[Pigging by Wilfrid: May 4, 2015]
You don't need me to tell you how much The Bowery has changed in the last ten years; not if you're a New Yorker, anyway. But the really unexpected change, over the last three years, has seen the neighborhood reborn as a home of French cuisine. Yes, that's right: French.
It doesn't seem that long ago that a frankly xenophobic suspicion of "old Europe" settled over the country--remember "freedom fries" instead of French fries?--and New York was not immune. For La Caravelle and La Côte Basque, rather like CBGB's, time seemed to have moved on, and they were mourned only by the old faithful when they closed in 2004.