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PreservedFish May 5, 2008 01:41 PM

What are the most classic (maybe even region-specific) French restaurants in the city?

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    Cpalms RE: PreservedFish May 5, 2008 02:21 PM

    Bistro Benoit....althoughbrand new, doesnt get any more classic than that...

    1. biondanonima RE: PreservedFish May 5, 2008 02:55 PM

      Balthazar.

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        suzaan RE: PreservedFish May 5, 2008 09:55 PM

        La Grenouille is by far the most classic in Manhattan. On 52 between 5 and madison. Absolutely beautiful spot with an amazing history. A bit pricey but the bar offers cheaper options. Ask about the private room. If the owner Charles is there and they don't have a private party booked he loves to take you upstairs and tell you about its wonderful history. A landmark spot!

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          MMRuth RE: suzaan May 6, 2008 04:22 AM

          I agree - in terms of classic French, as opposed to Bistro or Brasserie.

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            guttergourmet RE: MMRuth May 6, 2008 04:41 AM

            ditto and make sure you order les cuisses de grenouille (ribbit)!

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              MMRuth RE: guttergourmet May 6, 2008 04:50 AM

              I also love their Dover Sole.

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            Angelina RE: suzaan May 6, 2008 05:01 AM

            La Grenouille is the first restaurant I thought of before opening this post! Classic French! I just love that dinning room!! SO elegant! Dover Sole is great and I really enjoy their split pea soup!! Have fun

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