This Eastern Market bistro has made our list so many years consecutively you’d think it had a lock or something. But no—no lock. (Nobody has a lock.) It earns its way on by being cozy and hospitable and turning out solidly if unspectacularly prepared food at prices that are more in line with 2001, when it opened, than 2015.
If that doesn’t sound like much, summon the image of a wintry night when you’ve had a hard day and don’t feel like cooking. That’s when Montmartre shows its real value. You settle into your seat amid the warmth and happy clatter of the dining room for a country pâté with crusty bread, followed perhaps by a plate of tender duck confit, and send yourself home fortified and refreshed, with a glass of port and a creamy floating island.
- Octopus with white beans
- Fish soup
- Veal loin with sage/red-wine sauce
- Braised rabbit over linguini
- Cod with potato gnocchi