Our Story – CAMAJE Bistro
Good Food Since 1997
Chef-Owner Abigail Hitchcock dined at Camaje when it opened in 1997 and was impressed by the menu at the tiny bistro on a quiet block of MacDougal Street in the heart of Greenwich Village. Little did she know that a year later, her offer to “help on the weekends” would translate into running the show. She transformed the restaurant into the cozy spot it is today–and that’s how our story begins.
Camaje Bistro uses seasonal, local and organic (where possible) foods. Chef Abby’s menu is French-American but she also includes her love of the exotic to add some surprises. “Simplest is best” are words Abby lives by. There’s no need to over complicate good ingredients. As a sommelier, she chooses wines from France and America to complement the her menu. And, she jokes that she has more teas than tables in the restaurant. All desserts, including our ice cream, are made by us. Watch Video
It’s something of a record in the competitive New York dining scene for a restaurant to make it for 2 years, let alone 16. So what’s Abby’s secret? Staying creative by offering delectable and fun culinary events.
Abby has been offering hands-on cooking classes for 14 years. One reason for their huge popularity is that they run while the restaurant is open! For the last 8 years, Camaje has hosted Dinners in the Dark Events (formerly known as Dark Dining), sensory feasts served to blindfolded diners. Wine dinners, Tastings, Ladies Afternoon High Teas, Kids Cooking Classes, Corporate Team Building Events, Private Parties are just a few of the other types of events that keep Camaje fresh. Watch a video about our cooking classes here
At the heart of a good restaurant are the regular customers, those diners who become friends over years of sharing glasses of wine and food together. And that’s what Camaje does best, create a comfortable environment, an extension of your living room, a home away from home in which to savor excellent food. Its casual elegance will transport you to a bistro in a provincial French town.
Camaje Bistro is a staple of Greenwich Village, a reliable old friend. Join us at a table or on our couches, where you will enjoy fabulous fare and the best people-watching in New York City!
85 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012