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Jan 18, 2008 07:55 AM

Old Fashioned French

My 15 year old niece is visiting over her spring break and wants to go to an old fashioned French restaurant -- took her to Le Perigord and she loved it. Any suggestions? She is pretty sophisticated for a teenager.

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    1. Better than Le Perigord but more expensive is La Grenouille. Slightly less stuffy, and also very good, is L'Absinthe. Those are about the only surviving members of the species now. Beware Veau D'Or, which looks the part but doesn't have good food.

      There are many casual French bistros too, but I think those are the only places to compare with Le Perigord now Bouterin has closed.

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      1. re: Wilfrid

        imho, La Grenouille is ne plus ultra! Take her there!

      2. La Petite Auberge is our favorite for old-fashioned French bistro. Definitely not on the same culinary or monetary level as Perigord and Grenouille. However, for more than 30 years, it has been serving well-prepared classics. The small space has decor which is like a cozy inn in Britanny, which is where the owners came from, one of whom is always on the premises, making sure that everything is running smoothly. Although LPA has a reputation for having an older clientele, recently I've noticed that many younger diners have discovered its charms.

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        1. re: RGR

          Second, LPA. I think of it as Right Bank Paris in NYC as opposed to La Bonne Soup as a Left Bank casual place.

        2. La Grenouille for fancy. La Petite Auberge for cozy and quaint.

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          1. re: Lucia

            Other cozy and quaint neighborhood places are La Mediterranée and La Mangeoire, both of which have a long-term old time following.