I can’t think of anything better than long, leisurely meals and warm, soul-filled cuisine on these winter days ahead of us, and no one does leisurely and warm better than the French! Check out these New York restaurants with French flair, from the critically acclaimed to the hidden gems. Bon appetit!
Considered “Flawless French Cuisine” by the Zagat guide, David Bouley’s Tribeca restaurant has decadent atmosphere, superior service and a perfectly curated menu. Visit Bouley’s this winter for a leisurely lunch or a special dinner!
163 Duane St.; 212-964-2525
I’ve mentioned Mercer Kitchen before. I’m a huge fan of chef Jean-Georges and his menu of American food through the eyes of a Frenchman. The steamed shrimp salad makes a great light lunch, and wood-fired pizzas are a great shared dinner among friends!
99 Prince St.; 212-966-5454
At one of the oldest restaurants in the West Village, owner Alain Laurent scours the markets each day for the best fresh produce, creating seasonal and unique daily specials. That, plus the warmth of a fireplace at the back of the beautiful restaurant make this one of the best spots to dine this winter.
615 Hudson St.; 212-255-4406
This simple yet elegant restaurant serves New American Cuisine prepared using locally grown and sustainably raised foods cooked with modern French styles. Raved about in the likes of Esquire and New York Magazine, Mas also has a wine list composed with the same values: choices from small independent wineries or larger vineyards with emphasis on sustainable/organic agriculture.
39 Downing St.; 212-255-1790
With Chef and Co-Owner Eric Ripert at the helm, internationally acclaimed Le Bernardin combines traditional french cooking techniques with the creative energy of New York to serve dishes with subtle flavor enhancements to the freshest ingredients. For a special occasion try the Chef’s Tasting for a night of unforgettable cuisine.
155 West 51st; 212-544-1515
Mommies, you can’t go wrong with a French restaurant that has both Eggs en Meurette and Lucky Charms on the menu. A trendy gathering place for the whole family with great selections for kids, The Landmarc also has an extensive wine list (there’s even a selection of half bottles).
179 West Broadway; 212-343-3883
Known for its exceptional design, Balthazar serves traditional bistro fare from breakfast through late-night dinner. Opened by Keith McNally, Balthazar offers a French menu prepared by chefs de cuisine Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson in an airy space that was once a leather warehouse. You can also choose from an extensive wine list, a raw seafood bar, and breads and pastries from the Balthazar bakery.
80 Spring St.; 212-965-1414