Haute Cuisine: New York's Finest French Restaurants

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Jean Georges, 1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Ambiance: Bright, understated (despite its setting in the glitzy Trump International Hotel and Tower) and devoid of typical haute restaurant starchiness.

What to Order: Egg Caviar (pictured); Duck Breast Topped with Cracked Jordan Almonds.

Who Comes Here: Well-heeled guests of the hotel or visitors to nearby Lincoln Center. Magic Johnson and Rick Perry have stopped by in recent months. Also, Donald Trump.

Sweet Tooth: The Dessert Flight, if you can’t pick just one. Otherwise the Caramelized Pineapple, Carrot Cake, and Molasses.

Bouley, 163 Duane St., New York, NY 10013

Ambiance: A romantic spin on a French pastoral scene, complete with Impressionist paintings and candlelight. Upscale-meets-Downtown refinement at its best.

What to Order: Chicken en Cocotte (pictured); Chatham Codfish, Line Caught with Fricasse of Potato.

Who Comes Here: Couples toasting an engagement or anniversary. Finance titans looking to escape the not-too-distant thrum of Wall Street.

Sweet Tooth: Hot Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé with White Coffee Cloud and Chocolate Sorbet.

La Grenouille, 3 East 52nd St., New York, NY 10022

Ambiance: It’s all about the famed floral arrangements at this last bastion of Old World French elegance and impeccable service, right in the heart of midtown.

What to Order: The Pike Quenelles Lyonnaise have been on the menu since 1962, and for good reason.

Who Comes Here: Ladies who lunch and uptown blueblood couples who dinner. Media bigwigs like Tina Brown, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric.

Sweet Tooth: Sink into any of the soufflés, which are routinely named the best in New York.

Daniel, 60 East 65th St., New York, NY 10065

Ambiance: Unabashed, beautiful opulence, but chef Daniel Boulud’s food will ease any intimidation.

What to Order: Four Braised Short Ribs in Red Wine with Cauliflower Gratin, Seared Rib Eye with Paprika Pommes Duchesse and Chanterelles (pictured); Slow Baked Black Sea Bass with Syrah Sauce.

Who Comes Here: Park and 5th Avenue royalty. Businessmen celebrating a closed deal. President Obama has had multiple fundraisers here (Boulud is a fan).

Sweet Tooth: The Manjari Dacquoise is a must.

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