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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: RGR

        Zucco, on Orchard and Houston

        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.

      2. Gascogne, 8th at 18th

        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.

              1. We had a lovely dinner at Chez Jacqueline on MacDougal. Had some wonderful mussels, brandade and steak tartare. Plus we sat by the windows with the shutters open looking out onto the street--almost felt like being back in provence.

                1. Ivo & Lulu in SoHo has delicious French Caribbean and it's VERY reasonable. It's BYOB and the most expensive entrée is $14. It can be a long wait, though, so go early. Their sister restaurant, "A," is on Broadway on the UWS.

                  1. Jean-Claude is a favorite by a mile. It used to really cheap, and it's still cheaper than most French restaurants.