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We do NOT follow TripAdvisor, Zagat, etc.: all reviews below come from "scouts" members of the NY Académie des Gourmets, American and French people including myself, professionals and / or lovers of French cuisine and wines. We taste various dishes expecting true French recipes; we check the décor, service, comfort and cleanness and we expect at least 70 % of the dishes being French. We do not blame a restaurant because of the mistake / mood of 1 waiter! 
In the comments below, we use the French words "Restaurant" or "Brasserie", never "Bistro" despite some names: see why on the right side in "Bistros & Brasseries".
Grades below are out of 10 such as: 1/20 Bad; 5/10 Average; 7/10 Nice; 10/10 Fabulous; etc.
$ Moderate prices   B Nice Brunch   T Terrace / Patio   u Vegetarian dishes
Bright red font names: newly listed restaurants
Dishes mentioned below are "at the moment"; they could be removed from menus.

   1 newly listed: Opia (Midtown)
~~~~ Just for lunch - Sur le pouce ~~~~
6/10 u La Tropézienne - 2131 1st Avenue in East Harlem - The Quiches, hot Sandwiches, and Ratatouille are fine. Their Brioches filled with custard are excellent.  "NY's Answer to Tartine"? Not really, sorry!
2/10  Au Bon Pain - Several locations - It is not a French company despite the name. Their entrées, soups, sandwiches are either Italian or American deli style. And any supermarket sell their croissants and bread!
7/10  $ Bel Ami - 30 East 68th Street - The owner of the little shop is American but they have good French style Salads, Sandwiches and Soups a
s well as very tasty French pastries. It closes at 7 pm. ( 212 737-1313  
7/10 T La Bergamote - 512 West 52nd St. & 177 9th Avenue - They serves tasty French dishes such as Chèvre chaud, Quiches,
Salade Niçoise, etc. They have excellent pastries you could find in Paris pastry shops. 
7/10  Bouchon - 1 Rockfeller Plaza & 10 Columbus Circle - This American pastry shop restaurant serves good Parisian sandwiches, Quiches, French Salads, as well as Macarons, French tarts that can satisfy a sweet tooth.
7/10  Epicerie Boulud - Lincoln Center & Plaza Food Hall - From Patés, Quiches, Smoked Salmon to Pastries, Sorbets, etc., everything is fresh and good. But Boulud's website is too "commercial" with these Gift boxes, Specials and don't show the menus! (Coming soon??)
6/10 u Fig & Olive - Several locations in the NY area. Chef Pascal Lorange good Mediterranean cuisine - not French - fits for a lunch, not a real dinner
6/10 B  T  u Gastronomie 491 - 491 Columbus Ave - Although it's more an American coffee shop, they serve various French products such as Cheeses, Quiches, Macarons, Crème Brulée, Chocolates, etc., as well as Italian and Kosher food. They have a comfortable back room and a terrace in summer.
6/10 Macaron Café4 locations in Manhattan - Although the owner is not French, they sell good Parisian style sandwiches and a dozen different flavored Macarons. "We pay homage to the French pastry" they say; not as good as at La Durée but prices are lower! Several products are Kosher T 212 486-2470
8/10  $ B u Maman (Mom in French) - 239 Centre Street - This is a charming little place with excellent French dishes and pastries. The quiches and croque-mamans are really yummy! And these people care about their customers. Also at the French Institute on East 60th St. on Saturday morning.
8/10  B u  Maison du Croque - 17 East 13th St. - The tiny place serves various excellent Croque-Monsieurs (alike French Panini), so convenient to eat / take out. ( 212 675-2227
8/10  B Maison Kayser - 1294 Third Avenue; Columbus Circle; 42nd St. at Bryant park; and 5 other locations - Eric Kayser is well known in Paris and now in NYC. His pastry shops have a  small restaurant. We recommend his Parisian and Vegetarian sandwiches, the quiche, gratinée, egg Cocotte, soups, and the pastries such as Éclair, Saint Honoré, and tarts. Try the mini Financiers, they are yummy!
7/10 B  T  Moulin à café - 1439 York Avenue - This small French style "restaurant" serves good Entrées and sandwiches, as well as Chocolate Mousse and Crème brulée, etc. Curiously, the small Wine list has a couple of good names, a bit too expensive. They also have a small French "Epicerie" and a fire place. ( 212 288-5088
6/10  $ Pain d'Avignon - Plaza Food Hall & Essex Market Queens - They make good Quiches and French sandwiches. Their baguette is good but not crunchy enough ( 718 729-6832
5/10 u Le Pain Quotidien - Several locations - The Belgian company shops seem alike a blending of German bakery, American deli and Parisian café-bar. Nothing spectacular however they serves a good Quiche, grilled Salmon, and Scallions Omelet (The Menu varies according to locations). Most tables are communal and I will never enjoy that setting! 
2/10  Paris Croissants - 1776 Broadway - Not French, not always fresh! And we don't fill croissants with cream in Paris... Must be Paris, Texas! 
---   PicNic - Not anymore Jean-Luc's fine restaurant; it is now a catering company.
5/10  Prêt à manger (Ready to be eaten) - Several locations - This is an English chain. Only the sandwiches are acceptable but their (baguette) bread is chewy
9/10 $ T u Tartine - 253 West 11th St. - Size doesn't matter! The tiny place serves excellent French dishes for a lucn: Croque Monsieur, Bouchée à la Reine, Salade Basquaise, etc, and a yummy Dark Chocolate Mousse Praline. Be ready to wait: people like it and often come back ( 212 229-2611
6/10  Vive la Crêpe - Several locations - Guess what this non French chain is specialized into? They have various savory and sweet crêpes, most of them ok but not really à la francaise 
6/10  Raclette - 195 Avenue A - Tiny but they serve good Swiss Raclette and Croque-Monsieurs, and everything is fresh! The pricing is honest while you help yourself at the counter.
6/10  Bien Cuit - 120 Smith St. in Brooklyn - This American Bakery pastry shop serves good French breads, Quiches and sandwiches, as well as a yummy Brioche crème fraîche. no restrooms
8/10 u Bistro Petit - 170 S 3rd St. in Brooklyn - It's a small food bar where Korean Chef Sung Park fabulously marries French & Korean cuisines: Foie Gras Prune Mousse, Kimchi Bouillabaisse, Korean Bourguignon, etc. The small affordable menu also includes Croque Monsieur, Organic Mesclin, etc. No desserts, no wine. ( 718 782 - 2582
7/10  Colson Patisserie - 374 9th Street in Brooklyn - Belgian Chef Hubert Colson serves good Quiches, sandwiches, soups and salads, French or Italian style. He also makes fine pastries and country breads ( 718 965-6400
6/10  $ B u Provence en Boite - 263 Smith St. in Brooklyn - This simple location has nice Charcuterie plates, good Croque-Monsieur, Endives salad, etc. The pastry section includes fine Fraisier and Napoléon
6/10  $ u Café Triskell - 30-04 36th Ave. in Astoria - The Crêpes, savory or sweet, are great for lunch. The flour is organic; vegetarians are not forgotten. 
8/10  $ Cannelle - 75-59 31st Ave. in Jackson Heights (LIC) - This Pastry shop with only few table serves great quiches, sandwiches and savory tarts. For dessert, try their nice Eclairs, Praline cake and Saint Honoré
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(Good French Cuisine, Efficient Service, Fair Prices, Nice Location - Details below by area)
Bistro SK [P] - 273 City Island Ave. (City Island - Bronx)  $
La Grenouille [P] - 3 East 52nd St. (Midtown)  $$$$
Le Cirque - One Beacon Court (Midtown)  $$$$
Bistro Vendôme [P] - 405 East 58th St. (East side)  $
Benoit [P] - 60 West 55 St. (West side / Midtown)  $$$
L'Entrecote - 589 Lexington Ave (East side)  $
Sel et Poivre [P] - 853 Lexington Ave (East side) $
Le Périgord [P] - 405 East 52nd St. (East side)  $$
Bistro Citron [P] - 473 Columbus Ave. (West side)  $
       La Sirène [P] - 558 Broome St. (Dowtown) $$
Grades are out of 10 such as: 1/20 Bad; 5/10 Average; 7/10 Nice; 10/10 Fabulous; etc.
$ Moderate prices   B Nice Brunch   T Terrace / Patio   u Vegetarian dishes

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7/10 B T Bistro SK [P] - 273 City Island Avenue, City Island - It is not the only French restaurant in the Bronx despite what they claim but their cuisine is deliciously French! Senegalese Alsace born Stephane Kane and his Bronx originated wife did a great job with a small location, making it an affordable and cozy place in City Island. The menu is "bourgeois" and the dishes such as the Escargots, Mousse de Foie, Boeuf Bourguignon, Confit de Canard Sarladaises, Gratin de Fruits de Mer, etc, are excellent. All desserts are very good, particularly the Chocolate Mousse and Ile Flottante. The Wine list agreably fits any of the dishes. Patrons are welcomed by the "Patron" (Owner in French & Latin) which is exceptional in the NYC area. ( 718 885-1670
7/10 B T Chez Lucienne [P] - 308 Lenox Avenue, Harlem - This is a comfortable restaurant with a nice ambiance, despite a service a bit slow and a lack of decoration. The menu includes a dozen of real French dishes and an interesting "Fish Market" list. The hot Foie Gras, Saucisson en Croûte, and Poulet Rôti à l'Ail are the stars while the Fixed Price Menu is satisfying. As a dessert, you could hesitate between the Profiteroles or the Crêpes au chocolat. The wine list is limited, balanced by a large number of cocktails. The prices are all fair and there is a bonus, a terrace that recalls Saint Germain des Prés quarter. ( 212 289-5555
1/10 South of France - 1800 Westchester Avenue - You mean South of the USA: It's Puerto Rican! Several violations on Hygiene in 2007 & 2009 (NYC Gov.)  
