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Scott_C Jul 27, 2012 09:26 AM

My girlfriend's parents will be here for a month. They're from Nice and not very adventurous, so I'm looking for any French restaurants frequented by French expats. Pommes frites to high end. Thanks for any recs.

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    bronwen Jul 27, 2012 10:20 AM

    There were quite a few French people at Le Veau d'Or when I was there last. It is not adventurous and not fantastic food, quite frankly, but if they get homesick they'll like it!

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      Wilfrid Jul 27, 2012 10:43 AM

      It's not good food, so best not to recommend it. If they're really homesick for typical French food, consider Relaise de Venise.

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      peter j Jul 27, 2012 10:49 AM

      Balthazar seems to get a lot of French tourists.

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        Simon Jul 27, 2012 11:34 AM

        Since they are from Nice, i imagine they also appreciate Italian food since provencal cuisine has many Italian influences. And, since imo, French food in NY is usually mediocre, i recommend you consider some Italian places, of which we have many good ones. I'd consider Scarpetta, Osteria Morini, Dell Anima, and others.

        1. strangemd Jul 27, 2012 12:05 PM

          I would recommend Cercle Rouge in Tribeca. It's a pretty legit little bistro, with all the classics, quite well prepared. My French cousins find it very homey.

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            foodwhisperer Jul 31, 2012 04:42 PM

            I too like Cercle Rouge, especially for the foie gras. Lucien in East Village, gets many French customers, their bouillabaisse is really good and they have many French classic dishes. Many artists, poets, writers frequent the place. It is a bit tight seating ,but well worth trying. Paradou in the Meat Market is also a good French place with a "different" assortment of dishes. The foie gras tasting ( i think 5 different preparations) is rally good.

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              ellenost Jul 31, 2012 06:18 PM

              Wow!-definitely want to try the foie gras tasting!

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                foodwhisperer Jul 31, 2012 07:40 PM

                Its really good, and you can order 1, 2, 3 or 5. they pair each with interesting jams , nuts etc

          2. ellenost Jul 27, 2012 12:26 PM

            Several weeks ago The NY Times ran an article about Le Moulin a Cafe that many people from France really like. It's close to the French school, so (according to the article) many parents like to stop by. The menu looks very nice. Since it's not too far from my apartment, I'm tempted to stop by. The restaurant is on York Ave. near E. 76 St.

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              Ricky Jul 28, 2012 08:03 AM

              One of my friends likes going to Tout Va Bien, but it's been years since I have personally went.

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                City Kid Jul 28, 2012 08:18 AM

                A sophisticated Parisienne I know, who lived in NYC for many years, loved to frequent Jubilee (on 54th Btw. 1-2 Aves) for what she thought the most authentic bistro food in the City.
                http://www.jubileeny.net/

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                  Jane A. Jul 28, 2012 02:46 PM

                  A lot of the french U.N. crowd seem to be at Le Bateau Ivre - a little french wine bar at 230 East 51st.

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                  Scott_C Jul 28, 2012 04:24 PM

                  I haven't heard of most of the places suggested here so I'll definitely keep them in mind. Thanks so much for the responses so far.

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                    tokyosalaryman Aug 1, 2012 08:08 AM

                    Several of my French friends actually like Bar Boulud.
                    I've also seen/heard groups of French people at Buvette when I have been there.

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                      foodwhisperer Aug 1, 2012 10:16 AM

                      i've heard french people at Katz's ,,, really i did.

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