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Jun 17, 2007 08:12 PM

Inexpensive French?

Any recommendations for inexpensive French (less than $20 for an entree) downtown?
I'm looking for reasonably traditional- it would be a bonus if they had escargot.

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  1. Not sure if this is far enough downtown for you, but La Petite Auberge, on Lex, b/t 27th & 28th Sts., serves traditional French bistro cuisine. The food is always solidly prepared, and the escargots bourguignon -- one of my favorites -- are excellent. They are also noted for their wonderful souffles served for two: chocolate or Grand Marnier. If you want one, order it at the beginning of the meal. Many of the main course items are priced within your budget. There is also a 4-course dinner prix-fixe for $27, with a $3 surcharge for the escargots.

    Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

    4 Replies
    1. re: RGR

      Cafe Loup...13th St. bet. 6th/7th Aves.

        1. re: theworldaway

          Zucco is good, although it can be a tight squeeze. A little further down Orchard, L'Epicerie or Flea Market on Avenue A are good for cheap French food, although I can't say the wine is great.

          1. re: Wilfrid

            Flea Market is good but I like Casimir better.

        1. Tartine is good and also very cheap (BYOB too), though they don't take reservations and the wait is sometimes long. West 11th & West 4th.

          1. Le Jardin Bistro has some main plates which fall into your price range.

            1. Le Tableau, 511 E 5th, betw Aves A and B. Main courses ~$18-$25. Absolutely delicious, with genuine French saveur, and Moroccan accents to boot.