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Reasonable french food

I am looking to take my mother out to a good french place when she comes to visit. location is not a huge deal, but vegetarian options are a must. any sugestions?

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  1. That's a tough one. Which one of you is the vegetarian? Meaning, is your mother looking for a particular vegetarian French dish, or is this request for you? At most of these places, it looks like lunch and brunch are going to be easier than dinner for the vegetarian.

    Gascogne - a good variety of salads and brunch items for lunch. Cute spot.

    Casimir - on Ave B. Good variety of salads, often serves a vegetarian soup. Also has a veg pasta dish and a veg cousous entree. Very charming, cozy space, with a nice garden too. Very consistent food. Service is hit or miss.

    any Le Gamin location - not a fancy place, but serves plenty of traditional French food, including crepes (you can choose the filling).

    Also, take a look at the menu at Le Gigot in the west village.

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    1. re: erin07nyc

      Gascogne is not just "French style," It is owned and run by French transplants.

      Le Gigot is wonderful, if pricy....

      Capsouto Freres is a wonderful brasserie-type place in the west end of Tribeca that's owned and run by French brothers. I love that place. and it has a wonderful brunch on weekends. They make sublime souffles, both savory and sweet.

    2. Since people's opinons of what consitutes "reasonable" can differ, it would help if you would provide a per person budget for food (wine, tax & tip additional). Based on that, Hounds will be able to make appropriate suggestions.

        1. Jubilee. 54th between 1st and 2nd. Great little neighborhood spot. Vegetarian friendly. Reservations a must. Dont miss the yummy frites...

          1. My veg sister likes Artisanal.

            1. How about Epicerie Cafe Charbon on Orchard Street? It is very authentic Frech bistro food in charming surroundings with lovely French waitstaff. And it does have vegetarian options. The walls are lined with French grocery boxes and jars and it has a very comfortable bar/lounge area. I think it would be fun for a NYC visitor. Here's a link to a NYT's link, in case you're interested:

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                1. re: City Kid

                  Cafe Charbon is horrible. I was just there a month ago.We waited over an hour for our entrees and the appetizer mussels were spoiled.

                  1. re: DarthEater

                    That's a shame about Charbon. That's the first bad thing I've read about it, and I was planning on taking my folks there for dinner when they came to town.

                    1. re: douglas525

                      I have been to Cafe Charbon a few times this year, the last time on July 4 and have had nothing but terrific experiences, including the service and food: solid bistro fare and very authentic. I know others who also enjoy this place so have to conclude that DarthEater's experience was an anomoly.