Battle of the Brasserie...
Balthazar or Pastis for steak frites...?
(or alternatives to both?)
I like balthazar because I can hit up the bakery before dinner to take some stuff home. Plus it's a classic. BUT, for my money, I think I'd hit up Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote in midtown east if I wanted steak frites. They're a French mini-chain that only has steak frites on the menu. For $24, you'll get salad, fries and a steak that's doused in a butter, mustard, herb suace. Doesn't sound like much food for the money, right? Just as you're about to complain, a waitresses dressed in a French-maid looking uniform drops another equally sized portion of steak and fries in front of you. Blamo. Delicious.