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French Bistros, Bars & Restaurants in NYC

In honor of Bastille Day, check out our MurphGuide Directory of French bistros, bars & restaurants in NYC

Manhattan:

 

Lower Manhattan:

link Les Halles: 15 John St. (between Broadway & Nassau St.) (212) 285-8585
French bistro named for the famous Parisian market

Bowery:

link Rebelle: 218 Bowery (between Prince & Spring St.) (917) 639-3880
French restaurant & wine bar

Lower East Side:

link La Contenta: 102 Norfolk St. (between Delancy & Rivington St.) (212) 432-4180
Mexican cuisine with French accents by Chef Luis Arce Mot.
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link Verlaine: 110 Rivington St. (between Essex & Ludlow St.) (212) 614-2494
Bar & lounge named after Paul Verlaine, the 19th century French poet and featuring Vietnamese tapas

East Village:

link DBGB Kitchen and Bar: 299 Bowery (between Houston & E. 1st St.) (212) 933-5300
French brasserie from famed chef Daniel Boulud featuring a Lyonnais-inspired menu 
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link Jules Bistro: 65 St. Marks Pl. (between First & Second Ave.) (212) 477-5560
Authentic French bistro with live jazz nightly, providing a taste of Boulevard St. Germain
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link Lafayette: 380 Lafayette St. (Great Jones St.) (212) 533 3000
French cafe featuring an extensive French wine list.
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link Lucien: 14 First Ave. (between 1st & 2nd St.) (212) 260-6481
French bistro serving traditional gems like escargots de bourgogne, moules mariniére traditionnelle and Marseille-style bouillabaisse.
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link Pardon My French: 103 Avenue B (between 6th & 7th St.) (212) 358 9683
Contemporary French bistro serving Mediterranean influenced tapas
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link Tree Bistro: 190 First Ave. (between 11th & 12th St.) (212) 358-7171
romantic French bistro with canopied walled garden

Greenwich Village:

link Bar Six: 502 Sixth Ave. (between 12th & 13th St.) (212) 645-2439
Romantic restaurant serving French & Moroccan cuisine
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link Bobo: 181 W. 10th St. (Seventh Ave. S.) (212) 989-7059
West Village French restaurant in a century-old townhouse, serving locally sourced soulful French food
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link Buvette: 42 Grove St. (between Bleecker & Bedford St.) (212) 255-3590
Buvette gastrotheque is part restaurant, part bar, part café
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link Café Loup: 105 W. 13th St. (between Sixth & Seventh Ave.) (212) 255-4746
Neighbhorhood French bistro featuring jazz brunch on Sundays
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link Mas Farmhouse: 39 Downing St. (between Bedford St. & Seventh Ave. S.) (212) 255-1790
In the Old French still in use in Provence, a mas is a stone farmhouse or a small farming estate.
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link Minetta Tavern: 113 MacDougal St. (between Bleecker & W. 3rd St.) (212) 475-3850
A Greenwich Village tavern since 1937, changed cuisine from Italian to French when new ownership renovated in 2008.
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link Le Poisson Rouge: 158 Bleecker St. (between Thompson & Sullivan St.) (212) 505-FISH
Le Poisson Rouge (French for the red fish) is a multimedia art cabaret.
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linkLa Ripaille: 605 Hudson St. (between W. 12th St. & Bethune St.) (212) 255-4406
Cozy French restaurant since 1980. La Ripaille is French for “The Feast”
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link Vin Sur Vingt: 201 W. 11th St. (Seventh Ave.) (212) 924-4442
Authentic French wine bar serving 50 wines by-the-glass and classic bistro fare

SoHo:

link Balthazar: 80 Spring St. (between Broadway & Crosby St.) (212) 965-1414
French brasserie featuring a raw bar and extensive wine list
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link Bistro Les Amis: 180 Spring St. (Thompson St.) (212) 226-8645
French restaurant & bar serving modern and traditional French cuisine.
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link Felix: 340 W. Broadway (Grand St.) (212) 431-0021
French brasserie for over 25 years
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link Le Cou Cou: 138 Lafayette St. (Howard St.) (Holiday Inn) (212) 271-4252
Classic French restaurant from chef Daniel Rose
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link Lucky Strike: 59 Grand St. (between Wooster & West Broadway) (212) 941-0479
casual downtown bistro serving American Continental and French food
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link Raoul’s: 180 Prince St. (between Thompson & Sullivan St.) (212) 966-3518
French brasserie founded in 1975 by two brothers from Alsace

TriBeCa:

link Landmarc: 179 W. Broadway (Leonard St.) (212) 343-3883
Restaurant by Marc & Pamela Murphy serving contemporary bistro fare that blends French and Italian cuisine

 

E. 20s:

link L’Express Café & Bar: 249 Park Ave. South (E. 20th St.) (212) 254-5858
French café & Lyonnaise bouchon open 24 hours
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link Vanguard: 530 Second Ave. (between 29th & 30th St.) (212) 447-WINE [9463]
French-American wine bar serving small plates or “petit plats”
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link Vin Sur Vingt: 1140 Broadway (E. 26th St.) (646) 922-7700
Authentic French wine bar serving 50 wines by-the-glass and classic bistro fare

