Gilles Ray’s unassuming ode to the art of the (secondhand) deal is always boisterous and bustling, and the menu is as classic as a vintage Citroen. Soupe à l’oignon is capped with Gruyère, while steak au poivre is charred, juicy and accompanied by crisp fries. Goat cheese and caramelized onions overflow from a savory variation on tarte Tatin; a pretty pink slab of salmon is drizzled with herbed olive oil and a scattering of chunky green pistachios. Servers can be a little harried, which means orders can lag (or get mixed up), but a glass from the reasonably priced wine list will take the edge off.
Flea Market Cafe
|Venue name:||Flea Market Cafe||Contact:|
131 Ave A
|Cross street:||between St. Marks Pl and 9th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat, Sun 10am–4:30pm, 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave; N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $12. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|