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May 25, 2010 03:00 PM

Is there a real French restaurant in NY?

A place that serves all or most of the following:
pigs' feet, calf's head, head cheese, blood pudding, tripe, kidneys, sweetbreads, liver, cold jellied meats, chitterling sausages, wild hare, sea snails, rouget, grainy & strong tasting fish soup, etc., and
which does not serve:
(1) Mussels (which are a Belgian dish; not French), (2) sidewalk cafe short-order dishes like onion soup or Croque Monsieur, nor (3) green salad, hamburgers, salmon, pork or lamb shank, all of which are American dishes.

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  1. La Grenouille might be a good place to start.

    La Grenouille
    3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

      1. I don't know where this very odd list springs from, but some of the best green salads I've eaten have been at restaurants in the French countryside. A lot of the dishes you mention as desirable are regional, and many would never appear on the menu of a 3-star restaurant in Paris. La Grenouille would be recognized as a "French restaurant" by a Frenchman.

        La Grenouille
        3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

        1. I eat a lot of mussels over the Italian border in France, which is about as far from Belgium as you can get in France.

          And I think of green salads as French -- if by green you mean something other than iceberg lettuce.

          And Christian Constant serves salmon at his restaurants in Paris, and most europeans eat both pork and lamb shank, and did so long before America was known to them.

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          1. re: barberinibee

            And the Saumon Souffle at L'Auberge de L'Ille in Alsace has been on their menu forever, and is the bast salmon dish I've ever eaten!

            1. re: barberinibee

              The lamb shank thing...I mean come on....un gigot is completely a French dish.

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