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Moderate priced French?

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!

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

    1. 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.

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

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

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

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            1. re: lisette

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

              1. re: hopegoode

                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.

            2. MedStudent,

              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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              1. re: druz99

                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.

              2. 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. 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.

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

                    1. Gascogne on 7th Ave in Chelsea.

                      1. 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. 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).

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