Drew Nieporent flips Montrachet red for Corton white. Carpets and banquettes turned beige, minimal effects all around. Overhead fixtures slender as Bob Barker’s microphone. Bland elegance wor... read more
Rivington small plates alternative to 'inoteca, with French and Spanish inflections. Cavern-like digs with vaulted ceilings, nice old bricks, welcoming bar. Excellent wine selection, some 30 by the... read more
Romance sans stuffiness. The small round tables and blue wicker chairs of the open patio or the scarlet-walled white tablecloths of the dining room -- ambience is what they sell here. The food is c... read more
Named for old French word for country house, imports touch of Provence to the WVille. Wondrous décor -- wooden paneling, mirrored walls, fresh flowers, patterned pillows and soft benches -... read more
Escape boisterous Bleecker at sweet corner spot with authentically worn bistro looks, run by a former Les Deux Gamins chef. One of the cutest gardens in the WV, perfect for an intimate Sunday brunc... read more
Provençal-inspired bistro à vin with intimate dining room and one of the cozier back gardens around. Radishes with butter and salt are a nice freebie at the bar, followed by delicious crepes and ta... read more
Tony Bourdain may be busy eating oddities on TV, but his master meatery hasn't suffered. Sexy bistro looks, soft glowing lights. Best bet when you're down south. Endless assortment of moules frites... read more
Local haunt for artsy Tribecans and their Brooklynite pals, catches the spillover from Odeon across the street. Sweet space with brasserie looks, you can check out the competition on the mirrored w... read more
The (other) drug models love. McNally's landmark bistro that sent his stock skyward. Simple, tiled interior is formula (see Balthazar) but gorgeous. Permanently crowded with lively, good-looking pe... read more
Northern cousin of the LES's Pink Pony (RIP). Cute but slightly played out French bistro with good-looking, charmingly disaffected staff. Popular with local restaurant owners, indie rockers, and ex... read more
One of NY's best small, cheap(er) bistros. Rules its loyal clientele with love. Steak frites, escargot, raw bar, and rabbit in Dijon mustard. Narrow, intimate space with requisite scratchy mirrors ... read more
Superstar chef David Bouley can do no wrong, is still the cream of our crop despite the recent glut of celebrity kitchen wranglers. Flagship location cuts down on the boss's commute: his apartment'... read more
Chirac 'n' roll. On the sweetest block. Francophiles sit shoulder to shoulder in this tiny spot, doubtlessly vying for the title of Biggest America Hater while bemoaning the death of Baudrillard. U... read more
Cute, tiny corner spot with great windows. Long-standing favorite for long hours of standing outside waiting for a table, but a chance to make new friends at least. We love the BYOB policy and cro... read more
Cozy bastion of old St. Marks tries to cling to cred of rapidly co-opted street. Tenement location lends furtive feel. Loyal fan base of Gauls and pâté aficionados keeps downstairs somewhat roullez... read more
Legendary French Culinary Institute schools Soho in fine dining. Students work up prix-fixe French classics, served at discount rates to reflect the in-training aspect. Just because they're green d... read more
Understated interior for wooing sophisticates and loyal locals. Effortless charm attracts literati and, thank God, very few glitterati. Meticulous menu, presentation, service. The tuna carpaccio is... read more
Friendly staff tripping over you in really tight quarters as they bring you juicy rib-eyes and striped bass. Yes, only 26 seats, none of which match, crammed into a skinny hallway masquerading as a... read more
Behind nondescript concrete exterior lies a surprisingly upscale menu likely to burn a hole in your pocket. Traditional, easy breezy French elegance like skate, escargots, and a truly excellent cas... read more
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