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Mar 15, 2009 10:02 AM

Please recommend a French restaurant near The Met.

Do you have a favorite dish?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. "The Met" can mean Metropolitan Museum or Metropolitan Opera, in completely different locations, so which are you referring to? Are you looking for lunch or dinner? Price range?

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    1. re: rrems

      Sorry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, dinner, flexible on price. Going to France next month and need to bone up on my food and wine terms.

      1. re: il Trifulau

        I am not familiar with many restaurants in that neighborhood, but I do know that Cafe d'Alsace, which is not too far from the Met (2nd and 88th), has the same chef and owners as Nice Matin and Marseille, which I love, so I think that may be a good choice.

        1. re: rrems

          I like Cafe d'Alsace too, though I've not been for a while now. Another option - not traditional French though - is Cafe Boulud.

          Bistro du Nord is French and at 93rd & Madison - but I don't really recommend it - it's a bit erratic in terms of the kitchen. I also suggest avoiding DeMarchelier. The OP might look into Le Refuge - can't remember exactly where it is off hand.

          Orsay is another choice not too too far away - Lex & 75th I think.

          1. re: MMRuth

            I also like Pascalou, just south on the same block as Bistro du Nord. Nothing fancy, and better food I think. Just a nice neighborhood place, reasonably priced, with bistro comfort food.

            1. re: City Kid

              Yes, I agree - more consistent food than Bistro du Nord. Haven't been for a while.

        2. re: il Trifulau

          Our favorite restaurant near the Met Museum is Cafe Boulud, on 76th St., b/t Madison & 5th. It is, of course, 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's second-tier restaurant, but the cuisine is first-rate, the wine list is excellent, service is cordial and polished, and the atmospherics are very pleasing. The foie gras and duck preparations are always delicious, and I have never had a dessert there that was less than terrific.

          I like Cafe d'Alsace. Quite different from Cafe Boulud. Good bistro-style French food, bustling vibe, and much more moderate prices.

      2. I also like Cafe d"Alsace. Love the duck breast and the tarte flambee.

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          1. re: chaz

            We haven't been to Le Refuge in ages, but the meals we had in the past were always very good. Charming ambiance, as well. It's on 82nd St., b/t Lex & 3rd.


          2. I remember a decent meal at Table d'Hote in the low 90s just east of Madison, though I haven't been in about 7 years. Does anyone have more recent information about it?

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            1. re: rteplow

              It's still quite good - it's been a year or so since I've been.

              1. re: MMRuth

                A friend and I had dinner at Table d'Hote yesterday. We ate early (we were catching the 7:10pm "Julie and Julia" at Loews Orpheum), arriving at 5:30. Until we left c. 6:45, we were the only diners there (I know, early, Sat. evening in August, Carnegie Hill, but still...). They have a decent prix fixe, around $24, from 5-7pm and another all evening for around $29 (I think the latter lets you order a tasting-sized portion of any entree on the menu), in addition to a la carte. Food was simple but good and well prepared. Limited wines by the glass @ c. $10 per. Service was OK; one waiter and one busboy, neither particularly charming. Slightly disconcerting that asteroids or some such videogame emanating from the kitchen area (!) was clearly audible in the otherwise quiet dining room at one point. With warmer service and less sound effects, would be a place I'd go to more often since I live just up the street.