--- L'Absinthe [P] of J. M. Bergougnoux - CLOSED  Sadly J.M. lost his leasing. Perhaps coming soon in another area?  
6/10  Le Bateau Ivre (Named after a poem by A. Rimbaud) [P] - 230 East 51st St. - It is one of the rare and real French wine bars in New York: their Wine list is large and well composed while several French dishes are satisfying: Asperges, Côtes d'Agneau, and the Gratin Dauphinois as side order. The Fruits de Mer (Sea Fruits in season) go well with their white wines and the selection of French cheeses is perfect for their red wines; it's enough for a meal in a wine bar! I would like to say that prices are fair but some good wines are too expensive. The service is descent. ( 212 583-0579
7/10  Le Bilboquet - 20 E 60 St. - The trendy hot spot - with several cousins around the world - had to move to another location; it is now in the French Institute building. It seems that Mr. Delgrange keeps his "savoir-faire" in nightlife and elegant décor. Their French cuisine is satisfying - not more than that; we wouldn't dare to list any of the good dishes since the menu frequently changes.  The efficient service, the great ambiance and famous guests have built its reputation. Prices of food and wines are honest for the UES but not cheap! ( 212 751-3036 Only for "notes"
8/10  B T Bistro Vendôme - 405 East 58th St. - The entrance is small, it is not a fancy location but we give 8/10: It is a very comfortable and convivial restaurant with an agreeable décor and efficient service. And there is not too much noise! Most dishes are French and well prepared: the Fish soup, Pâté, Frog legs, Filet Mignon, etc., are excellent! The Quenelles are WOW! All desserts make a great finale. Be aware that menus change according to seasons. The Wine list is mostly French and satisfying. The pricing is fair. They have a small inside patio ( 212 935-9100
---  Brasserie CLOSED  None of their other restaurants is French, although the Grand Tier deserves a visit for a couple of French dishes and the Wine list.
3/10  Brasserie 360 - 200 East 60th St. - Only the word Brasserie and 2 dishes are French: everything else is American, Japanese or Italian. The  service is hectic at pic hours and the seating is basic. Why would you go there for a French meal? Only tourists lost in NY would try their luck!
6/10  $ B T Bistro 61 - 1113 1st avenue - Marseillais Chef Anthony Raggiri does well despite his location is small and simply decorated. It can be crowded and noisy but the service and prices are fair, while the dishes are generally good. You could enjoy a Soupe de Poisson, the Ris de Veau (sweetbreads) on toast, the Terrine de Foie Gras à la Truffe, the Blanquette de Lapin (Rabbit? aww!), and the Saumon Grillé (Salmon). Try one of the fine cheeses then a warm Fondant Chocolate or the Crêpes au Sucre. The wine list is short but can satisfy any taste  ( 212 223-6220 No credit Cards for Fixed Prices Menus
6/10  T Café d'Alsace [P] - 1695 2nd Ave - The Choucroute and Baeckeofe are Alsatian but their Potée and Tarte Flambée lack of true regional taste. They invented a new Alsatian dish: the Alsatian Burger (My Alsatian nanny never made that in 14 years!). Actually, several dishes comes from around the world. By the way, is it Muenster, the American cheese? The Alsatian cheese is spelled Munster! The wine list has only few Alsace wines: a Cremant, 2 Pinot Gris and a Reisling. For the beer, the selection is large but no Alsatian beers! The décor, the service and prices are ok but again it's not really l'Alsace. ( 212 722-5133
8/10 T  u Café Boulud of Daniel Boulud [P] - 20 East 76 St. - This French chef presents cuisine with savoir faire (Know how) and high prices! D. Boulud has 3 restaurants in NY: the "Bistro Moderne" has the lowest prices, still with quality and style. In any of his restaurants the classy décor as well as the impeccable service are omnipresent. Among all the dishes, we recommend the Foie Gras Torchon, Sautéed Skate (Raie) meunière, Bouillabaisse Pot Pie, Pain de mie crusted Dorade, and Crispy Duck Confit. And there is the famous Burger Royale: $70 the piece! For dessert: La Lune (The moon) and the Peche Melba cake are delicious. The wine cellar is exquisite and pricey but few half bottles allow tasting good wines at affordable prices. ( 212 391-2400 Reservation recommended; Informal attire / Habillé (Eve).
5/10  T Le Charlot - 19 East 69th St. - Several scouts went there at different times: this restaurant is "variable". The comfortable restaurant becomes too small at pic hours and the service is either fine or very poor and snooty. Their dishes are either pricey (ok, it's the UES) or affordable. The Moules Marinières and Steak au Poivre are good but other dishes can be disappointing. For dessert, the Praline Bombe and Tarte Tatin are worth a try only when they are fresh! The wine list is bigger than the menu, yet affordable. For a Brunch? Quality is rarely worth the Fixed Price menu! ( 212 794-6419 No website
7/10  u Le Chat Noir [P] - 22 East 66 St. - This "casual elegant" bistro is very neighbor oriented (old clients pass first). It has an elegant décor and prices are at the UES area level. They serve several very good French dishes: Cheese soufflé, Raviolis de Royans, Truffle French fries (side order), and a fine Ile flottante. Their wine list is well selected and includes some crus which quality justifies high prices. The service is professional, yet not too snoby. They have special events all year long.( 212 794-2428 Reservation recommended; Informal attire / Habillé (Eve).
9/10  Le Cirque - One Beacon Court - What a twist! The owner is Italian and the famous and classy restaurant was serving Italian dishes for years: why a French name then? They finally hired the reputed French Chef Olivier Reginensi and the cuisine turned French: Wild Burgundy Escargots, Foie Gras Raviolis, Paupiettes of Bass, Roasted Black Truffle Chicken, Chocolate Soufflé, etc. Prices are Parisian chic + NYC top notch: Fixed Price Menu at $125 not including the wine .. outch! But the comfortable seating, the impeccable service, the palate pleasure and the impressive wine list make it worth the spending.  ( 212 644-0202
5/10  Demarchelier - 50 E 86th St. - As said on their website, this family "tries" to bring a piece of France to New York. The décor is agreeable, the service is basically efficient although too snooty at time, and several dishes have organic / grass fed origins. Unfortunately, while the menu has interesting  choices such as Bison Burger, Cheese Fondue, Daily Specials, etc., the kitchen has too many ups and down; several of our scouts were very disappointed. Price are quite fair, including for the Fixed Price Menu and the Wine list is ok but without greatness.
3/10  Frère de Lys - 1685 First Avenue - The French name (play word with Fleur de Lys?) doesn't reflect reality: there is almost nothing French in the menu. But since it is a kind of a Wine bar with French cocktails, it is surviving. The décor and comfort are average, as well as the service. The Wine / Cocktail list is fine but curiously, the good French wines at fair prices are often not available (?). Apparently, they rather sell Cocktails.
9/10 u La Grenouille [P] - 3 East 52th St. - Despite what it is said in their posted review, this is not the "Last great French restaurant in NY" (see: Veau d'Or; Bernardin; Le Cirque). The prices are high including for any of the fine wines and you feel like also paying for the wow décor and service. Never mind: their cuisine is really impressive and among other pleasures, they have an excellent Foie Gras chaud, great Quenelles, delicious Ris de veau and a fine Soufflé Grand Marnier. They also have nice vegetarian dishes. This is the location for an exclusive French dinner, perfect for celebration or anniversary. La Grenouille also has a private party room upstairs featuring a wood-burning fireplace, Juliette balconies, high ceilings topped with a sun drenched skylight. The room was once the home of the painter Bernard Lamotte, who along with his friend Antoine de Saint Exupéry (author of "Le Petit Prince") hosted many parties with Greta Garbo, Jean Gabin and Charlie Chaplin. ( 212 752-1495 Reservation recommended; Informal attire / Habillé.
6/10 u Casimir & Co. (formerly Le magnifique[P] - 1022A Lexington Ave - The restaurant has a small 1st floor and a larger 2nd floor. The ambiance is perfect for a cool drink and/or a casual dinner. We recommend their Kir Royal: Champagne & Chambord liquor (Real Burgundy Kir: white wine + blackcurrant liquor). The menu is mostly French including among other dishes, a fine Lobster Brulé, good Noix de St Jacques and a great Tartar de Boeuf. Keep some space for their  desserts such as the Crêpes Suzette or Vacherin. The wine list is not long but it is enough to match all dishes. The service is "cordial", sometimes too slow, the pricing is fair considering the area (UES) ( 212 879-6190  Probably one of the coolest websites: 
5/10  T La Mangeoire [P] - 1008 2nd Avenue - The décor is one of a French countryside inn with a limited space. The cuisine is good but without panache despite Chef Christian Delouvrier is former Chef of famous restaurants such as Essex House, etc. Anyway, try the Escargots, Provence Aioli, Lapin legs a la Moutarde, Duck Confit, Roasted Porc with "truffled" potatoes. For a dessert, what about real Profiteroles or tasty 5 Sorbet cup? The dishes of the $38 fixed price menu are too small and average in taste. The wine list is interesting and affordable, with few exceptions. Unfortunately, the service is rarely cordial, sometimes messy, and the pricing is too high for the overall quality. There is a small terrace. ( 212 759-7086 Reservation recommended for dinner
--- Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges (at the Mark Hotel) - 25 East 77th St. - Review coming soon -
---  Marché du Sud - CLOSED  This restaurant was one of our favorite's ... We are sorry!
