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French Bistro in West Village

Hi NYC Hounds,

Visiting from the West Coast next week and staying in the Village. Any cozy, great french bistros for lunch or dinner? Your recs very much appreciated! Also, any other recs in the area will be well received. We eat it all. Many thanks.

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  1. Jarnac is cozy without being cramped, and has great food and excellent service.

    My other favorites in the area:

    Crispo (Italian)
    Chow Bar (Pan-Asian)
    Snack Taverna (Greek)
    Village (modern American/French)

    1. Another cozy place with great food is Le Gigot on Cornelia Street.

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        1. re: kobetobiko

          Third Le Gigot! also, if you'd like to byo, Tartine has great food... and a very low price.

          1. re: ChefJune

            Three marks for Le Gigot, sounds perfect. Checked them out online, great rec, thanks. Any thoughts on Cafe Cluny? I found a few reviews online and some good comments... worth a stop? Crispo rrems, sounds great as well. Any brunch tips for Sunday before our daughter leaves for NC? Thanks to all for the great advise!

            1. re: sbkat

              Lots of brunch options: good, Morandi, Westville, Cornelia St. Cafe, August, Jane, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Spotted Pig

              1. re: sbkat

                i live right near cafe cluny and was quite excited to see them open, but I have been pretty disappointed. their food is mediocre at best and varies. the price point is on the high end for what you actually get in terms of taste.

                however, the decor is adorable and charming. perhaps better for a glass of wine before eating elsewhere.

                1. re: _lula_

                  Lula - thanks for the honest view of Cafe Cluny. Made reservations at Le Gigot instead, but a wine stop at CC sounds good.

                  Lucia - the Spotted Pig is definitely on our stop for either brunch, dinner or whenever we can get in! Do you know if they still do not take reservations? I heard they expanded their space to include the second floor? August may be worth checking out for brunch, as we were unable to get a table for dinner. Thanks again all!

                  1. re: sbkat

                    Spotted Pig still doesn't take reservations. I went on a Saturday around noon over the summer and it was relatively empty--we sat on the second floor. Sundays tend to be heavier/more crowded brunch days.

                    1. re: Lucia

                      Thanks again Lucia for the update!

                    2. re: sbkat

                      Hi sbkat,

                      Someone mentioned Wallse below, and it is definitely worth checking out at dinner or brunch.

                      1. re: kobetobiko

                        Hi Kobetobiko,

                        Yes, I believe it was iforman2001 that mentioned Wallse. We're considering it for brunch, but with so many great brunch spots in the WV, it's hard to choose. We're blessed to have these problems, aren't we? Going to Le Gigot for dinner Thursday, and we really want italian Friday, again in the WV. Crispo keeps getting good mentions here. Thoughts folks? Again, many thanks! Kat

                      2. re: sbkat

                        sbkat, We walked into August once and were seated fairly quickly without a reservation on a weeknight about 8 pm. They save some tables in the front room for walk-ins. It's a little pricy but quite good.

                        1. re: rrems


                          I think we will try your approach and try and get in on Sunday night, next weekend while we're there. Thanks for the tip; fingers crossed!

              2. Also, for wonderful new American, try Perilla. It's one of the best restaurants in the Village.

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                1. re: rrems

                  Hi rrems,

                  Having dinner there Sunday night. Very much looking forward to it! Thanks again. Kat

                2. tartine is a local bistro favorite but ultra cramped...its cheap though.

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                  1. re: sam1

                    there is a recent thread on tartine OP might want to check out.

                  2. Oh gee! "other" recommendations? My all-time favorite neighborhood restaurant is El Charro, a little Spanish (Galician) place at 4 Charles Street, just off Greenwich AVENUE.

                    1. Le Gigot is my favorite - its very intimate and family-run. Other suggestions in the area:

                      Cafe Cluny
                      Snack Taverna
                      AOC Bedford

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                      1. re: iforman2001

                        Wallse never disappoints. Matter of fact, I always seem to chastise myself for not eating there more often when I leave. Love the room too

                          1. re: thegreekone

                            So many recs for Wallse, we just can't ignore them! We're having brunch there next weekend. Those oven baked eggs and everything else look scrumptious. Thanks for the recommendation.

                        1. Be sure to return and report on your trip, sbkat. We will all be interested in your impressions.

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                          1. re: rrems

                            Absolutely rrems, and many thanks to all of you who helped plan this wonderful trip! Dinner plans are as follows for next week:
                            Thursday - dinner at Le Gigot for a cozy french dinner. Friday evening dining at Hearth to enjoy Italian influenced dinner. Saturday we're on our own. We have a great apartment to cook and enjoy in, or we may brave it, and try and get into a couple places that don't take reservations, who knows, we may also need a break from all this great food and just sit at home and have a good bottle of wine.
                            Sunday, our daughter leaves to return to her home in NC, and we have to rough it at Perilla - hope the food helps mend my sad-kid missed heart.
                            Monday Evening we end up at Cru. Then back to the West Coast. We're going to have a great brunch at Wallse over the weekend as well, plus get in a much needed pastrami at Katz. Thank you all, NY Hounds. Kat

                          2. We went to Le Gigot (already mentioned several times) for the first time Friday evening. We had an early dinner, no reservations and were warmly welcomed. We had crab salad with avocado, white frisee and trout caviar and escargot for our appetizers. For entrees we had duck confit with haricot vert and garlic leek mashed potatoes and bouillabaise. Also, wine, dessert (something chocolate our server suggested) and espresso. Service was warm and friendly, atmosphere was small and cozy. Food was delicious. Another lovely gem on Cornelia Street. sbkat, please report back on your experience and we hope you enjoyed your trip and Le Gigot as much as we did.

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                            1. re: financialdistrictresident

                              FDR, thanks for the thoughtful report; especially appreciate the comments about how you were welcomed and taken care of. We have to get back there soon.