NYC Restaurants

Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern Bistro | Greenwich Village

113 MacDougal Street (bet. Bleecker & W 3rd St)

(212) 475-3850

Notes: The Black Label Burger = the best burger anywhere. Period. Hands-down. And please, no cheese, no ketchup. You’ll spoil the ridiculously splendid dry-aged flavor. The caramelized onions are all you need. If you’re a fan of roasted bone marrow, don’t miss the hors d’oeuvre portion served with toasted baguette slices and shallot confit. Casual, fun atmosphere, tough reservation. The steaks are renowned, and don’t leave without digging your spoon into a chocolate soufflé. Ethereal, yet powerful depth of chocolate flavor, which are usually mutually exclusive.  


Picholine French | Lincoln Center

35 W 64th Street (bet B’way & CPW)



Pastis French Bistro | Meatpacking 

9 9th Avenue


Notes: Classic bistro fare, with good Onion Soup, Steak Frites and Moules Frites.

La Mangeoire

La Mangeoire Rustic French | Midtown East

1008 2nd Ave (bet 53rd & 54th)



JoJo French | Midtown East

160 E 64th St (bet Lex & 3rd)


Jean Georges

Jean Georges French | Columbus Circle

1 Central Park West (Trump Int’l Hotel)


DB Bistro Moderne

DB Bistro Moderne French | Midtown West

55 W 44th Street (bet 5th & 6th)


Bouchon Bakery Café

Bouchon Bakery Café French Columbus Circle

10 Columbus Circle (Time-Warner Center)


Notes: Great for a casual lunch. Delicious salads and sandwiches.

Bar Boulud

Bar Boulud French | Lincoln Center

1900 Broadway (bet 63rd & 64th St)


Notes: Right across from Lincoln Center, great for pre- or post-performance meal.

Brooklyn Fare

Brooklyn Fare French | Brooklyn

200 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn


Notes: There are only 18 seats at Chef César Ramirez’s tiny counter-only space, and if you’re not a serious foodie ready to appreciate a culinary adventure of 20 sublime seafood-heavy courses, skip it and let someone who’s dying to experience this meal have that coveted seat instead. It’s a thrill to watch the talented and focused staff assemble the dishes, and most intriguing is the fact that as you watch, there is no clanging of dishes or flatware against the stainless steel counter — there are liners and pads cleverly inserted below and between anything that might make a sound. Because seating is in a u-shape, you get to…