Antique ads, large glass doors that open onto the sidewalk and a pressed-tin ceiling afford a timeless backdrop to a scene you’ll recognize from numerous films. Unlike most long-standing restaurants, the food has actually improved over Félix’s 13-year tenure. You come here to eat steak frites—or at least that’s what you’ll see on almost every table. Choose among peppercorn, béarnaise or Roquefort sauces to dress a remarkably tender piece of meat, and locals will attest that the accompanying golden frites are among the best in town. Félix is most frenzied during weekend brunch, when patrons spill out the front door with cocktails in hand.
340 West Broadway
|Cross street:||at Grand St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–11:30pm; Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, 1 to Canal St|
|Price:||Average main course: $19. AmEx|