Which French Restaurant Would you choose?
Will my fellow hounds help me decide between the following list of French Restaurants. Having been to Paris numerous times, I really would like to go to a place that brings me back to the great little bistros I have visited in Paris. Thanks!!!
Le Tableau...is it still there??
Le Jardin Bistro
Le Petit Bistro
I haven't been to Tree yet but I remember the space when it was Brunetta's. It has a back garden. Haven't been to Le Petit Bistro either.
From the rest of the list I like Le Gigot, Lucien and Le Tableau in that order.
Le Jarden Bistro is nice when you have good weather for the patio.
I don't care that much for Danal except for teatime or brunch. The food to me is just so-so but it's a homey atmosphere and also has a backyard.
In that list, I ate at Lucien and really loved the food there. They were so gracious with us. I was dead tired, I has spend the last 12 hours on a train, and the girl brought me a stool to sit on. There was no table available and no seat at the bar, it was almost 11 o'clock and I looked about to pass out and the waitress brought me a stool and she brought us a glass of wine. She gave us a Chateauneuf du pape. They do that when you are waiting and there is no seat at the bar and you have to wait standing up. They did a couple of years ago, I don't know if they still do it. The food was excellent. I had a salmon tartare which was excellent. I would recommand this restaurant highly!
I don't know how long Jules (St. Marks between 1st & 2nd) has been around, but my husband and I just sort of stumbled across it a couple of days ago. We thought it was very Parisian, actually - the only thing missing was the stench of Gaulois and Gitanes, fortunately. We had a good dinner - his was the steak frites (NY Strip), accompanied by a nicely-dressed green salad. I had schnitzel - not exactly French, I know - tender enough to cut with my fork, accompanied by a tasty cucumber salad and really good roasted potatoes that had been tossed in garlic/parsley butter. We shared a peach tart for dessert.
We ate quite early - around 6:00 or 6:30 - and the place had open tables galore. We asked the waitress if that was usual and she told us that they get busy a bit later in the evening, when they have live music - a jazz combo, a cuban quartet, flamenco guitarists - a different type of music each night.
We'll definitely return to try new dishes and maybe stick around for the music.
65 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Everyone I brought to Jules loved it. I discovered it by chance on the Internet and brought a friend of mine there who lived in New York and did not know about it. He then brought plenty of people there. It is quite fun going there and having a glass of champagne after your dinner and listening to the music. We always get good service there because we speak French. They tease us because they say that people from Quebec are heavy drinkers:) There is food on top of the alcohol and it is good. Foodwise I would say that Lucien is better but Jules is strong bistro food.