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Jul 18, 2013 01:55 PM

Casual French, Le Parisien

Good afternoon, my wife and I enjoy simple/country French food. Normally, we travel to NYC in cooler times. However, we will be there next week. I am looking for a local's type of French Bistro with good food and one that will not require us to dress up. Pictures of the restaurant and patrons show folks even wearing shorts.. We are very familiar with the subway and bus system and will be staying just off 3rd Ave and 52 St. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  1. For lunch, go to MinettaTavern. Very tough reservation for dinner, though.

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    1. re: RCC

      and you'd be out of place in shorts there

      1. re: thegforceny

        I've seen occasional shorts-wearing diners when I've gone there for summer dining (dinenrs) before. They appear comfortable and not our of place. The atmosphere is not really a stiff and formal one ... it's a bustling casual bistro format.

      2. We love our little neighborhood Le Parisien. Excellent food, service and ambience. It's not a bad walk down 3rd Ave.

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        1. I liked Le Parisien when we had a steak frites dinner there about a year ago, but a month ago, all our entrees were overcooked and service wasn't amazing. Don't know if I'd go back there again, and I live a block away

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          1. re: janethepain

            Do you think it was a case of just a bad night? Unfortunately, it happens and I've been on the receiving end at a very big name French Restaurant in Manhattan.

            1. re: facultyandtraveler

              Not sure, it was poor execution over a variety of dishes. My pea and mint soup of the day was overly starchy and bleh, my duck breast was overcooked (a sin!), and someone else admitted at the end his pork was also overcooked. But who knows, maybe they do some things better than others? Maybe they were careless that night?

          2. Lucien in EV, has very good French food. It is very casual also. It is not really French Bistro, i.e. a steak frites place, but has great bouillabaisse and more at reasonable prices, the owner/chef is French.
            Other inexpensive , casual bistro type would be Balthazar, Pastis, Cercle Rouge, Paradou in the Meat Market District might be a good choice, they have a great foie gras tasting menu.