Country French - Lower Manhattan
Three food fans coming to Manhattan and need recommendations for French in South Manhattan.
We are attending a food show at the Jacob Javits Center on Tuesday the 14th and are looking for a dinner locale in that part of town.
Prefer a small, (less than 50 seats), casual, very good to excellent food, the ambience is not important, nor is the pricing. If it is a new venue or an owner/chef operation, that's perfect.
While Gascogne is a very good French bistro, I think Fleur de Sel more closely matches what you have in mind. It is more upscale than Gascogne but still casual. Chef/owner Cyril Renaud was previously at the now defunct Caravelle before opening Fleur de Sel in 2000. His cuisine is superb, the wine list is excellent, service is professonal, and the small space has attractive contemporary decor.
Enjoy and Bon Appetit!