Craving a slice of Paris in the comfort of the Big Apple? Look no further than our fave five. À la vôtre!
1 Le Bernardin
With three Michelin stars, nearly 30 years of critically acclaimed expertise, and more Beard awards than any other restaurant in New York City, Le Bernardin has carved out its niche as Manhattan's go-to for haute simplicity in the seafood realm. Chef de Cuisine, co-owner, and poissonier extraordinaire Eric Ripert brings an impressive résumé to the table with experience working under internationally recognized chefs such as Daniel Bouley and Jean-Louis Palladin, not to mention having earned a four-star New York Times rating at just 29 years old. Ripert's hand-selected team and commitment to excellence make dining at Le Bernardin unforgettably extraordinary. Now excuse us while visions of sautéed truffle and chanterelle langoustine dance in our heads.
155 West 51st Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
French, American, and Asian influences collide in the crown jewel of the Jean-Georges Vongerichten empire. Driven by local market and seasonal trends, Jean-Georges offers the finest in inventive Michelin starred dining in a chic setting redesigned by interior guru Thomas Juul-Hansen. Did we mention the floor-to-ceiling windows with an unobstructed view of the park below? Grab a cocktail on the terrace, a bite from casual JG sister Nougatine, or indulge in six courses of pure decadence in the dining room. We say “oui.”
1 Central Park West between 60th and 61st Streets
Daniel Boulud. Relais & Châteaux. Contemporary French cuisine inspired by season and accompanied by hand-selected international wines. It’s safe to say that this winning combination makes DB’s Michelin starred Upper East Side gem a francophile favorite. Daniel features a myriad of French-centric dining experiences in an elegant setting with exquisite décor and distinctive neoclassical architecture. Special occasions and romantic date nights merit venturing to East 65th for the seven course tasting menu of a lifetime.
60 East 65th Street between Park and Madison Avenues
4 Le Bilboquet
After the 27-year lease at the original Bilbo location expired late last spring, this quintessentially French NYC hotspot debuted its brand new 100-seat space just blocks from its predecessor. Executive Chef Julien Jouhannaud keeps it classic with Bilboquet favorites still available on menu to the delight of loyal fans, including the Poulet Cajun that earned the petit bistro its bragging rights. Back in action with a fresh, new face, Le Bilboquet brings approachable French fine dining to the table…pun intended.
20 East 60th Street between Park and Madison Avenues
5 Cherche Midi
Monsieur McNally’s cornerstone gem Cherche Midi has been knocking it out of le parc since taking over the former Pulino’s space earlier this year. Bistro feel, illuminated cave à vin laden walls, leather banquettes, and brasserie windows with the magical ability to fill the space with perpetual daylight make this Bowery newbie a must for francophiles and foodies alike. Standout mains include the obligatory steak frites and thinly sliced lamb saddle over roasted market veggies. Oh, and don’t forget the cheese plate for dessert.
282 Bowery at East Houston Street