E. 30s:

link Madison Bistro: 238 Madison Ave. (between 37th & 38th St.) (212) 447-1919
Romantic French bistro fare serving fine French cuisine

E. 40s:

link Matisse: 924 Second Ave. (49th St.) (212) 546-9300
authentic French bistro and wine bar

E. 50s:

link Bistro Vendome: 405 E. 58th St. (between 1st Ave. & Sutton Pl.) (212) 935-9100
French bistro in a tri-level townhouse featuring a sky-lighted mezzanine, and an outdoor terrace
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link Kiss My French: 303 E. 53rd St. (between First & Second Ave.) (646) 928-1796
French tapas saloon with an open kitchen
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link La Grenouille: 3 E. 52nd St. (between 5th & Madison Ave.) (212) 752-1495
upscale French restaurant since 1962
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link Le Bateau Ivre: 230 E. 51st St. (between Second & Third Ave.) (212) 583-0579
French wine bar, raw bar & grill named after a poem by 19th century Frenchman, Arthur Rimbaud
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link Le Cirque Bar: 151 E. 58th St. (between Lexington & Thjrd Ave.) (212) 644-0202
One of NYC’s legendary French restaurants
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link Le Colonial: 149 E. 57th St. (Lexington Ave.) (212) 752-0808
Homage to French colonial Southeast Asia serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine
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link Papillon Bistro: 22 E. 54th St. (between Fifth & Madison Ave.) (212) 754-9006
French Bistro and Bar celebrating the life of Henri Charriere.
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link Vin Sur Vingt: 1 W. 59th St. (Fifth Ave.) (646) 559-9429
Authentic French wine bar serving 50 wines by-the-glass and classic bistro fare at the Plaza Hotel food hall

Chelsea:

link O Cabanon: 245 W. 29th St. (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.) (646) 669-7879
rustic French café & wine bar
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link Le Singe Vert: 160 Seventh Ave. (between 18th & 19th St.) (212) 366-4100
authentic French bistro with an extensive wine list, live music and a large patio

Hell’s Kitchen:

link Chez Josephine: 414 W. 42nd St. (between 9th & 10th Ave.) (212) 594-1925
French restaurant & piano bar paying homage to Josephine Baker
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link Chez Napoleon: 365 W. 50th St. (between 8th & 9th Ave.) (212) 265-6980
Authentic French restaurant since 1960. “Authentique, historique, classique”.
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link Hell’s Kitchen: 523 Ninth Ave. (39th St.) (212) 947-4208
Multi-faceted restaurant with a rooftop serving French cuisine with a unique Mediterranean flair
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link Marseille: 630 Ninth Ave. (between 44th & 45th St.) (212) 333-2323
French restaurant inspired by namesake French port city
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link Réunion Bar: 357 W. 44th St. (Ninth Ave.) (212) 582-3200
French surfer bar named for the popular surfer location: Ile de la Réunion, a small volcanic island off the coast of Madagascar
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linkTout va Bien: 311 W. 51st St. (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.) (212) 265-0190
the oldest French bistro in the theater district.

W. 40s:

linkGabriel Kreuther: 41 W. 42nd St. (between Fifth & Sixth Ave.) (212) 257-5826
Chef Gabriel Kreuther’s eponymous upscale restaurant serving Alsatian-inspired cuisine

W. 50s:

link Benoit: 60 W. 55th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Ave.) (646) 943-7373
Alain Ducasse’s upscale Parisian bistro with a French wine bar
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link Le Bernardin: 155 W. 51st St. (between Sixth & Seventh Ave.) (212) 554-1515
Upscale French seafood restaurant
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link La Bonne Soupe: 48 W. 55th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Ave.) (212) 586-7650
Classic French bistro known for their French onion soup
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link Rue 57: 60 W. 57th St. (Sixth Ave.) (212) 307-5656
French American brasserie with a sushi bar

Upper East Side:

