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Yes, it has a killer wine list, but the restaurant’s initials don’t stand for appellation d’origine contrôlée. The moniker derives instead from the title of a popular French gastro-film, L’aile ou la cuisse (“the wing or the thigh”). You’ll find an extensive menu, from breakfast and lunch (pastries, croque-monsieur) to dinner standards (duck confit, moules frites). Salmon tartare is a comfort food of sorts, served with homemade potato chips and cocktail sauce, while hanger steak is lightened by a sauce of wine, shallots and port.

By: Time Out New York editors


Venue name: A.O.C.
Address: 314 Bleecker St
New York
Cross street: at Grove St
Opening hours: Daily 8am–midnight
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average main course: $17. AmEx
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I recently made reservations for 10 people for brunch, and the staff was incredibly accommodating. We had a nice long table in the back patio area with plenty of room—in fact, I did not expect the tiny restaurant to feel so spacious inside! The menu includes mostly French classics—eggs benedict, croque madame, moules mariniere—and they were all very well done.