6/10 B Moulin à Café - 1439 York Ave - Lunch and Brunch only; see chapter "Just for Lunch" above - 
6/10 B T Mon Petit Café [P] - 801 Lexington Ave - It is really "petit": the tables are narrow, the service has some ups and downs around 8 pm (they often change staff). But it is charming, the cuisine is good (not fabulous) and prices are honest for the UES. I recommend their Warm Goat cheese, the Quiche Lorraine, the Sea Scallops, the Sole fish, Duck breasts, and for desserts, the Sorbet Cassis (blackcurrant) or Pêche Melba. Their wine list is short but well built with fair prices. They have a small terrace in summer but street noises make it uncomfortable! ( 212 355-2233

5/10  Paname - 1068 Second Ave - Paname is slang for Paris but the location seems more NYC, as for the service, the general comfort and pricing. Nothing bad in that if the Menu and Wine list were really Parisian or French. Actually, both are international  / Italian with few French names. The making is not bad but again, we are looking for real French stuff expecting at least 70% of French dishes.
5/10  T Papillon - 22 East 54th St. - This superb restaurant is decorated and set as a club with 2 floors and a billard room. It honors the memory of Henri Charrière, a French convict that wrote the famous "Papillon" novel. Alas, the cuisine is not as good as the novel and French dishes are only a few on the menu; it is not the place for a real French meal or dinner. Prices are fair but the service is either hectic or snooty
7/10  B u Orsay [P] - 1057 Lexington Avenue - This is a comfortable French brasserie, a bit less noisy than others mentioned in this blog. Designed by Jean Denoyer, "Orsay strikes that delicate balance between sophistication and warmth". The guests do not pay for the decor: prices are fair considering the area. From the Planche de Charcuterie, the Escargots, the Foie Gras to the Sea Food platter, the Bouillabaisse or the Roasted Farm chicken, everything reminds of a Paris Brasserie. The La Goulue style Soufflé (from the defunct restaurant on Madison avenue) is amazing. The wine list can satisfy any palate and wallet. The service is efficient. ( 212 517-6400
6/10 $ Le Paris - 1312 Madison Avenue - This small restaurant is Parisian style and fun decorated. The seating is comfortable although the space is too small at pic hours. The service is generally efficient but some waiters do not understand French names! The small menu is satisfying with several good French dishes such as the Chevre Chaud, Tartelette a l'oignon, the Jaret or the Poussin. The Calf Liver is served with a nice onion & wine sauce. For dessert, we recommend the Crepes Suzette. The Wine list is limited; don't expect to find a great wine there. Prices are quite fair on the overall.  www.leparisbistrot.
2/10  Pascalou - 1308 Madison Avenue - I am sorry, did you say French? On the menu: Capellini, Dumpling, Polenta, Tagine, etc.. Only the Eiffel Tower on the wall and the names of some cocktails are French! Non merci!
--- La Petite Maison - CLOSED  Still open in Nice and London.
7/10  Le Périgord [P] - 405 East 52nd St. - 40 years of delicious French bourgeois cuisine, an elegant (a bit oldish) decoration, and fair prices considering the area and overall quality (lunch menu $32 without wine)! You understand why Le Perigord is famous among French people, including diplomats and stars. Unfortunately, the service does not match the cuisine: too slow and often disregarding! But they serve real French dishes: Foie gras chaud, Salade de Ris de veau panés, Filet de Boeuf Périgourdine, Filets de Turbo à la croute, etc, and a superb Soufflé Grand Marnier. The cheese plate is well garnished in French products. The French wine list is impressive with affordable good wines; by the way, dear Le Périgord Sommelier, Alox Corton is NOT a Beaujolais, it's a top Burgundy red Côte de Beaune! ( 212 755-6244 Reservation recommended; Informal attire / Habillé
6/10  Quatorze Bis - 323 East 79th St. - Is it a Parisian restaurant or a Bouchon (Lyon restaurant)? Dressed with mirors, portraits, and leather benches, the restaurant is noisy when it is full, with a service sometimes hectic at pic hours. But they serve good old French dishes: Terrine, Saucisson de Lyon, Choucroute, Boeuf bourguignon, etc. Their classic French desserts are not exceptional nor bad. The Wine list is well-chosen and fits most of the dishes. All prices match with the uptown area without excess. But it's very neighbor oriented and old clients pass first  ( 212 535-1414 - No website (why?)
5/10  Rotisserie Georgette -  14 East 60th St. - You got to like birds if you want to eat a French style entrée at the "Rotisserie". Are the birds organic free-range? No information about that. The 2 founders names seem Greek or Lebanese but there is no Georgette. The  Wine list is as big as its pricing. Décor and service are nicer than the dish choice but you pay too high just for that!
7/10 $ B Sel et Poivre [P] - 853 Lexington Ave - "A taste of Paris on Lexington"? True! This small French restaurant serves good old French dishes such as Country duck pâté, Fish soup, Escargots, Veal kidneys, Frog legs (from American frogs?), Orange Duck, and for desserts, Mousse au chocolat, Profiteroles, etc. If you like red wine, try the glass of Savigny les Beaunes; for the white, the Sancerre is great. The service is fine and prices are "competitive" for this uptown area. It's crowded Friday and Saturday evenings: you better have a reservation. ( 212 517-5780
--- The Simone - 151 East 82nd Street - Review coming soon -
6/10 Table d'Hôte - 44 East 92nd St. - In France, a Table d'hôte is a table open to outside guests in country houses or farms; the menu is simple with limited choice, the cuisine is generally good and prices are fair. This is the case for this cute little restaurant with a family like ambiance. Since the seating is limited it is hard to have a table on the spur of the moment.
5/10  $ u La Tarte Flambée (Flammekueche in Alsatian) - 1750 2nd Avenue & 153 E 33rd St. - You will not find any Choucroute or Baeckeofe in this small Alsatian restaurant; for those 2 dishes, go to Café d'Alsace. But you can try one of their good Alsatian Tartes, savory or sweet way (they explain what the tarts are made of on their website). The location is simply decorated with a small Alsatian touch, the service is casual friendly and prices are fair. They have several nice beers including the French Kronenbourg but only few Alsatian wines; actually, it's enough to fit the Tarts from Eastern France ( 212 860-0826 
8/10  Le Veau D'or [P] - 129 East 60th St. - Since 1937! It is the most ancient French restaurant in NYC. Grace Kelly dined there several times! First, you have to find the location: it's very small. Don't fear the exterior appearance, just enter and discover a 50's little classy piece of France. Actually, you need a reservation: there are only 8 tables. The menu includes good old French dishes: Vichyssoise, Poireaux vinaigrette, Saucisson chaud (hot dry saussage), Frog legs, Tripes, Veal Scalopes, Duck with cherry sauce, etc., and among the desserts an amazing Ile Flottante (Floating island). The wine list is short but French! Don't mind the service that is not always efficient / courteous: just enjoy a fine food. Prices are a bit high ($30 / 40 a dish) but it's worth the cuisine. ( 212 838-8133  No site   Reservation recommended
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---  La Barrique - 38 West 39th St. CLOSED
5/10  T Beaumarchais - 409 West 13th St. - This is a NYC French Brasserie with a festiv ambiance, a clean pop décor and a decent service. But regulars do not come here for the cooking since it's a event-full location: Nuit Blanches, Beau Brunch, etc. The chef, who's not French, does his job and proposes several good dishes; please check their site: the menu frequently changes. Now for the prices.. ouch! The dinner Fixed Price menu: $85! The Wine list is top as for its pricing. If you look for a French brasserie without too much brouhaha, you should rather go to Benoit (next). ( 212 675-2400
8/10  Benoit of Alain Ducasse [P] - 60 West 55 St. (more like Midtown) - It is a real French brasserie: its big bro in Paris opened in 1912. The location has a nice classic décor with painted ceiling, as well as an efficient service. The French cuisine is enhanced by Alain Ducasse: we recommend the Paté en Croûte, Escargots or Tarte Flambée, then a real Cassoulet, the Loup de Mer or the tasty Quenelles de Brochet (Pike). For the dessert, the Mille feuille or Chocolate Soufflé are a good finale. The Wine list is interesting, unfortunately some of the good French crus are really too expensive. The prices are at the level of the comfort and quality: not cheap! If you organize a party, you have to reserve a room with a deposit ( 646 943-7373 Reservation recommended
9/10  Le Bernardin of Eric Ripert [P] - 155 West 51st St. - This is the place for a grande célébration but you got to love seafood! Chef Eric Ripert (Born on the French Riviera) makes all "Fruits de mer" (Sea fruits) exceptional, sometimes with an Asian or Italian or Spanish twist: Striped Bass Tartare, Baked Skate in Papillote, Langoustine Truffled, Lobster Carpaccio, Poached Turbo, etc. The superb décor and top service match the dinner menu / à la carte prices ($125 to $190 per person without the wine). However, you can enjoy some of the marvels in a less expensive way with the lunch menu ($75) or at the "Lounge". The wine cellar is abundant, exquisite, and pricey; the "Lounge" has a more moderate pricing by the glass. ( 212 554-1515 Reservation recommended; Informal attire / Habillé
7/10  $ B T Bistro Citron [P] - 473 Columbus Ave - It is one of the nice French restaurants on the West side. Since their menu changes according to season, we cannot give exact information but so far our scouts enjoyed their fine Gratinée Soup, the delicious Hot Brie in Croute (Dough), the Moules au Safran, the Poulet Farci (Stuffed Chicken) or the Salmon on Lentils. For dessert, we could recommend the fabulous Profiteroles, the Chocolate Cake or the great Ile Flottante. The Wine list is decent in price and quality. The décor is simple with a convenient setting and a terrace. Another good point: the location is not too noisy at pic hours. The service is efficient and prices are fair. ( 212 400-9401
6/10  Boite en Bois - 75 west 68th St. - This location near the Lincoln Center is tiny, which makes difficult to get a table and a courteous service at pic / theater hours. The "pre theater" menu is the largest and very French. Dishes are generally good; try the Soupe de Poisson, Saucisson Chaud, the Lotte or the Veal Calf. For dessert, we recommend the Chocolate Mousse or the Tarte Tatin. The Wine list is satisfying. The prices are fair considering the area.
