Bistro Citron

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Bistro Citron
Upper West Side

This French addition to the otherwise unexceptional stretch of Columbus Avenue between 81st and 86th Streets does enough things well to make it stand out. Yes, it adheres to the bistro formula: Sidewalk-café tables allow for the usual people-watching, and diners indoors are surrounded by distressed mirrors and vintage ads for food and booze. The menu follows suit, listing all the expected staples: escargots, steak tartare, foie gras, steak frites. But the tasty moules provençale are priced right at $12 ($15 if you add fries), and the frites were all one could ask for: crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. If you’re in the mood for French classics, you could do a lot worse.

Venue name: Bistro Citron
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Address: 473 Columbus Ave
New York

Cross street: between 82nd and 83rd Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 5–11pm; Sun 11am–3pm, 5–11pm
Transport: Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V
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