There’s something immensely satisfying about a great French bistro meal, from luxuriously buttery snails to an excellently seasoned steak tartare. It’s filling fare that doesn’t skimp on robust flavors and plenty of richness. Luckily, New York City has a strong range of bistros and brasseries around the city, with large concentrations in Midtown, the Upper East Side, and the West Village.
Some are spacious, bustling operations run by major restaurateurs, like Keith McNally’s Balthazar or Odeon and Andrew Carmellini’s Lafayette, but most are venerable family-run joints committed to timeless classics. Ahead, 20 excellent options for when a French onion soup craving or strong hankering for steak frites strikes.
Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2018.Read More