5/10  T u La Bonne Soupe [P] - 48 West 55th St. - It's a 2-floor simply decorated restaurant, with a small balcony (good luck to get a table there!) and several good French dishes: Onion Soup, Crêpes, Omelette Paysanne, Quiche, Filet Mignon, Fondue. The Chocolate Mousse and Tarte au Citron are nice .. when they are fresh! The Wine list is correct, a bit pricey but they have a nice affordable red Moulin à Vent; we also appreciated their Armagnac de Ravignan 82. After 8 pm, the location gets noisy and narrow, the ambiance raises while the service becomes hectic. The prices are fair for the area. They welcome large groups but you better make a reservation ( 212 586-7650
4/10  Brasserie Athenée - 300 West 46th St. - The word "Athenée" for hotels and restaurants often means "Classy". For this case, I would rather use "Lottery". The menu includes a fair number of French dishes, but the preparation is either good without panache or below average. The service is either fine or lousy, while the décor is basically classic. The Gratinee and Chicken Livers are ok, not the Escargots! It's not the place for a Duck Leg Confit either, so better get a Ratatouille or simply the Steak Frites. The Sorbets are good, so is the Napoleon .. when it is fresh! The Wine list includes few  good French wines. Be aware that prices on the menu could be higher than on their website! ( 212 399-1100 Website down 10/2015 (?)
---  Brasserie 8 1/2 - 9 West 57th St. -  CLOSED
4/10 Ca Va of Todd English - 310 West 44th St. - Non, ca ne va pas! Probably English but certainly not French. The location seems alike a decorated warehouse with tables in line ready to start a race. The menu is .. American? English? with a very, very little French twist. Even if the dishes are ok and the service courteous, there is no reason to go there for a real French meal.
6/10  Café un deux trois [P] - 123 West 44th St. - Back a couple of years ago, we didn't like their cuisine.  Lately, several scouts ate in this Café a couple of times: they tried the Homard Bisque, Lamb Leg, Steak au Poivre, as well as the Crêpes Suzette, and they were satisfied. For the wine, you better order by the glass: no  regret if you are not happy! The décor is nice and reminds of a Belle Epoque brasserie with chandeliers. The ambiance is pre-Theater like. Prices are fair and the staff is friendly "with a few exceptions" as 2 scouts told me. It is crowded and the service is hectic before theater opening. ( 212 354-4148
7/10  $ Chez Napoléon [P] - 365 West 50th St. - It's a small and fun decorated restaurant (Bric a Brac style) serving "bourgeois" dishes, a real French cuisine at competitive prices from an abundant menu. Try the Rillettes de canard, Escargots, Coq au vin, Ris de veau, or Bouillabaisse; their Soufflé is great as a dessert. Be cautious with the Menu Prix fixes (Fixed prices): it doesn't always has the same quality. The Wine list is not impressive but if you bring your own wine, you are only charged $20 for Corkage! Some say the service is lousy, others say it's fine .. it was fine with us ( 212 265-6980
4/10  B French Roast - 2340 Broadway and 78 W 11th - Again the group "Tour de France": their Brasserie style locations and their dishes trying - I insist "trying" -  to be French. It is not satisfying on the overall. Both locations décor is simple as for the service. It's convenient for lunch but we would not go there for a dinner, nor for the Wine list. Only one good point: prices are friendly.
9/10  Jean-Georges [P] of J. G. Vongerichten - 1 Central Park West and at the Mark Hotel - Jean-Georges Vongerichten is Alsatian and an artist! You first have to select one of his restaurants then make a reservation. The original "Jean-Georges" is exclusive and expensive but at the same address "Nougatine" is a bit more affordable. The restaurant at the Mark Hotel is alike the original "Jean-Georges" but a bit smaller. All have weekly Fixed Price Menus that allow your wallet to survive. They all serve a very creative cuisine, although not really French. "Nougatine" proposes a great Lobster Burger and a marvelous caramelized Beef Tenderloin. The warm Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Shortbread whipped cream (Chantilly) are heaven. The service, wines and prices are at the level of the "grande" quality and of the décor. A couple of scouts were not deeply impressed by the cuisine but yet, they say it is worth the experience and the spending Reservation mandatory; Informal attire / Habillé. Other restaurant a bit more affordable: Jojo (below).
---  Jeanne et Gaston - CLOSED - Chef Godard is still operating Madison Bistro (see below)
--- Jojo - 160 East 64th St. - - Review coming soon
---  Le Madeleine - 403 West 43rd St. - CLOSED
5/10  Le Marais - 150 West 46th - You better like meat: Le Marais is a Steak House, actually more American than French; still, there are 2 or 3 dishes based on fish. Business men and women (there are several banks nearby) come for lunch or stay for dinner. Prices are bit high, particularly for their best pieces of meat such as the Entrecôte or the Côte de Boeuf, but real good fries French style are included! The desserts made with chocolate are devine. The cellar list has only few French wines and is too pricey for the overall quality. The decor is "soft" and classic, the service is professional. It is not for a romantic dinner. ( 212 869-0900 Reservation recommended for dinner
4/10 Le Monde - 2885 Broadway - Loire Valley cuisine? Alike other restaurants of "Tour de France" (Maison, Pigalle, Nice Matin), Le Monde does not serve the regional cuisine they announced: the Bouillabaisse, Cassoulet, Coq au Vin, Escargots are NOT from the Valley. But Andouillette, Butter Asparagus, River Perch in white wine, Roast Game are from over there and yet not found on the menu, except for the Rillettes. Beside, the food they serve is not really French tasty. C'est un monde! (That too much!)
4/10 Nice Matin - 201 West 79th St. - From Nice? (Nice Matin is a newspaper). Another "Tour de France" restaurant that misses the target: the chef is probably not from Nice or forgot his/her origins: half of the dishes are not Niçoises, the rest is from? The Bouillabaisse doesn't taste "Provençale" nor the Pistou soup, while Escargots are originally from Burgundy and there is no Trout in Nice region (they have Sardines)! Service and décor are basically ok but some prices are unjustified: $35 for a small Steak Béarnaise? (a recipe from the Bearn region by the way, not from Nice)
8/10  B Petrossian [P] - 182 West 58th St. - Petrossian, founded in Paris, is first a "caviar store". New York's Petrossian is also a superb restaurant housed in the historic Alwyn Court Building. They serves a French-influenced menu that features caviar, smoked fish, and foie gras delicacies for which Petrossian is known throughout the world. The location features Lalique crystal wall sconces, bronze sculptures from the 1930's, etched Erte mirrors, Limoges china, Lanvin chandelier and pink Finnish granite, all harmonizing with the unsurpassed gourmet experience. The cuisine is exceptional while prices are matching the décor and quality but without excess. They propose Lunch Menus allowing a fair tasting at affordable prices. Curiously, the fine Wine list is not that expensive. ( 212 245-2214 Reservation recommended; Informal attire / Habillé.
---  PicNic - Not anymore Jean-Luc's fine restaurant; it is now a catering company.
6/10  Poulette - 426 Amsterdam Avenue & Hell's Kitchen - Chicken, more chicken French style "rotisserie" but free range and without hormones! A small variety of dishes in a simple location. Prices are fair for NYC. Nice food to take out, not to eat on site.
3/10  Rue 57 - 60 West 57th St. - A "Brasserie Parisienne" with a huge Shushi bar? Then it's should be ストリート 57 (Street 57 in Japanese)! Only 6 so called French dishes are featured on a menu of over 30 dishes. It's crowded with tourists so waiters don't care if you (New Yorkers) are satisfied or not. The décor is basic. It is not the place for a (French) meal.
