or Connect
ChefTalk.com › ChefTalk Cooking Forums › Food & Equipment Reviews › Restaurant Reviews › Top french restaurant in NYC?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Top french restaurant in NYC?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
What do you think is the top french restaurant? I'm on a quest to try all the top french restaurants in NYC and this year I'm trying to find something new. I've been to Le Bernardin, La Grenouille, Daniel, and Le Perigord. Of all these restaurants, I give La Grenouille the best rating. Also, the restaurant I'm looking for is classical, authentic french food. No fusion thing please. So what's your take on the best french restaurant?
post #2 of 13
To me it would depend on if you were looking for cuisine bourgeois (home cooking) or haute cuisine.
Moderator Emerita, Welcome Forum
***It is better to ask forgiveness than beg permission.***
Reply
Moderator Emerita, Welcome Forum
***It is better to ask forgiveness than beg permission.***
Reply
post #3 of 13
Chez Bernard, on West Broadway I believe a few blocks up from Canal.
Very laid-back, simple cuisine. Bernard runs the kitchen with a few helpers while there is one FOH woman (daughter?). I'm assuming it's still there although it's been a few years since we moved from the the Big City and last ate there.
It's on our "must-do" list the next time we go back.
Il faut toujours faire l'amour avant, parce qu'apres, c'est pendant
Reply
Il faut toujours faire l'amour avant, parce qu'apres, c'est pendant
Reply
post #4 of 13
Chez Bernard is long gone. The windows have been papered over for many months now. :(

My list for good, mostly bourgeois, non-fusion-y food:

Artisanal
Balthazar
Capsouto Frères
D'Artagnan
Fleur de Sel
Gascogne
La Petite Auberge (can be inconsistent, though)
Quatorze Bis
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
Reply
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
Reply
post #5 of 13
Rats! :(
Il faut toujours faire l'amour avant, parce qu'apres, c'est pendant
Reply
Il faut toujours faire l'amour avant, parce qu'apres, c'est pendant
Reply
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your inputs.
post #7 of 13

Chez Josephine

I had a wonderful dinner there many many years ago. Is it still there in NYC?
Was owned by one of Jospehine Bakers's sons, if my old memory serves me.
Thanks!
Do what you do with passion....the rest will fall into place..
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  ~Rev. Run
Our Lives are not in the laps of gods, but in  the laps of our cooks.
  ~Lin Yutang
Reply
Do what you do with passion....the rest will fall into place..
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  ~Rev. Run
Our Lives are not in the laps of gods, but in  the laps of our cooks.
  ~Lin Yutang
Reply
post #8 of 13
Chez Josephine is indeed still here.

According to William Grimes in his farewell article last week, Atelier is the best NEW French restaurant in the city.
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
Reply
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
Reply
post #9 of 13

Call me crazy but...

...I actually really, really like L'Ecole. It's the French Culinary Institute's restaurant and it is amazing AND inexpensive.

on B'way corner of either Grand or Prince....
post #10 of 13
No, you're not crazy. :D It's good, but a diner has to realize that the cooks are students, just learning. I've had some excellent dishes there (great potato pancake with smoked salmon, excellent frites :lips: ), and some clinkers (tough puff pastry :( )

Chloe, I hope you got to some before they closed. :( :(
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
Reply
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
Reply
post #11 of 13
I would also agree that l'ecole (B'way&Grand) has excellent cuisine at phenomenal prices - regardless of the fact that the boh staff are students.
I will entertain that Danny Meyer's Eleven Madison Park is one of the better premier french restaurants in the city with an excellent Sunday Brunch.
GO FLAVORED MIMOSAS!
post #12 of 13

If you travel a little further down, to Brooklyn...

You'll find a nice restaurant there, Grille de Paris. Check out their web site first, it's grilledeparis dot com
post #13 of 13
True: Brooklyn and Queens have some very good restaurants. Maybe not on a par with the old-school classics in Manhattan, but excellent. Tournesol in Long Island City is very well thought-of, and there are places in Park Slope and Fort Greene and on Smith Street that might qualify. In fact, there are many good new French restaurants!

And I see that Grille de Paris is kosher. Very cool, and very necessary! :)

And sad to say, but from my earlier list, D'Artagnan is also gone. All the others are still going strong, though. :lips:
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
Reply
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Restaurant Reviews
ChefTalk.com › ChefTalk Cooking Forums › Food & Equipment Reviews › Restaurant Reviews › Top french restaurant in NYC?