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Apr 17, 2008 09:19 AM

French Bistro near the whitney?

Looking for a not too pricey or stodgey place near Madison and 75th--hopefully a nice neighborhood place. Our go to place up there WAS La Tour...

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  1. Hmm - you could go over to Orsay, on Lexington - though it's more of a brasserie, I'd say. I've had nice oysters there, I like their foie gras and steak tartare. The smoked salmon appetizer is well done, as well.

    1057-59 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

      1. re: sed231

        I've only been there once, and didn't post a review, but I was less than impressed with the food, particularly given the cost. Also, the service struck me as lackluster. But, one visit isn't the be all and end all either, though I've not been inclined to go back. Any particular dishes that you recommend?

        I have been curious about Le Chat Noir, but haven't been yet. I do like La Goulue, but Orsay is a bit more reasonable.

        La Goulue
        746 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065

        227 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065-6002

        Chat Noir
        22 East 66th Street, New York, NY 10065

        1. re: MMRuth

          I was just at Bistro Chat Noir a few weeks ago. We had asparagus, artichoke soup (a special), roast chicken, and salmon. I'd say the food was decent to good...nothing special, nothing to go back for.
          I really wanted to love this place-I love the space, the atmosphere, the staff...
          They have a decent, small wine list and it's the kind of place you feel like a regular in, even if you are not...but it isn't inexpensive, and the food level wasn't quite there...a little too overcooked, a little too...something missing--
          I can't really see me going back for dinner. I might want to try their lunch/brunch sometime, though.

          1. re: David W

            Thanks for that. Unfortunately, that's my feeling about a number of small French places - including Bistro du Nord and Demarchelier, in my neighborhood.

      2. How about Sel et Poivre, on Lexington around 65th? Nice, low-key, fairly cheap (esp the prix fixe), not earth-shattering but solidly decent food.