---  La Silhouette - 362 West 53 St. - CLOSED 
6/10  $ Vin sur Vingt [P] ( = 20 / 20 perfect grade in French schools). 201 West 11th St. You could pass this small Wine Bar without seeing the entrance. The décor and ambiance remind of a small Latin Quarter restaurant. It has a short (good) French menu and a fine list of French wines: 20 red, 20 white and few sparkling wines can be tasted by the glass or bottle. Some wines are great, others are just ok. If you liked a particular wine, make sure they still serve it the next time: their Wine list is continuously rotating. Price are fair considering the generous pours and friendly service. You could have to wait for a table at pic hours. ( 212 924-4442
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6/10 u Artisanal [P] - 2 Park Avenue - "NY Best French Restaurant"? Come on! It is a classic brasserie for prices and service, while real French dishes count only for 35 % of the menu. The Fixed Price Menu is worth it but they add $ for cheese! The Plateaux (trays) of seafood are great although a bit pricey. By the way, "Plateau" is masculine: it's Petit (no "e") - Grand (no "e"); you should know that if you are French! The cheeses selection is large, including nice products from France along other nationalities'. The Wine list is international with few good French wines, some of them too pricey! They have a small list of desserts: the warm Chocolate Tart is good; they nicknamed their Profiteroles "Sundae" because they are not real Profiteroles. ( 212 725-8585 
6/10  Balthazar [P] - 80 Spring St. - It is a well known "typical brasserie" where you go to be stamped as a "Parisian New Yorker": Balthazar is noisy, its tables are narrow and the service is often hectic around 8 pm. If you are lucky you could be sitting near a "famous" person. Nevertheless, several dishes should satisfy your palate but not always your wallet: Frisée aux lardons, Brandade, Escargots, Moules frites, Steak au poivre, and .. a good baguette, also sold at their bakery stand. The grand seafood plateau is enough for 2, although it is pricey. For desserts: let yourself tempted by the Tarte Tatin or the Profiteroles. The wines are generally fine and affordable by the glass ( 212 965-1414
7/10  Brasserie Cognac [P] - 1740 Broadway - The manager is Italian but he seems really loving France. The décor is nice and the seating comfortable. Several dishes match the name and we can recommend the Terrine of Duck Liver, Gougères (Burgundy fluffy cheese bread), the Chicken, Cassoulet, Sea Scallops and for desserts the Tarte Tatin. The Wine list is impressive. The staff is generally courteous. The prices are fair but not for the "Specials". The restaurant is crowded at theater hours
6/10 T Brasserie Ruhlmann - 45 Rockefeller Plaza - Brasserie is a French word but in this case the menu is only half of it. However, the chef from France knows how to cook the few French dishes and know about French desserts. The small selection of French cheeses is nice. The décor is classic, the service can be hectic at pic hours, and the location is often crowded. You are lucky when you can sit at the terrace in summer. The Wine list is large but prices are at Rockefeller level. ( 212 974-2020 
---  Coq Rico - 30 East 20st - Review coming soon
2/10  La Carafe - 653 9th Avenue - Is it a small (noisy) NY wine bar or a tiny (noisy) Mediterranean restaurant? French posters on the walls do not reflect the cuisine: the dishes are mostly Italian and Spanish without panache. The wine quality is as cheap as the prices. The service often lacks of care!  Website down
---  Dans le Noir NY CLOSED - Be courageous: eat in the dark! This is a fun experience, perhaps for only one time in a life: you feel a bit worried about what could be in your plate. And it's a complete surprise since you do not know what is in the menu. Fortunately, you have a choice between 4 styles: Fish, Meat, Vegetarian and Chef's surprise. There are 4 restaurants in the world but not in NY anymore 
6/10 Les Deux Amis - 356 East 51st Street - The 2 friends, probably not 100% French, have a charming place with a comfy setting, a friendly service and a good cuisine. But why the Spanish music in background? The menu is small but "generous" enough: Escargots, Moules, Duck, Steak au poivre, etc. And they serve a "Vol au Vent" which is so rare in NYC! Kabyle Couscous are not French (although it is often found in France) but it is a good alternative to all other classic dishes. The few desserts are equal in quality to the main dishes. All that at fair prices! The Wine list is satisfying for the choice and the pricing. Please guys, correct the mistake on your website: it is "Vins" not "Vines" -
7/10  $ L'Entrecote at Le Relais de Venise - 589 Lexington Ave (52nd St.) - It is a French steak house, cousin to the famous Paris "Entrecote", also found in London. The only dish on the $30 Fixed Price menu (without wine) is the Steak with sauce and French fries but it is excellent! It comes with a nice green salad Mustard sauce as appetizer and a choice of fine French desserts. The wine list is short but satisfying per the glass. The décor seems of a nice Paris Brasserie, the service is efficient and the pricing is quite fair because of large portions.
5/10 u Fig & Olive [P] - Several restaurants in the NY area - Chef Pascal Lorange brings Méditerannée into your plate. Actually, dishes are mostly Italian and Spanish, however the Salade niçoise, the Rosemary lamb shop, the Lemon Sole papillote are Provençal style. But since menus vary from a location to another, these French dishes could not be on the list. The décor is agreeable as for the service but some locations have few tables with a lot of bar seating: a better fit for a lunch than for a real dinner. Prices are fair, but too high for some hot dishes. Wines are from around the world with only few French ones that are too pricey.  Menu hard to find
5/10  Gaby at Sofitel - 45 W44th St. -  Gaby is an Art Deco-inspired restaurant at the Sofitel hotel featuring contemporary cuisine. It's a "taste of France" more for the hotel than for the restaurant. A la carte prices are too high for the limited choice of French dishes. The décor, the quality and the service help a bit to "digest" the bill. If you go there anyway, we would recommend the Fisherman Marmitte, the Angus Filet Mignon, and Profiteroles. Wines and deserts are not matching the decorum and high prices.
6/10  B T  Les Halles [P] - Park Avenue South CLOSED; 15 John Street is still open - Chef Bourdain's cuisine is good and the menu is abundant. We recommend the Escargots, Croutons de Coulommiers, Saint Jacques, Filet Béarnaise, Hamburger Rossini, and Duck Confit. The Cote de Boeuf is fabulous. Sorry, nothing much for a diet / vegetarians. For desserts, the Crêpes Suzette and the Chocolate mousse are great. The Wine list is correct, perhaps a bit too pricey and with a lack of Burgundy red. The ambiance is Brasserie style, the service is descent, and prices are fair. ( 212 679-4111
7/10 Jubilée - 948 First Avenue - The place is quiet, the décor is warm and cozy, the service is courteous most of the time; perhaps all this explains why average customers are over 60 years old. The menu is classic French except for Dorado a la Plancha and Porcini Ravioli. We recommend the Snails Cassolette,  Frisée, Dover Sole, Pork Shop, and Moules Farcies. For dessert, the Soufflé or the Gratin de Framboise are a great ending. The Wine list is superb. All price are fair although the Appetizers are a bit too pricey ( 212 888-3569
7/10  $ Madison Bistro [P] of Claude Godart - 238 Madison Ave - Burgundy Chef Claude Godard as a passion in cooking. Dishes are French country style and everything is well prepared. Let you tempted by the Crispy Goat Cheese, Foie Gras, Stuffed Sole Filets, Pike Quenelles, Braised Bourguignon Beef, or Duck Confit. For dessert, we keep in mind the Frozen Nougat Parfait and Paris Brest cake! The Wine list is not too pricey, even for the fine Crus of the Reserve such as Volnay Vieilles Vignes or Chablis les Preuses. The decor is simple but a bit oldish. The service is overall satisfying and the prices are fair; the $40 Prix Fixe menu (without wine) is a good deal. ( 212 447-1919  Reservation recommended for dinner.
---  Maison - 1700 Broadway CLOSED 
6/10  Matisse - 924 Second Ave (at 47th) - It is a casual small restaurant, without any painting of Matisse but with pictures of actor Mastroianni, unknown people and landscapes. The service is efficient, the staff includes 2 French young ladies, one from Alsace, and a Latin American waiter who does a great job. The menu is appropriate, the cuisine is good not fantastic. The Pâté and Onion soup were so so, but we liked their Steak Tartare, Lamb Shank and Boeuf Bourguignon (In Burgundy, it doesn't come with Pastas!). The Sole fish was too buttery. For dessert, the Profiterolles and Crème Brulee were honest, not the Ile flottante. Pricing is NY style, perhaps a bit too high - 
6/10  T u Marseille [P] - 630 9th Avenue - Although the owner / chain is not French, this brasserie style restaurant serves a few good Marseille dishes: Pistou soup, Fish soup with Rouille, Mediterranean salad, Bouillabaisse, as well as Couscous and Chocolate beignets (Marseille has a large North African community). Don't go there for the wine but they serve many types of beers. Prices and service are NY style, while the décor seems directly coming from Marseille. They have a couple of tables in terrace ( 212 333-2323
5/10  Millesimes - 92 Madison Ave - This French style brasserie is nicely decorated but is not a "casual seafood brasserie" as claimed on its website. Beside the oysters, only 2 or 3 dishes are from the sea; the other dishes of the small menu - average in quality - could be found in any NY brasserie, French or not. It seems they rather have you spending money on Bordeaux wines at the Bar: the list is huge with some pricing close to "hysteria". The service is efficient but that's not enough to be satisfied!
