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Jul 17, 2010 07:14 PM

French Restaurant for Next Weekend

I will be in NYC next weekend. We are interested in a nice meal with a French influence Friday night. We are staying at the Le Parker Meridien and would like to stay generally in that area only because we will be downtown quite a bit for the rest of the weekend, BUT we are willing to go anywhere for the right place. I love Balthazar, but wanted to possibly venture beyond "bistro" fare, but nothing too fancy/foamy:)

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  1. How much are you willing to spend including tax, tip, and wine/drinks?

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    1. re: kathryn

      Well, I should mention I am pregnant and a pretty cheap date these days...Let's say $50 per person. My husband will probably get a drink, but I won't include that.

    2. Benoit is the obvious choice in that neighborhood. dB Bistro Moderne isn't far, or you could go a little uptown to Bar Boulud. The honest truth, as ever, is that getting a French dinner in Manhattan for $50 pp including tax and tip is very tough.

      Good prices, a little out of your neighborhood: Bar Breton.

      La Quenelle
      254 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10020

      1. Check out Allegretti. They have a prix fixe, and the a la carte may fit your budget since you are not drinking. The provencal food is superb.

        46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

        1. If you are willing to go for French haute lunch instead of French dinner, I HIGHLY recommend Jean Georges. They offer 2 courses for $29, each additional course for $15, and dessert for $8. My fiance and I ordered 3 courses plus dessert each, and it was one of the best meals we've had in the last year. You can read more about the deal here:

          Jean Georges
          1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023