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French Bistros, Bars & Restaurants in NYC

New York is home to some of the finest international cuisine the world has to offer. In our continuous efforts to “connect the fun to the fun people”, we present our MurphGuide Directory of the best French bistros, bars & restaurants in NYC, by neighborhood:

[Manhattan][Brooklyn][Queens]

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:

web-chain-link-iconBrigitte: 37 Canal St. (Ludlow St.) (212) 777-7518
French-Brazilian restaurant and bar
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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 Raclette: 511 E. 12th St. (Avenue A) (917) 853 5377
Restaurant serving authentic Swiss and French cuisine, specializing in cheese
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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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linkBoucherie: 99 Seventh Ave. South (between Bleecker & W. 4th St.) (212) 873-1616
320-seat French restaurant with an absinthe-inspired bar
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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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linkTartine: 253 W. 11th St. (W. 4th St.) (212) 229-2611
Neighborhood café, bakery & bistro from French chef Thierry Rochard
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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

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.

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
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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

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 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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link Landmarc10 Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center – 3rd floor) (212) 823-6123
Time Warner Center location of chef Marc Murphy’s restaurant serving contemporary bistro fare that blends French and Italian cuisine
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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

[Manhattan][Brooklyn][Queens]

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

[Manhattan][Brooklyn][Queens]

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