9/10  Nomad of Daniel Humm - Nomad Hotel, 1170 Broadway (There is a another Nomad in NYC serving Spanish food) - Holala! The restaurant of the Nomad Hotel is not French and the Chef Daniel Humm is Swiss but they really deserves to be in this blog: the cuisine with French flair and flavor is exceptional! We will not recommend any dish since everything is sublime. We had the opportunity to taste several samples: it was amazing. Nomad Wine list is one of the most impressive we have seen in a NY restaurant. The prices are impressive too but it's fair considering the top quality! The décor is elegant and the service is perfect. Chef Humm was nominated Grand Relais & Chateaux in 2008, and the Michelin Guide attributed 3 stars to his previous restaurant ( (Open Table) 347 472-5660 Reservation recommended
6/10  Opia - 130 E 57th St. - The sister restaurant of Matisse (same French owner) is more like a large Brasserie lounge a la francaise with higher prices and a blending of nationalities on the menu. The décor is sophisticated as for the service. Prices are honestly NY style. The Wine list is satisfying. This is the right place for a celebration
7/10  Le Parisien - 163 East 33rd Street - Attention New Yorkers, we have a nice little piece of France on 33rd Ave! The cuisine is very good as for the Duck paté, Escargots, Mussels, Skate and Confit. The service is friendly and prices are totally fair from Appetizers to Wine. Don't expect Versailles, it's Parisian and tiny; you better reserve your table! But let's hope they keep this gem the way it is!
6/10  Per Se - 10 Columbus Circle - Per Se could be one of these top classy French restaurants with pricing going through the roof but there is a problem: the cuisine is not French! By the way, some say it's not anymore what it was ...
4/10  Pigalle - 780 8th Avenue - Yet again a restaurant from "Tour de France" chain with a disappointing cuisine. To call a restaurant Pigalle (a Paris quarter) and announce "French South western cuisine"? Only 2 dishes are kind of from the southwest: Duck Confit and Cassoulet; few others are kind of "French". There is a much better choice at Le Perigord for South western cuisine. The service is hectic at Theater hours. Prices are fair but forget Pigalle in NY!
1/10 Réunion Surf Bar - 44th St. & 9th Ave - It's supposed to be about the beautiful  French island of Réunion, but here réunion means meeting! This restaurant is more like a weird bar owned by someone who loves surf. They serve cocktails and some kind of hamburgers .. not the Réunion cuisine!
6/10  Tout va bien - 311 West 51st Street - Everything goes almost well (Tout va presque bien), depends on the hour because Broadway is nearby. The location is small, fun casual decorated, and the service is generally efficient and / or convivial. The cuisine is very French and good (not exceptional) with some mistakes once a while. We didn't like the Escargots but the Saucisson Brioche and Scallops were nicely done. The kidneys, Calf liver, the Veal and the Sole fish are pretty good. For desserts try a Peche Melba or a Caramel Custard. The Wines list is acceptable without top wines. The overall pricing including for the Fixed price Menu is fair and at the level of the food quality.
8/10  Villard Bistro of Michel Richard - 455 Madison - The location is superb, in a renaissance style mansion, however the cuisine is not as impressive as the surrounding. Still, it is perfect for a classy dinner with French accent. We recommend the Bisque, the Mushroom Feuilleté, the Gougere, and Cod Basquaise. For dessert, why not a Napoleon or Banana Split? The Wine list is noticeable because of several great  names; some of them can be tasted by the glass. Despite an impeccable service and fair prices, we hesitated in giving a top ranking  ( 212 891-8100
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7/10  Amélie - 22 West 8th St. - This is the sister of Amélie in San Francisco: a Wine bar with French flair including a large restaurant section. The Wine list is long and well selected with some good French wines among other origins. But it is confusing: the White Wine section includes a Rosé and goes from Country names to Grapes Names. Side of the kitchen, the Mussels, Tuna Tartar, Chicken Mousse, Raviolis de Royan, and the Cheeses are great. For dessert: why not a Chocolate Fondant with Champagne? Prices are low during the happy hour then go up quickly. The casual service and cool atmosphere are fine enough for a Wine bar. ( 212 533-2962
6/10  B T u AOC (Aile Ou Cuisse) [P] - 314 Bleecker St. - AOC normally means "Appellation d'Origine Controlée" for wines but their Wine list doesn't fit. So Aile ou Cuisse (wing or drumstick) is a better choice. A fair number of dishes are French and basically good: the Salade Chèvre chaud, Salade Niçoise, Croustillant, Coq au Vin, etc. The Jarret d'Agneau is alike a Moroccan Couscous. But Escargots with Pastis sauce and Grand Marnier in Confit: that's wrong! The French cheeses selection is satisfying and the Crème Brulée is tasty. For a brunch, try the Feuille de Briques. Price are fair while the décor is basic but they have a back garden very nice in summer. The service is casual efficient. There is no connection with AOC Bistro in Brooklyn. ( 212 75-9463
6/10  Antibes - 112 Suffolk St. - The place is tiny but nicely set alike a small restaurant of the French Riviera. Unfortunately, despite some south spices, the menu doesn't include any of the regional dishes (Bourride, Brandade, Fenel Mussels, Stuffed Tomatoes, etc.) and has only few French classic dishes. Still, the chef does a correct job for the Truffled Roasted Asparagus, the Seared Foie Gras, the Broiled Trout or the Chicken under Brick. Mille-Feuille pastry and Chocolate Tart are fine endings. The Wine list is mostly French and satisfying. The service is decent most of the time and the prices are generally fair. Live Jazz comes along the menu twice a week (Antibes city has a yearly Jazz festival) ( 212 533-6088
--- Arcane - 111 Avenue C - CLOSED  It was Asian.
6/10  T La Bergamote [P] - 512 West 52nd St. & 177 9th Avenue - They are Pastry shop restaurants (1 with terrace) where you find some tasty French dishes such as Chèvre chaud (Hot goat cheese), Quiches, Salade Niçoise (really Niçoise!), Roast Duck, etc. Since they primarily are Pastry shops, they have excellent pastries such as Concorde, Magellan, Opéra, etc. Prices are fair and the service is courteous. It's not for a grand dinner but it is worth having a casual meal there 
7/10  B Bagatelle - 1 Little West 12th Street - Bagatelle is an elegant part of Bois de Boulogne near Paris. In NY, it is a large chic restaurant with graffiti décor and comfortable seating. It has cousins around the world including in Saint Tropez. The menu proposes several great French dishes such as Petits Burgers de Foie Gras, Tarte aux 2 Saumons, Tournedos de Lotte, Canard a l'orange et Citronelle, etc. The desserts are great particularly the Beignets de Bagatelle and Dark Chocolate Mousse. The Wines list is well set but expensive. The service for dinner is without fault. Prices are matching the quality but you won't regret the spending. There, people dance and party at Brunch hours.
--- Bistro de la Gare - CLOSED
5/10  Bouley - 163 Duane St. - David Bouley, born in Connecticut, learned cooking in France but its cuisine is not French at all, despite a "French Approach" as mentioned on his site. It is actually more of a good creative American / Asian / "new cuisine". But even with the exquisite décor and service, asking $185 for 6 "dish samples" is abusive!
8/10  T Buvette [P] - 42 Grove St. and a cousin in Paris - Buvettes are tiny popular bars in French villages and this NY location fits the description. But this Buvette has a back dining room where you must get a table. The owner Chef Jody William certainly loves French cuisine: despite some American or Italian dishes in her small menu, most of her dishes are French, home made country style or creative and very good! Check her website to discover what she is preparing at the moment and get a reservation, you will not regret it! She doesn't serve any French cheese (why?) but no shortage for the French wines! As a bonus, Buvette has wine festivals & presentations. Don't go there for a formal meal, just enjoy the cool ambiance, friendly service and fair prices ( 212 255-3590
4/10 u Café Gitane - 113 Jane St. & 242 Mott St. - More a Soho style café-bar than a French restaurant, it's a place where beginner artists and models hang out, drinking a tea or eating a salad. Only a couple of dishes are kind of French. It is not for a real meal. 
5/10  Café Loup - 105 west 13th St. - It is a cool French American blending for the décor and ambiance, with live music several times a week. Most of the dishes on the menu are French creative: Escargots in home-made sauce, Salade Lyonnaise, Grilled Tuna, Chicken Tarragon and a nice Crème Renversée dessert. The Wine list is limited and doesn't include any Beaujolais, which is weird for a restaurant mentioning the "Ordre des Compagnons du Beaujolais". Prices are fair, although a bit too high for the Entrées and the Fixed Price menu. The service is sometimes hectic. ( 212 255-4746
5/10  Café Luxemboug - 200 west 70th St. - This is a NY French style restaurant / brasserie without any surprise, good or bad. The seating is comfortable, the service is efficient, the décor is basically "clean". The menu too is basically French without superb from appetizers to desserts. The Wine list is well composed and ample, although they should not mix Pinot Noir and Gamay! All prices are quite fair. The place is ok for a classic meal but not to impress your guest -
6/10  Cantine Parisienne - 40 Kenmare St. - If all Cantines (French school cafeterias) were so nicely & modern-style decorated and serving such a variety of food, I would go back to school! The Rillettes, Beet Salad & hot Goat cheese and Foie Gras are very French, the Taragon Chicken, Veal Scallop, and Pesto Pastas are excellent. For desserts, you can trust the Lemon Tart and the White Chocolate Mousse. The Wine list is limited - no top wines but the pricing is honest. The service needs some more training. ( 212 966-2740
---  Casimir - CLOSED    NOT Casimir & Co, open & running - See UES above
7/10 $ B T Cercle Rouge [P] - 241 West Broadway - Part of the Group George Forgeois (Bar-Tabac, Jules Bistro, Ceci-Cela, etc), the brasserie and its dishes are typically French. The service too is French but it's not always a bad thing! Among all the good dishes, we recommend the Soupe à l'oignon, Tart au Chèvre, Foie Gras, Aioli, Raie Grenobloise, the Cheese plate, Crème Brulée, and .. the express coffee. The Prix Fixe Menu is limited but most "A la carte" prices are affordable. For the wine, no one could be disappointed: the list is huge with a fair pricing! They organize fun events all year long (including French Cancan and Pétanque tournament for Bastille Day). ( 212 226-6252
7/10  $ B T Chez Jacqueline (Bistro Côte d'Azur) [P] - 72 MacDougal St. - A good piece of Provence, a drop of Parisian, some NY spices and you have Chez Jacqueline. The décor and tables are alike casual "at home" and all dishes are courteously served at very fair prices. The Brandade, the Daube Nicoise, the Pissaladière are all good. They also have a nice "Foie de Veau Grand-Mère" and we liked their Tuesday night Mussels Festival! The Tarte Tatin and Pêche Melba are excellent. The Fixed Price Menu is fair. The Wine list is well built with a honest pricing. ( 212 505-0727 
5/10 u T Cocotte - 110 Thompson St. - This is a small restaurant with funny decoration. Despite Cocotte is a French kid nickname for little chicken, they serve a limited menu blending French south-western / Basque / Spanish style dishes. Unfortunately, you will not find Basquaise chicken nor Piperade. Prices and service are fair but it is not for a real dinner. Neighbors could probably enjoy a meal there at the spur of the moment.  ( 212 965-9100
--- Corton - 239 West Broadway - CLOSED 
4/10 L'Express [P] - 249 Park Ave. South - Another restaurant "Tour de France" that doesn't serve the dishes of the mentioned region. Lyon people would never agree with their claim as a "Bouchon" (Lyon Bistro). It's more alike a basic NY brasserie: noisy, narrow tables for 2, service sometimes hectic around 8 pm. The "Specialites Lyonnaises" are not Lyonnaise: Escargot Bourguignonne are from Burgundy, their Onion tart is from Lorraine, and their Tripes are more Normandy style. Only the Quenelles could be from Lyon region or Jura. No real Lyon dishes such as Tablier de sapeur, Saucisson de Lyon, Blanquette or Petit Salé! Don't go there for a French wine either. The prices are fair but what the point? ( 212 254-5858
4/10 Félix - 340 West Broadway - It was a nice French restaurant 10 years ago ... but not anymore! Several of the dishes seem like rewarmed frozen stuff, the Confit is not really confit, the Béarnaise is a warmish liquid, etc. The seating and décor are acceptable while the service has some ups and down at pic hours. Besides, 2 of our scouts has a bad surprise with the check: much more expensive than expected (how is it possible considering the pricing on the menu)  and no visa or master card; Felix, even the smallest European country accepts them now! You still can go there for the music though ( 212 431-0021 Amex or Cash only
5/10 French Roast - 78 W 11th and 2340 Broadway - Again the group "Tour de France": their Brasserie style location and their dishes try - just try -  to be French .. but it is not really satisfying on the overall. Both locations décor is simple as for their service. It's convenient for lunch but we would not go there for dinner, nor for the Wine list. Only one good point: prices are friendly.
--- Gascogne - CLOSED 
6/10 Le Gigot (Lamb Leg) - 18 Cornelia St. - It is a small, romantic restaurant / wine bar, with a cool ambiance that you could find in Paris. You better have a reservation at pic hours! If you don't like Lamb leg (it lost of its quality lately), there are good alternative: Escargots, Frisée, Duck Confit, Bouillabaisse. The Crab Cakes are ok but it's not French anyway! For desserts, the Banane Flambée or the Chocolate Cake are good ending. The Wine list is small but can match any of the dishes. The service is friendly while the pricing is at NYC level. ( 212 627-3737 Amex / Cash only
6/10  B T  Les Halles [P] - 15 John Street. Their Park Avenue location is CLOSED - Chef Bourdain's cuisine is good and the menu is abundant. We recommend the Escargots, Croutons de Coulommiers, Saint Jacques, Filet Béarnaise, Hamburger Rossini, and Duck Confit. The Cote de Boeuf is fabulous. Sorry, nothing much for a diet / vegetarians. For desserts, the Crêpes Suzette and the Chocolate mousse are great. The Wine list is correct, perhaps a bit too pricey and with a lack of Burgundy red. The ambiance is Brasserie style, the service is descent, and prices are fair. ( 212 679-4111
6/10 u Jules Bistro - 65 Saint Marks Place - Another restaurant of the Group George Forgeois. It seems alike a Saint Germain des Près Jazz bistro in the 70's, with permanent noise, music and people moving around, small tables with candles, and posters. Classic "honest" dishes such as Gratinée, Rillettes, Raie, Onglet, Cassoulet and the nice dessert Café Liègeois go well with the Jazz bands playing every night. The Wine list is ok but a bit too pricey as for the food. The service can be hectic at pic hours and the Fixed Price Menu is secret on their website. The terrace has only 2 tables but you got "free" jazz! ( 212 477-5560
--- Lyon - CLOSED 
--- La Palette - CLOSED   It was Brazilian!  
5/10  Le Midi - 11 East 13th St. - Le Midi (nickname for Southern France) is not typical from the "Midi" region and has only few Provençal and Mediterranean dishes: it is more a wine bar restaurant considering the huge list of beverages and the flashing bar. Nothing bad in the overall cuisine but it is certainly not the place to experience the southern French cuisine. The décor is modern and not romantic. The Wine list is long with some good French wines at fair prices. The service is ok with few mistakes at pic hours. A couple of prices on the menu are too high.  ( 212 255-8787
4/10  Montmartre - 158 Eightth Avenue - Nothing really attracting in Montmartre, I mean the NYC restaurant: the cuisine is "almost" French and not impressive. We would not mention any favorite dish because we do not have any. The service is fair but the noise is really disturbing. Prices are a bit too high for the food quality and much too high for the wine.
7/10 Le Philosophe - 55 Bond St. - This cosy restaurant is cousin to Le Philosophe in Paris. You don't need to be philosopher to appreciate their good French cuisine such as the Foie Gras Terrine, Frog Legs, Blanquette de Veau, Tournedos Rossini, the nice cheeses and their great desserts such as the Tarte Tatin, profiteroles, etc. The Wine list including nice Sauternes, is fair and proportionally less expensive than the dishes. A little work on the service will make the place as perfect as possible. If you find the name of all French philosophers whose pictures are on a wall, you get a free meal! (Is this deal still going on?)  ( 212 388-0038
--- Le Village - 127 East 7th Street - Review coming soon -   
5/10 Parigot - 155 Grand Street - Parigot means True Parisian in popular slang. It's the case for this restaurant: casual, with a basic décor and simple seating. The menu is huge but if you remove the non-French dishes, it becomes average in size and prices - some meat / viande dishes are too pricey. Nothing bad, nothing breath-taking from the kitchen! The Wine list is great with honest prices while the service is acceptable.
5/10  T Pastis - 9 Ninth Ave - This brasserie / bar mixes French and American cuisine but they have several good French dishes: Onion soup, Moules frites, Tripes gratinées, Farcis niçois, etc. The fine desserts such as Profiteroles or Tart Tatin are not on their site (why?). A couple of dishes are a bit too pricey. The Wine list is satisfying with fair prices even for top French wines. The service is pleasant. The location is convenient for a party or a celebration and there is a terrace ( 212 929-4844
7/10  PMF (Pardon My French) - 103 Avenue B - PMF, former Casimir, is a nice place to enjoy good French cuisine with a few foreign accents; the Chef is Brazilian French. This is a simple but convivial location, a bit loud at pic hours, with an efficient service provided by French waiters. Several dishes really deserve to be tasted: Accras de Morue, Vol au vent, Os a moelle, Canard, and Filet de Bar. The desserts are international while the Crepes soufflées are French typical. The Wine list is well done and all prices are fair. Better arriving before 7:30 pm.
5/10 Poulette - 790 9th Ave (Hell's Kitchen) & on Amsterdam Ave - Chicken, more chicken French style "rotisserie" but free range and without hormones! A small variety of dishes in a simple location. Prices are fair for NYC. Nice food to take out, not to eat on site. 
5/10  Raclette - 195 Avenue A - This restaurant is too small for a comfortable dinner or for more than 2 people. Don't expect a large menu with French dishes and wines; they only serve Swiss Raclette and Croque-Monsieurs. But everything is fresh! The pricing is honest while the service .. well there is none since you help yourself at the counter.
