The Flacky Bakery”
Reviewed 3 August 2012

The bakery goods they have are terrific, especially the loaves of bread. However, I cannot see paying almost five dollars for a loaf of bread no matter how good it might be. jThe pastries and cakes are also excellent but in my opinion, way over priced. Sorry to be so negative but times are a little tough now for all of us. How about lowering the prices a bit---more people would come!!!!

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Thank HILDA S V
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great Bakery”
Reviewed 10 July 2012

We loved the sweet and savory options...I highly recommend the Vegetable Empenada!

Visited July 2012
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Thank KimLC
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