Keith McNally has been trying for years to replicate what Raoul’s has been doing since 1975—serving first-rate French fare in an authentic bistro setting. Raoul’s timeworn look is the real deal: Authentic antique furnishings, pressed-tin ceilings and walls, black-and-white leather booths, and paintings of female nudes beckon. The food is as seductive as the atmosphere. Magret duck breast is sliced and served over kale and carrot puree, and a thick, charred cut of sirloin smothered in black-peppercorn sauce is tender enough to erase any comers from your memory.
180 Prince St
|Cross street:||between Sullivan and Thompson Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 5pm–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to Spring St; N, R to Prince St|
|Price:||Average main course: $25. AmEx, DC, MC, V|