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Nov 16, 2007 04:56 AM

Favorite French Bistro Food

Spending 3 nights in Dec. Please share your favorite french bistro's. Thanks.

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  1. small and intimate: Bistro les Amis
    a little bigger, very reasonable prices, live music in the evening: Jules
    big and boistrous - really a brasserie, rather than a bistro: Balthazar

    Bistro Les Amis
    180 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

    80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

    Jules Bistro
    65 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: Deenso

      I am curious to know what people think of the tiny French walk-down La Boite en Bois at 68th & Columbus.

      1. re: idia


        La Boite en Bois has been around for ages. And that's about how long ago it's been since we had dinner there. Yes, it is teensy, i.e, living up to its name in translation = "a box in the woods." Well, o.k., on the outskirts of Central Park. The menu is classic French bistro and, as best as I can recall, the food was good. Until fairly recently, it was cash ony. If you do decide to give it a try, I hope you'll report back.

        1. re: RGR

          Thanks RGR. I appreciate your comments. I will be having lunch there next Sunday before the theater. I will report back.
          They tell me it translates to "The Wooden Box" and that it now takes credit cards.

          1. re: idia

            Hmmm... Well, "wooden box" or "box in the woods" -- it's still teensy. lol I look forward to reading your review.

            Enjoy the show and Bon Appetit!

      2. re: Deenso

        I went to jules last night and it was awful. My pate tasted like cat food my friends steak wasn't much better.

        1. re: alex70

          I am sorry to hear about this because we went in March and the food was good. It was not in the class of high-end restaurants but it was good. Lucien is definitely better, but I hope you at least enjoyed the music!

        1. I had dinner at 3 french bistros in the city. I had dinner at Jules and loved it. The ambiance is cool with the live jazz music and the food is good. I had dinner at Lucien on 1st avenue. The food was excellent. Their salmon tartar was incredible! I also had the steak tartar at Pere Pinard. It was god but nothing incredible. It is too loud a place for me. We had dinner on the outdoor terrasse and had a drink inside after and it is hot and loud. Their wine list is not too expensive with good choices.

          1. I like Jarnac in the west village. Charming atmosphere and quite good food. Alouette on B'way and 97th is sort of a fancied-up bistro, with excellent food.

            1. I haven't found a bistro serving all of my favorites under one roof, but here's a couple that exceed in certain dishes:
              Best croque monsieur: L'Express or Pastis
              Best French onion soup: Lucien
              Best cheese plates and fondue: Artisanal
              Great prix-fixe: Sel et Poivre

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              1. re: LeahBaila

                Sel et Poivre? Acceptable if you have to be in the neighborhood, but such dull food. It can be good for a laugh though. The last time I ate there a lady of a certain age seated at the next table ordered a glass of tonic water and then proceeded to surreptitiously pour vodka into it from a water bottle stashed in her purse.