Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Apr 29, 2009 07:46 PM

French Bistro for a Bday Dinner

Looking for a french bistro in Soho or nearby to take my partern of 15 yrs for his birthday next week. We couldnt make it back to PAris this year but I thought a little taste in the City may help. Any suggestions?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. As far as SOHO goes ,,all i can think of is Balthazar then afterward go down teh street to Ceci Cela for dessert ,, At least the owner is French and they speak french there ,, good pastires.. Otherwise,,, Lucien on 1st ave. and 1st street has good french food ,, small place.... Cercle Rouge is almost SOHO its Tribeca ,, good foie gras and the staff is mostly french and belgian,, and in Meat market I'd say Pastis would qualify and its on a nice street , that gives a real European atmosphere

    1 Reply
    1. re: foodwhisperer

      i used to love Lucien (i've rec'd it here often in the past), but it's gone into such a deep downhill rut on all levels (food, service, cleanliness) that i won't eat there until there is some massive improvement...

    2. Bistro les Amis at Spring St. - small and somewhat intimate, except for the outdoor tables. Jules on St. Marks - a little more lively, with jazz later in the evening.

      Bistro Les Amis
      180 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Jules Bistro
      65 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      1. I cannot personally vouch since I have not yet been there, but i have heard very good things about la sirene (there was a good times review, and the reviews on this board have been promising). It is also BYOB, so you could bring with you a really special bottle of wine to toast the occaision.

        1. Gascogne in Chelsea is a very authentic and warm French restaurant with a lovely back garden. Not a bistro, per se, but casual enough. I second Jules as a terrific little spot but it is subterranean and a little darker - better for evening.

          1. I have not been but am going to Bar Artisanal in Tribeca next week. Take a look at the menu, will make you feel very Parisian.