6/10  T Le Singe Vert [P] - 160 7th Ave - The Green Monkey - a name you don't forget - is a "box like" restaurant with a clean décor and fair service. The dishes are all French classic: Cassoulet, Raie au beurre noir, Moules Marinières, Profiteroles, etc. The cuisine is "good average" and the prices are generally acceptable. Le Singe hosts musical events several times a month therefore it can be noisy and certainly not for a romantic dinner. Guests have a great time with friends, a dish and a glass of good red Bordeaux wine. The terrace is small ( 212 366-4100
8/10 La Sirène [P] - 558 Broome St. - Size doesn't matter: La Sirène is a tiny restaurant but Marseillais chef owner Didier Pawlicki makes southern cuisine singing high tunes. The menu, bigger than the location, is a festival: Roasted Pear melted Blue Cheese, Sautéed Baby Octopus with Garlic, Roasted Beets on green Salad with Brie, etc. Then Gratin of baked Seafood Mornay sauce, Sliced Pork Tenderloin with Morels & Port Wine creamed sauce, Kassulet (signature name Cassoulet), etc. For a great ending: Cannelé Cake with coffee & Rhum sauce, Choux Chantilly, 3-flavor Sorbet cup, etc. The Wine list is abundant and mostly good French. The service and décor are "bon Marseillais" - cool Marseille style. The prices are not cool but it's really worth the spending! ( 212 925-3061 Cash and Amex Only
7/10 $ T u Tartine - 253 West 11th St. - Tartine is a very tiny restaurant, simply decorated (I like their 1933 buoy) with few small tables, but they serve some good French dishes. Their cuisine is tasty and fresh: Escargots, Gratin Goat Cheese on Tartine, Warm Onion Tart, Mussels, Steak au Poivre, etc; they also have dishes we rarely find elsewhere: Grilled Saucisson, Bouchée à la Reine (Mushrooms & Chicken creamy Pie), Boeuf Mignonette, and a yummy Dark Chocolate Mousse Praline. The prices are fair and the service .. well, never mind the service and wine: get your dish yourself and enjoy the food! It's not the place for a comfortable dinner. Thanks God they have a terrace in summer ( 212 229-2611 No website
--- Taureau - 558 Broome Street - Review Coming soon -
--- La Villette - 10 Downing St. - CLOSED 
--- Vin et Fleurs - 69 Thompson Street - Review coming soon -
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---  AOC Bistro - 259 Fifth Avenue - CLOSED  Not AOC in Manhattan: open & running - See above
6/10  T Bacchus - 409 Atlantic Avenue - As the name could tell, Bacchus is a small French wine bar .. and restaurant! This is a simply decorated location with a private patio. Despite what they claim and Zagat good grades, their Wine list is limited for a wine bar and has a too small choice by the glass. But several French dishes such as the Rillettes, Brandade, Raie, and Poitrine de Porc are very good. Why to categorize as "Tapas" instead of Amuse-Bouches, a Warm Brie on Toast? The desserts are classic but well prepared. The service is casual efficient and prices are fair; the Fixed Price Menu is satisfying ( 718 852-1572
5/10  Le Barricou - 533 Grand St. - This simply decorated country restaurant has several communal tables which means you have to share if there is no private tables available. It also features a wine lounge and a fireplace. The small menu includes classic French dishes at fair prices such as Pâté, Escargots, Coq au Vin, Rôti de Porc, .. nothing exceptional, nothing bad. Along the cheeses, you could hope for desserts but the menu provides only 5 choices. Can you get a nice pastry from Marquet Patisserie, cousin to the restaurant? Depends on the day! The Wine list is limited in good names and a bit too pricey for Brooklyn. The service is either decent or hectic: good luck! ( 718 782-7372
5/10  T u Bar Tabac [P] - 128 Smith St. - In France, "Bar-Tabacs" are not restaurants, but this one in NY is. However, the outside appearance could be of a Parisian Bar-Tabac. Part of the Group George Forgeois (Cercle Rouge, Jules Bistro, Ceci-Cela, etc), it is cool and fun, not chic. Only few of the dishes seem prepared by a French chef: the Duck salad, Daube de Boeuf, and Moules Marinières. The dessert menu is small and a bit disappointing. The Wine list doesn't give any of the producer names: trust your instinct and good luck! The service is correct and prices are generally fair. 2 good points: they have jazz 4 times a week and a small terrace ( 718 923-0918 Cash / Amex only
--- Belleville - 330 Fifth St. - CLOSED
8/10 u Bistro Petit - 170 S 3rd St. - Really "Petit", this restaurant is cute but doesn't include real tables; so I would call it a food bar .. but what a food! Korean Chef Sung Park marries French and Korean cuisines and the result is fabulous: Foie Gras Prune Mousse, Kimchi Bouillabaisse, Korean Beef Bourguignon, etc. The affordable menu is small and also includes a few classic dishes, as well as Croque Monsieur, Organic Mesclin, Vegetarian Frittata and a Kobe Burger. There is no desserts nor wine but it's not a miss. You pick up your order and enjoy a great meal at one of the wall tables with stools. ( 718 782 - 2582
--- Café Lafayette - 99 S Portland Avenue - CLOSED 
--- Canaille Wine Bar (Canaille = Rogue) - 78 Fifth Avenue - CLOSED
--- La Cigogne - 215 Union Street - Review coming soon -
--- Moutarde - 239 Fifth Avenue - CLOSED
--- Le P'tit Paris Bistro - 256 Prospect Park W - Review coming soon -
--- Le Petit Marché - CLOSED   Not Marché du Sud: open & running - See Manhattan
6/10  $ T Provence en Boite [P] - 263 Smith St. - If you like clichés about the French you will like this simple restaurant pastry shop: small tables, waiters in beret, simple French dishes, French service (come on, it's not always a bad thing!). The cuisine quality is a bit "surprise of the chef" but people are generally satisfied by the Bouillabaisse or Cassoulet. Keep some space for the pastries: they are really tasty. For the wine, don't expect miracles nor any good Burgundy. Prices are fair whatever dishes or wines you order. But it's not the location for a classy dinner ( 718 797-0707
--- Quercy - CLOSED
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--- L'Artiste - 42 31st Ave, in Astoria - CLOSED 
--- Bonne Saison - 40 04 Bell Blvd, Bayside - CLOSED
5/10  B T Bistro 33 - 19-33 Ditmars Blvd, in Astoria - Pronounce "Beestro Thirty Three" because this restaurant is not really French despite a Michelin award in 2010. However, since all the American / Asian / French dishes are pretty good and the chef very attentive, we didn't downgrade them. The menu is season changing so you need to check their site for all updates. The desserts and the Wine list also have mixed origins. The "dry" decoration is definitively not one of a French restaurant but the service and pricing are decent.( 718 721-1933
5/10 u Café Triskell [P] - 30-04 36th Ave, in Astoria - It is a small and very simple location that serves French dishes, some of them from the Brittany region. Actually, only the Crêpes (savory and sweet) are worth a visit: they are good, the flour is organic and vegetarians are not forgotten. Don't go there for wine. The owner from Brittany is also waiter and does his best when all tables have customers. Prices are fair but not low enough considering the overall quality. Café Triskell is fine for a lunch, not for a real dinner. ( 718 472-0612
--- Pomme Café - CLOSED
--- 718 - CLOSED
5/10 $ B T Tournesol [P] - 50 12 Vernon Blvd, in Long Island City - It's a simple French restaurant with simple service and waiters. Curiously, the menu for lunch is big with few French dishes while for dinner more French dishes show up on a smaller menu. The Tartelette de Saumon (Salmon) and the Duck Magret are great. Check also their Plats du Jour (Daily dishes) that are generally fine. Prices are fair because it's not Manhattan; still, out of their Wine list, the few good wines are pricey. They have a small terrace. ( 718 472-4355 Cash / Amex only
7/10  B u Brasserie Persil [P] - 2825 Long Beach Road, in Oceanside - If you are in the middle of Long Island, you still can eat French. Although it's an American owned restaurant, most dishes are French and good: you could particularly enjoy the Onion soup, Escargots, Moules Marinières, Orange duck, Sole meunière, and Crêpes Suzette. The Wine list includes a large French selection; the "Grand crus" are too expensive (We do not always agree with the comments on their site) but they have some good wines at affordable prices. The decoration is simple but comfy, and even with a small space the service is efficient. Prices are "honest" except for a couple of hot dishes. ( 516 992-1742

5/10  T Le Jardin Restaurant - 1257 River Road, Edgewater; NJ - Located along the Hudson River, looking over Manhattan, Le Jardin is not French despite the name. Only the Noix de Saint Jacques could be a French dish, everything else is alike a basic American bar menu. However, the view is absolutely sumptuous and the garden is marvelous in summer. The service and prices are fair; the Fixed Price Menu is only available Monday to Thursday. There is live Piano music Friday and Saturday evenings
7/10  Chez Vero - Florham Park / Montclair; NJ - This is not a restaurant but deserves to be in the list: its is a very nice little catering business delivering fine "home made" French dishes for dinners and parties. The French Institute branch in Montclair always orders there, which is a good reference. You need to call them for the menu: it's changing and they have specials. They also organize cooking classes.  ( 201 289-0356

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