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 French Restaurant NYC: our MurphGuide Directory of the best French bistros, bars & restaurants in NYC, by neighborhood:

[Manhattan][Brooklyn][Queens]

Manhattan:

Lower Manhattan

linkLe District: 225 Liberty St. (World Financial Center) (212) 981-8588
Food Hall in the World Financial Center offering a selection of fresh cheese, meat, pastries, coffee and other items you could only find in France. Space features wine bar Bar Au Vin and Libery Bistro / Le Bar

Tribeca:

linkYves: 385 Greenwich St. (North Moore St.) (212) 431-3385
French Moroccan café with sidewalk seating
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Lower East Side:

link Excuse My French: 96 Orchard St. (between Delancey & Broome St.) (212) 780-9600
Intimate French tapas restaurant & bar
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linkJadis: 42 Rivington St. (between Eldridge & Forsyth St.) (212) 254-1675
French wine bar and restaurant
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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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linkLe Dive: 37 Canal St. (Ludlow St.) (646) 370-6222
French Tabac-inspired natural wine bar
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linkLena: 137 Eldridge St. (between Broome & Delancey St.) (212) 343-7425
cozy French cafe & wine bar
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linkSel Rrose: 1 Delancey St. (Bowery) (646) 450-2557
Parisian inspired oyster bar specializing in natural wine, craft cocktails & a fresh raw bar.
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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
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East Village:

linkBrasserie Saint Marc: 136 Second Ave. (between St. Mark’s Pl. & 9th St.) (646) 490-0099
East Village Brasserie featuring sidewalk seating. AKA Saint
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linkCathedrale: 112 E. 11th St. (between Third & Fourth Ave.) (212) 888-1093
French-Mediterranean restaurant Located at the Moxy East Village
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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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linkVin Sur Vingt: 170 Second Ave. (11th St.) (212) 463-5103
Authentic French wine bar serving 50 wines by-the-glass and classic bistro fare.
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Meat Packing District:

linkPastis: 52 Gansevoort St. (between Greenwich St. & Washington St.) (212) 929-4844
a revival of Keith McNally’s renowned NYC French brasserie
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Greenwich Village:

linkAmelie: 22 W. 8th St. (between Fifth Ave. & MacDougal St.) (212) 533-2962
French wine bar and restaurant
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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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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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linkLe Baratin: 26 Greenwich Ave. (between W. 10th St. & Charles St.) (212) 933-1080
café, bistro & bar serving traditional French fare
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linkLe Gigot: 18 Cornelia St. (between Bleecker & W. 4th St.) (212) 627-3737
French bistro serving Provençal cuisine
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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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link Margaux: 5 W. 8th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Ave.) (212) 321-0111
French Mediterranean café inside The Marlton Hotel
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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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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: 192 Seventh Ave. S. (11th St.) (212) 924-4442
Authentic French wine bar serving 50 wines by-the-glass and classic bistro fare
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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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linkKing: 18 King St. (Sixth Ave.) (917) 825-1618
restaurant serving southern French and regional Italian
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link Le CouCou: 138 Lafayette St. (Howard St.) (Holiday Inn) (212) 271-4252
Classic French restaurant from chef Daniel Rose
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link Maison Close: 15 Watts St. (Thompson St.) (347) 919-5063
French restaurant serving approachable traditional French cuisine
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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
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Gramercy:

link Boucherie: 225 Park Ave. South (between 18th & 19th St.) (212) 353-0200
Brasserie & steakhouse near Union Square
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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 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
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Chelsea:

link LouLou: 176 Eighth Ave. (19th St.) (212) 337-9577
cozy French Bistro and lounge with a lower level speakeasy features an extensive cocktail menu
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link O Cabanon: 245 W. 29th St. (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.) (646) 669-7879
Rustic French café & wine bar
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Murray Hill:

linkLa Brochette: 340 Lexington Ave. (between 39th & 40th St.) (212) 972-2200
kosher steakhouse featuring French fare cuisine
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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 Le Rivage: 340 W. 46th St. (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.) (212) 765-7374
Cozy, traditional French restaurant on Restaurant Row
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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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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
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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 The Consulate: 44 W. 56th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Ave.) (646) 850-1100
modern French brasserie & cocktail bar
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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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link Le Bernardin: 155 W. 51st St. (between Sixth & Seventh Ave.) (212) 554-1515
Upscale French seafood restaurant
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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 La Grenouille: 3 E. 52nd St. (between 5th & Madison Ave.) (212) 752-1495
upscale French restaurant since 1962
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linkLe Jardinier: 610 Lexington Ave. (between 52nd & 53rd St.) (212) 451-9211
Michelin award winning French restaurant serving nouvelle cuisine
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link Papillon Bistro: 22 E. 54th St. (between Fifth & Madison Ave.) (212) 754-9006
Bi-level French bistro and bar celebrating the life of Henri Charriere.
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link Le Relais de Venise: 590 Lexington Ave. (52nd St.) (212) 758-3989
New NYC location of Parisian bistro known for its steak frites
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Upper East Side:

linkA.O.C. East: 1590 First Ave. (83rd St.) (646) 998-5749
French wine bar & bistro
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link Café D’Alsace: 1703 Second Ave. (between 88th & 89th St.) (212) 722-5133
French bistro featuring over 120 high-end brews. “A taste of Alsace in NYC”.
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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 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: 1578 First Ave. (82nd St.) (212) 535-1414
Neighborhood French bistro named for its original location on 14th St.
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link Vanguard: 1372 First Ave. (between 73rd & 74th St.) (212) 288-9463
French-American Wine Bar serving small plates or “petit plats” that compliment the extensive wine list

Upper West Side:

web-chain-link-iconAmelie: 566 Amsterdam Ave. (between 87th & 88th St.) (646) 422-7167
French wine bar with sidewalk seating
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web-chain-link-iconBar Boulud: 1900 Broadway (63rd St.) (212) 595-0303
Daniel Boulud’s casual bistro & wine bar serving French classics & artisanally-made charcuterie, alongside wines of Burgundy and the Rhône Valley.
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web-chain-link-iconThe Consulate: 519 Columbus Ave. (85th St.) (646) 781-9288
modern French brasserie & cocktail bar
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web-chain-link-iconNougatine at Jean Georges Café: 1 Central Park West (Columbus Circle) (212) 299-3900
Naugatine is the more casual sister of Jean‑Georges, with a very lively bar.
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web-chain-link-icon Tessa: 349 Amsterdam Ave. (between 77th & 78th St.) (212) 390-1974
modern Mediterranean tavern blending southern French and Italian cuisines.
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web-chain-link-iconVanguard: 189 Amsterdam Ave. (between 68th & 69th St.) New York, NY (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
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web-chain-link-iconVin Sur Vingt: 100 Riverside Blvd. (between 64th & 65th St.) (646) 779-9683
Authentic French wine bar serving 50 wines by-the-glass and classic bistro fare
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Harlem:

link Barawine: 200 Lenox Ave. (120th St.) (646) 756-4154
French wine bar and restaurant
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linkMaison Harlem: 341 Saint Nicholas Ave. (127th St.) (212) 222-9224
French Bistro featuring a selection of French wines
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Brooklyn:

Bed-Stuy:

link L’Antagoniste: 238 Malcolm X Blvd. (Hancock St.) (917) 966-5300
Farm to table restaurant serving authentic French cuisine

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
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Brighton Beach:

link Wise: 35 Neptune Ave. (between E. 12th & E. 14th St.) (718) 551-5588
upscale restaurant & bar serving authentic American / Ukrainian / French cuisine
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Brooklyn Heights:

instagram chicklet Chez Moi: 135 Atlantic Ave. (between Henry St. & Clinton St.) (347) 227-8337
Charming French bistro
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link Le Boudoir: 135 Atlantic Ave. (between Henry St. & Clinton St.) (347) 227-8337
Romantic speakeasy craft cocktail lounge inspired by Marie Antoinette’s private chamber. Located below Chez Moi
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Bushwick:

linkCherry On Top: 379 Suydam St. (between Irving Ave. & Wyckoff Ave.)
rooftop natural wine bar based on the Parisian wine bar
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Carroll Gardens:

link Bar Bête: 263 Smith St. (Degraw St.) (347) 844-9950
French restaurant with an extensive wine list
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Clinton Hill:

linkEndswell Bar and Bistro: 773 Fulton St. (between S. Oxford St. & S. Elliot Pl.) (929) 276-3150
French-American bistro serving craft cocktails
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Cobble Hill:

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

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

link Juliette: 135 N. 5th St. (Bedford Ave.) (718) 388-9222
Romantic Parisian cafe with open-air rooftop terrace
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linkLe Crocodile: 80 Wythe Ave. (N. 11th St.) (718) 460-8004
neighborhood brasserie serving French fare at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel.
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instagram chicklet Maison Premiere: 298 Bedford Ave. (between S. 1st & Grand Ave.) (347) 335-0446
Parisian café & New Orleans cocktail bar featuring oysters, acocktail den, and 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
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[Manhattan][Brooklyn][Queens]

Queens:

Astoria:

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

linkBistro Eloise: 75-57 31st Ave. (between 75th & 76th St.)
(718) 440-9493
Authentic French bistro
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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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instagram chicklet Domaine Bar a Vins: 50-04 Vernon Blvd. (50th Ave.) (718) 784-2350
Cozy 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
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Ridgewood:

link Plein Air: 68-38 Forest Ave. (Catalpa Ave.) (917) 522-6133
Compact bar and kitchen inspired by the culinary traditions of Southern France and Northern Italy
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