link Bistro Le Steak: 1309 Third Ave. (75th St.) (212) 517-3800
Parisian steakhouse & French bistro
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link Café D’Alsace: 1695 Second Ave. (88th St.) (212) 722-5133
French bistro featuring over 120 high-end brews
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link Casimir: 1022 Lexington Ave. (73rd St.) (212) 879-6190
French bistro and bar
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link Daniel:  60 E. 65th St. (between Madison & Park Ave.) (212) 288-0033
Renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s award-winning French restaurant
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link Jacques Brasserie: 204-206 E. 85th St. (between Second & Third Ave.) (212) 327-2272
French restaurant specializing in mussels and frites
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link Little Frog: 322 E. 86th St. (between First & Second Ave.) (347) 537-5786
Parisian style French bistro
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link Match 65: 29 E. 65th St. (between Park & Madison Ave.) (212) 737-4400
French brasserie with a large selection of wine
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link Monte Carlo: 181 E. 78th St. (between Third & Lexington Ave.) (646) 863-3465
Romantic French bistro & bar
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link Quatorze Bis: 323 E. 79th St. (between First & Second Ave.) (212) 535-1414
Neighborhood French bistro named for its original location on 14th St.
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link Vaucluse: 100 E. 63rd St. (Park Ave.) (646) 869-2300
stylish French Brasserie from chef Michael White
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  Le Vou d’or: 129 E. 60th St. (between Park & Lexington Ave.) (212) 838-8133
Classic long running upper east side French restaurant
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link Vella: 1480 Second Ave. (77th St.) (212) 335-0456
Wine bar & kitchen blending French, Italian, and seasonal American cuisine
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link Vinus & Marc: 1825 Second Ave. (between 94th & 95th St.) (646) 692-9105
Old world 1920s Parisian lounge serving artisanal wines and specialty cocktails

Upper West Side:

link Café Lalo: 201 W. 83rd St. (between Amsterdam & Broadway) (212) 496-6031
European style cafe & bar
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link Café Tallulah: 240 Columbus Ave. (71st St.) (212) 209-1055
Bi-level French restaurant, cocktail lounge, & bar
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link Jean Georges Café: 1 Central Park West (Columbus Circle) (212) 299-3900
The jewel of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant empire
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link La Mirabelle: 102 W. 86th St. (Columbus Ave.) (212) 496-0458
Family run French restaurant since 1984
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linkTessa: 349 Amsterdam Ave. (between 77th & 78th St.) (212) 390-1974
modern Mediterranean tavern blending southern French and Italian cuisines.
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linkVanguard: 189 Amsterdam Ave. (between 68th & 69th St.) (212) 799-WINE [9463]
Wine bar serving small plates of American food with French influence.
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linkVin Sur Vingt: 66 W. 84th St. (Columbus Ave.) (646) 895-9944
Authentic French wine bar serving 50 wines by-the-glass and classic bistro fare

Harlem:

link Barawine: 200 Lenox Ave. (120th St.) (646) 756-4154
French wine bar and restaurant
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link Farafina Café & Lounge: 1813 Amsterdam Ave. (150th St.) (212) 281-2445
Café serving African, Caribbean and French fusion fare

 

Brooklyn:

Boerum Hill:

link Bacchus Bistro: 409-411 Atlantic Ave. (between Bond St. & Nevins St.) (718) 852-1572
French bistro & wine bar named after the Roman god of wine

Brooklyn Heights:

link Chez Moi: 135 Atlantic Ave. (between Henry St. & Clinton St.) (347) 227-8337
Charming French bistro

Cobble Hill:

link Bar Tabac: 128 Smith St. (Dean St.) (718) 923-0918
authentic French restaurant and bar

Fort Greene:

link Bisou Bisou: 264 Carleton Ave. (DeKalb Ave.) (718) 624-4075
Cozy little restaurant lounge serving American comfort food with a fun French elevated twist

Greenpoint:

link The Gentry: 592 Manhattan Ave. (between Driggs Ave. & Nassau Ave.) (718) 383-3490
French-Canadian bistro with Montreal/Quebec inspired menu

Park Slope:

link Barbes: 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) (718) 965-9177
Bar and performance space named for a neighborhood in northern Paris famous for its large North African population

Sheepshead Bay:

link Romanoff Restaurant & Cabaret: 2670 Coney Island Ave. (Ave. X) (718) 934-9700
Supper club serving Russian-French fusion cuisine

Williamsburg:

link Bar Omar: 188 Grand St. (between Bedford & Driggs Ave.) (718) 388-0411
Bar & restaurant serving Algerian French soul food
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link Juliette: 135 N. 5th St. (Bedford Ave.) (718) 388-9222
Romantic Parisian cafe with open-air rooftop terrace
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link Maison Premiere: 298 Bedford Ave. (between S. 1st & Grand Ave.) (347) 335-0446
Parisian oyster house & cocktail den featuring a large selection of absinthe
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link Sweetwater Restaurant: 105 N. 6th St. (between Berry St. & Wythe Ave.) (718) 963-0608
French-American bistro

Queens:

Astoria:

link Café Triskell: 33-04 36th Ave. (33rd St.) (718) 472-0612
French creperie from Bretagne

Long Island City:

link The Baroness: 41-26 Crescent St. (between 41st Ave. & Queens Plaza N.) (718) 784-5065
wine & craft beer bar with a French influence
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link Domain Wine Bar: 50-04 Vernon Blvd. (50th Ave.) (718) 784-2350
Parisian style wine bar
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link Tournesol: 50-12 Vernon Blvd. (between 50th & 51st Ave.) (718) 472-4355
Bistro Francais with Toulous-Lautrec art on the walls

Woodside:

link Cote Soleil: 50-12 Skillman Ave. (between 50th & 51st St.) (347) 612-4333
family owned French restaurant serving simple traditional French cuisine

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