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Feb 25, 2011 11:13 AM

Steak Frites in NYC - not the restaurant with the same name, but the dish.

Hi all,

I am looking for classic french bistro-style steak frites in NYC.
I'm not looking for a New York style steak house steak, so doesn't need to be compared to Wolfgang's Luger's etc, but a just a good French Bistro steak. Price doesn't matter (but less is better!) and doesn't have to be fancy but just delicious. Any neighborhood is ok. Oh, and the deliciousness factor of the frites is important, too. And comments on condiments are appreciated as well!


~Ali B

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  1. Le Parisien is a teensy and charming French bistro on 33rd, b/t 3rd & Lex (in the space preciously occupied by Cosette.) We've been there a couple of times. They serve an excellent steak/frites, and the other food we've had was not too shabby either.

    Le Parisien photos:

    1. The Steak Frites at Balthazar, imo, is the standard to measure those by others in the city today. It's really that good. you won't stop eating the fries, too.

      The bar/cafe menu at Riverpark has a very good deal on a good Steak Frites at $18. Again, the fries, i thought, were very good too.

      I've not had it , but seen it served to others, plus everything else that I've had at this restaurant have been good to excellent - the Steak Frites at Minetta Tavern.

      Minetta Tavern
      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: RCC

        Re: Balthazar. While the frites were excellent, I didn't think the steak was anywhere near as good as I'd expected to be.

        Steak/frites can be seen in this set of Balthazar photos:

        1. re: RGR


          Is the Bar Steak the same as the Steak Frites at Balthazar? I thought I saw the Bar Steak listed separately. Anyway here is pic of Steak Frites at Balthazar...and because RGR included her pic of the profiteroles, I am too. Divine.

          1. re: TrishUntrapped

            I was trying to reuse the pictures I already have on Chowhound but they came out blurry. I tried to remove them but they won't I will try to repost the photos properly... I hate computers.

            1. re: TrishUntrapped

              Here goes: Oops that's blurry too. Sorry.

            2. re: TrishUntrapped


              I see that you are correct that the bar steak is listed separately. Iirc, we were told that it's a smaller version of the Steak/Frites cut. Despite the blurriness, your steak doesn't look different from mine.

              And, btw, it's not computers that's the problem. It's the horrible CH software.


          2. re: RCC

            I agree that Balthazar is the standard bearer for Steak Frites in the city. It's almost the only thing I get when I go there. If you want a little different twist, I enjoyed the swordfish steak frites dish at David Burke's Fishtail.
            Not quite as high end, but I also like the steak frites at L'Express.

            80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

            249 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

          3. Demarchelier on East 86th (near Madison) if you are in the neighborhood. $26 on the prix fixe menu. It's been two years since I had it though but the place has been an UES fixture for many years. Well at least since 1991!

            50 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

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            1. re: scoopG

              I haven't been there in years -- should I give it another try? It was pretty bad when I went. I usually go to Le Paris when I have a steak frites craving and don't want to travel.

              Le Paris
              1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

              1. re: MMRuth

                Hi M - it has been awhile...another place on the UES is Jacques Bistro - but again it too has been awhile since I've had their Steak Frites... Will have to check out Le Paris.


            2. Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote is a branch of a Parisien resto that is famed for its steak frites:

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              1. re: whs

                I was here for dinner last weekend after a trip to MoMA, and I really enjoyed it. The prix fixe is $24 for green salad in mustardy vinaigrette + steak frites with their 'secret' sauce. I usually order medium rare but ordered rare here and thought it was perfect. We sprung $24 for a bottle of perfectly serviceable house Cotes de Bordeaux, and I think $7 for profiteroles in a dark chocolate sauce. Simple, and delicious, especially for the price.

                Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote
                590 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

                1. re: whs

                  I like Le Relais as well, but want to be clear that they serve a sliced steak (tho very, very good).

                2. I've had the frites at Les Halles and couldn't get enough of them.

                  Les Halles
                  15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

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                  1. re: cigarmedic4

                    I had the steak frites at Les Halles on John St. last Saturday and it was one of the best I've ever had.