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Inexpensive French?

headband Jun 17, 2007 08:12 PM

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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    RGR RE: headband Jun 17, 2007 09:22 PM

    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!


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      drumwine RE: RGR Jun 17, 2007 10:11 PM

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

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        theworldaway RE: RGR Jun 18, 2007 12:29 AM

        Zucco, on Orchard and Houston

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          Wilfrid RE: theworldaway Jun 18, 2007 07:13 AM

          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.

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            KTinNYC RE: Wilfrid Jun 18, 2007 10:31 AM

            Flea Market is good but I like Casimir better.

      2. ChefJune RE: headband Jun 17, 2007 10:55 PM

        Gascogne, 8th at 18th

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          hbeeman RE: headband Jun 18, 2007 08:40 AM

          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.

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            batterypark RE: headband Jun 18, 2007 10:22 AM

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

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              S R RE: headband Jun 18, 2007 06:14 PM

              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.

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                berna RE: headband Jun 19, 2007 05:37 AM

                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.

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                  beck RE: headband Jun 19, 2007 07:08 AM

                  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.

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                    nokitsch RE: headband Jun 19, 2007 10:10 AM

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

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