10 Best French Restaurants in Manhattan, New York City

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New York has the best French restaurants in the world outside of France.  Some NYC French restaurants compete with the best Paris has to offer.  See the 10 Best French Restaurants in Manhattan:

10.  Brasserie100 E 53rd Street, Midtown.  Think of the French classics like onion soup, escargot, fois gras, and croque monssieur.  Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner but lunchtime is best.  Three course pre-fixe meat and fish lunches are $35.  Brunch on weekends.  Newly renovated with recessed lighting, red walls , red ceiling, and illuminated bar.  Date-worthy location.

9.  La Grenoiullie3 East 52nd Street, Midtown.  Opened in the 1960s.  La Grenoiullie serves homestyle French dishes in this fine French food restaurant setting.  This is high society, a jacket is required in the downstairs dining room.  I have never been disappointed with a dish at La Genoiullie.  Try their signature frog legs if you want to experiment with a new dish.  2 and 3 course pre-fixe meals available.  Classic dining room with large floral and green plant displays.  Prices are high, dishes start at $40.

8.  Brasserie Les Halles. 2 locations: 411 Park Ave South, Flatiron District and 15 John Street, Financial District. A typical French brasserie serving France’s everyday cuisines and a bit larger entrees than your usual French restaurant.  While an executive chef in New York City, this was NYC celebrity chef, author and TV host, Anthony Bourdain’s most popular restaurant.  He trained much of the current cooking staff and although he no longer cooks here, you can feel his vibe and touch in the food and decor.  Les Halles is more casual than your average, stuffy French high-end restaurant.  Serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Service can leave a little to be desired but the food is good, unpretentious French cuisine.

7.  La Sirene558 1/2 Broome Street, SoHo.  Their are two great things about La Sirene.  One is that the French seafood is outstanding and two, they are BYOB.  Ingredients are handpicked.  Menu is seasonal to reflect the freshest foods.  Owner-chef Didier Pawlicki is from Marseille, Southern France and brings the Southern touch to his cuisine.  No corkage fee.  You need to make reservations on the weekends.

6.  Per Se10 Columbus Circle, Manhattan. Each day two 9 course meals are diligently prepared from the finest ingredients.  With 9 courses, each dish is a little more than a bite or two.  A restaurant for a major celebration.  Expect to pay at least $200 per person.  Classy interior.

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