Flea Market Cafe

Restaurants , French East Village
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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.
Venue name: Flea Market Cafe
Address: 131 Ave A
New York
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
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