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Best French in New York

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A lovely French-style bistro, Buvette effortlessly blends vintage with modern chic. Featuring a delightfully rustic but trendy vibe, the little bistro is a popular local spot for an elegant breakfast, light lunch or after work drink. The menu stays close to its bistro theme, serving up a nice array of retro classics like the mouth-watering selection of baked delights from flaky croissants perfect for a quick breakfast to more substantial steak tartare, ratatouille and coq au vin. A lovely spot for a quiet evening out and a nice place to enjoy the perfect glass of French wine accompanied by one of the delicious small eats, in quaint little jars and bowls, meant to be shared. Round off the evening with a slice of melt-in-the-mouth tarte tatin, for a truly satisfying experience. Since they do not accept reservations, expect a wait on weekends.

In 1986, sibling owners Maguy and Gilbert Le Coze opened Le Bernardin in New York after finding phenomenal success with their flagship restaurant in Paris, established in 1972. The duo won numerous accolades at the helm of this culinary destination, and it has continued to thrive under Chef Éric Ripert, named executive chef in 1994. Seafood has been the inspiration behind the menu at Le Bernardin since its conception. The tasting menu takes diners through courses filled with delicacies like Osetra caviar, Dungeness crab, Lobster Tail, and Black Bass. Patrons can also enjoy delectable small plates and handcrafted cocktails from the lounge if they wish to do so.

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten's impeccable French Contemporary restaurant, located on the southwest corner of Central Park in the Trump International Hotel & Tower, offers modern French food with Pan-Asian and other modern influences. The gleaming, modern space complements phenomenal dishes like herb-crusted rack of lamb and crispy sauteed frog legs. Black-clad waiters provide unsurpassed service.

Owned by the legendary Chef Daniel Boulud, this award-winning French restaurant is considered by many to be the best dining experience in the city. The cuisine is contemporary, putting a fresh spin on traditional recipes, and it is both expertly prepared and exquisitely plated. Enjoy divine dishes like rabbit saddle with chorizo and tarragon mustard or wasabi marinated hamachi with white sturgeon caviar and Meyer lemon coulis amid fine Italian Renaissance decor. Opt for the tasting menu or let the knowledgeable staff at Daniel help you create your perfect meal, complete with outstanding drink pairings.

Although this quintessential Manhattan French restaurant may be pricey, it is a thoroughly romantic place to enjoy a memorable meal. It has long been known for its spectacular floral displays, great food and good service. The prix fixe dinner along with wine makes for an interesting combination. Dishes can be ordered a la carte as well, including such delicacies as frogs' legs sauteed with garlic and tomato compote, and pan seared halibut with sorrel and cucumbers.

Balthazar is a recreation of a typical French brasserie: bold, loud and exciting. The space is dominated by red leather banquettes with retro mirrors, giving it a spacious look. The restaurant is a venture by Keith McNally, who also owns Pastis in the Meatpacking District. It offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus as well as special inventories for desserts, wines and after hours. You will find items such as grilled lamb T-Bones, duck confit, and crisp Berkshire pork belly. The Sunday Brunch is particularly popular. For groups exceeding 12, special prix fixe menus are available.

French Louie offers minimalist interiors where the focus is on the gourmet food and wine. It has an elongated dining room with stark white walls, one of which features wall art depicting conifers. Guests can start their meal with appetizers such as oysters, smoked sardines and lobster cocktail. This is followed by entrees like sugar snap pea salad, a blend of peas, avocados, and basil, and mains such as lamb Navarin with baby turnips. The desserts include lime meringue tart and profiteroles served with pistachio ice cream. In the traditional French style, the meal ends with cheese from regions like Pyrénées and Normandy, accompanied by a selection of cognacs and sherries.

The word L'Atelier in French means a workshop used by an artist and the title has aptly been applied to Michelin Star winning chef Joël Robuchon's New York restaurant. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon is renowned for serving modern French dishes. The interiors are strategically designed and the tables arranged so that each diner can get a glimpse of the chef in the kitchen. Apart from the delectable mains, the restaurant also presents a wide range of desserts including Le Chocolat Sensation, La Carotte, La Sphere, La Fraise and Le Litchi. With varied options for vegetarians too, this Michelin-star restaurant transports diners back to Paris with exquisite taste and presentation. Bon appetit!

Food lovers take stock of this casual French Midtown charmer, which offers a warm and comfortable setting and seasonal outdoor dining. Exceptional soups like mushroom, lamb with barley, and cream of vegetable attract soup lovers from all over. For those in the mood for other dishes, the restaurant also serves quiche, omelets, fondues and salads. So when you are tired from shopping on Fifth Avenue or visiting the nearby Museum of Modern Art, settle down for lunch or dinner.

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Chef and owner Daniel Boulud is famous for his fine French cuisine with a twist, so make your reservations here well in advance. Chef Andrew Carmellini runs the kitchen, putting out such fine dishes as ceviche of scallops and oysters. Try the seasonal market choices and exotic favorites from around the world. There is a reasonably priced three-course prix fixe dinner. Delicious food, outstanding service and ambiance like this cannot be had for less in New York. For a more haute cuisine experience, try Boulud's signature Restaurant Daniel.

As its name implies, Vin et Fleurs offers visitors plenty of great wines and floral tones throughout the restaurant's decor, whether it is a fresh bouquet of flowers on the bar or the hints of pollen in the rosé served. The menu focuses primarily on the classic french kitchen with dishes like ratatouille, mussels, steak frites and bouillabaisse, but there are still some wildcards on the list. Try the Kobe Hot Dog for a change of pace or the Osso Bucco, a nod to the Milanese favorite, both are great options. For dessert, diners will find simple, yet delectable tarte tatins, chocolate cake, creme brulée and assorted sorbets; in addition to a perfect wine pairing by the learned barkeeps, this little spot in SoHo remains inimitable.

Lafayette, owned by Andrew Carmellini, is a quaint French restaurant which whips up some delightful treats for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The cozy and artfully furnished interior is adorned in classy and attractive decor, and the establishment boasts a concept and menu derived from the tradition and culture of several parts of France, with the ingenious chefs creating some absolutely astounding variations of classic French cuisine. Sample delights like lemon pancakes, almond croissants, shrimp cocktail, salads, sandwiches, sunchoke agnolotti, bistro steal, grilled local trout, and dry aged duck among others. In addition, they have a bakery and desserts section along with an extensive drinks and wine list. The well lit interiors of the bistro-style joint are designed by Roman and Williams. The Lafayette proves to be a statement restaurant where the rich and famous hob-nob often.

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