This quaint neighborhood French bistro succeeds in the looks department with a classic combination of white pressed-tin ceiling, worn wooden tables and vases full of fresh flowers. Unfortunately, the food lacks the same charm. A frisée salad comes with a perfectly poached egg and bits of smoky, fatty lardons, but is slicked with a bland vinaigrette. The steak is paired with excellent fries—but also par-cooked green beans that taste faintly of cooking gas. Desserts such as a creamy chocolate mousse and heavenly scoops of hazelnut ice cream eliminate the bad taste in your mouth, but not enough to save the meal.
190 First Ave
|Cross street:||between 11th and 12th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 5pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 5pm–1am; Sun 11am–4pm, 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx|