Brittany-born owner Thierry Rochard’s prototypical Gallic café still draws lines after 18 years. The inevitable wait and tight space are worth enduring for the crisp, salty frites; the BYOB policy with no corkage fee adds to the bohemian allure. Staples like an earthy steak au poivre and cheesy, decadent croque-monsieur dominate the short menu. An entrée of “spicy chicken” smothered in a white wine sauce deviates from the Franco format, but the tude from the couldn’t-be-bothered servers doesn’t.
253 W 11th St
|Cross street:||at 4th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon - Wed 9am - 3:30pm, 5:30pm - 10pm; Thu - Fri 9am - 4pm, 5:30pm - 10pm; Sat, Sun 5:30pm - 10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $18|
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