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Moderate priced French?

MedStudent Sep 29, 2007 07:26 PM

Anyone have any suggestions for a french restaurants that are decently priced and have a good atmosphere for a younger group? Budget is about $50 each including drinks and neighborhood doesn't really matter too much. Thanks!

  1. Deenso Oct 3, 2007 09:42 AM

    Chez Jacqueline on Macdougal - small-ish, moderately-priced menu, Provencal cuisine.

    1. Striver Oct 3, 2007 09:02 AM

      I like Le Gigot on Cornelia Street, right off Bleecker; very good bistro food, reasonably priced (small, though - wouldn't recommend it for a large group).

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        BudFox Oct 3, 2007 08:48 AM

        AOC in the West Village is decent for the price. If the weather is nice sit outside in the garden area.

        314 Bleecker St at Grove St.

        1. neverfull Oct 3, 2007 07:26 AM

          Gascogne on 7th Ave in Chelsea.

          1. kcijones001 Oct 3, 2007 07:22 AM

            Brasserie 360 (right outside Bloomies) or Les Halles (27th and Park)

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              foodluvngal Oct 3, 2007 04:58 AM

              There was a thread some time back singing the praises of La Petite Auberge on Lexington in the upper 20s. I've been going there for years for decently-priced, country-style French food. Also, not necessarily a younger-group atmosphere, but still a good neighborhood-y, unpretentious place. Search for the thread.

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                mrnyc Oct 2, 2007 11:40 PM

                CAFE LOUP is ours, i mention it, but i cant rec it as it caters to an older crowd.

                your group would prob have more fun in LE PERE PINARD.

                1. druz99 Oct 2, 2007 07:43 PM


                  I just went to Tartine located on 11th St. in the W. Village for lunch today. The food was really quite amazing, especially considering the price! The restaurant is quite small and it isn't exactly your young, swanky, cocktail sipping venue...more a brownstone with hard-wood floors in the middle of a very quaint neighborhood. But the food is excellent! If you're interested, you can check out my Gobbl blog - http://dru.gobbl.com to see some pictures I took of my lunch at Tartine earlier today. Bonne Chance!

                  I like to eats.

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                    RCC Oct 2, 2007 11:25 PM

                    We like Tartine, too. But just to add more, there is a No Reservations policy in this restaurant, plus it is BYOB only.

                    We like it for the simple, yet above average, French bistro dishes.

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                    lisette Oct 2, 2007 12:33 PM

                    Gavroche on 14th Street. Good food, lovely garden, charming hostess. You can check out their menu online.

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                      hopegoode Oct 2, 2007 04:36 PM

                      Second the suggestion for La Mirabelle. We find it very much like bistros in France...understated but traditional preparation.

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                        fgf Oct 2, 2007 04:49 PM

                        I also like La Mirabelle, but I would also suggest Capsouto Freres downtown on Washinton street. It's not exactly a 'young crowd' but the room is beautiful and the neighborhood is pretty cool.

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                      brillatsavarin Oct 2, 2007 11:59 AM

                      La Mirabelle,
                      102 W 86th St (@ Columbus Ave)
                      New York, NY 10024
                      (212) 496-0458
                      Good food, relaxed atmosphere, low key.

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                        bookgirlnyc Sep 30, 2007 04:52 PM

                        We love <a href="http://luciennyc.com/>Lucien</a> in the East Village - modest price, traditional but always good bistro fare in a great space and location.

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                          rosemary1008 Sep 29, 2007 08:07 PM

                          Jules; check other GV sites-- frankly, I've begun to think this is not the best place, i.e., NYC, to look for what you ask. There are a number of completely all right moderately priced French bistros, but not showcase restaurants as such. Am interested to hear what other Chowhounds have to say about this.

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                            Blumie Sep 29, 2007 07:52 PM

                            La Lunchonette [sic] on 10th Avenue in Chelsea.

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