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Keepcalmandcarryon Apr 1, 2014 05:49 PM

Suggestions for French restaurants that are less expensive than Daniel and Le Bernadin but have more creative and interesting menus than standard French bistro fare?

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  1. Ziggy41 RE: Keepcalmandcarryon Apr 1, 2014 05:52 PM

    Le philosophe

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      mla19 RE: Ziggy41 Apr 3, 2014 04:48 PM

      +1 for Le Philosophe but note that it is a whole lot more casual and noisy than Daniel and Le Bernardin (in addition to being less expensive)

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        TitoSofrito RE: Ziggy41 Apr 3, 2014 08:20 PM

        +2 for le philosophe

        little prince is also solid, although probably a bit closer to the standard bistro fare (in terms of menu items, not quality)

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          sgordon RE: Ziggy41 Apr 7, 2014 08:11 AM

          I wouldn't personally call Le Philosophe "creative" - that's not a knock, mind you, sometimes old standbys are nice. But any place where the entree menu consists of Tournedos Rossini, Blanquette de Veau, Lobster Thermidor, etc... it's not "bistro" fare, but it's not really pushing the boundaries either.

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            Ziggy41 RE: sgordon Apr 7, 2014 08:51 AM

            I think the consensus with Le philosophe and from my experience was that nothing is as it seems on the menu and its more of creative plays on some of the classics while others may just be revived or slightly updated. e.g. "Escargot" is a mixed salad with chickpeas and black garlic instead of your normal dish (although I dont see it currently on the menu). Frog legs are actually deboned and mixed with mushrooms, sunchokes and garlic.

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              JC2 RE: Ziggy41 Apr 7, 2014 09:27 AM

              Totally agree. If you read the menu, it looks like an ordinary French restaurant. It is what they do with the food that makes it so interesting.

        2. ipsedixit RE: Keepcalmandcarryon Apr 1, 2014 06:35 PM

          Rotisserie Georgette

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            foodwhisperer RE: Keepcalmandcarryon Apr 2, 2014 03:33 AM

            Le Grenouille
            Modern ( it's French in a way)
            Chez jacqueline

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              MrGrumpy RE: foodwhisperer Apr 7, 2014 11:15 AM

              The Modern has a new chef from The NoMad. The menu has changed and now seems more American than French.

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              darren425 RE: Keepcalmandcarryon Apr 2, 2014 06:50 AM

              Jean Georges - for the lunch prix fixe
              Boulud Sud

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                JC2 RE: Keepcalmandcarryon Apr 4, 2014 06:58 AM

                la siren

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                  monab RE: Keepcalmandcarryon Apr 4, 2014 11:55 AM

                  Very casual, but with great, GREAT food: Buvette in the West Village.
                  The absolute BEST chocolate mousse in the city.

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                    Keepcalmandcarryon RE: Keepcalmandcarryon Apr 7, 2014 07:33 AM

                    We ended up going to Café Boulod, which was fantastic--best meal of the trip! Of course it is more expensive than some of the suggestions here.

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                      Love to Eat RE: Keepcalmandcarryon Apr 11, 2014 08:39 AM

                      My favorite restaurant in NYC! Glad you enjoyed it.

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