Restaurants, French East Village
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

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.


Venue name: Tree
Address: 190 First Ave
New York
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
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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When you walk into Tree's Garden you've walked into a small oasis that feels like the left banc in France. The food is superb and the prices are very reasonable. You MUST make a reservation and feel like you've been transported to another country.... without the attitude!


Went here one Friday night with a friend for dinner, we unnecessarily made a reservation as there was plenty of space. I'm not sure if this is a family owned restaurant or not, but it certainly felt like it, everyone was warm, welcoming and super friendly. We sat outside in the patio area, which was supposed to be heated, unfortunately within a few minutes we were shivering and the waitress let us move inside. Our food came quickly, the waitress was a little slow but nothing to whine about. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the menu selection was quite small (especially for vegetarian options). I would definitely come back in the summer though because the garden is massive.