Augustine, THE French brasserie of the Financial district
In the “belly” of the beautiful Beekman Hotel, interior decorator Martin Brudnizki wonderfully mixed neo-modernist elements with Napoleon III furniture. The famous atrium is not the address' only interest though. The French brasserie is the other Beekman gem, incredibly popular in the entire Financial district. You'll be able to try classics of French cuisine at Augustine's, from Benedict eggs to pork sausage brioches, cheese soufflés, pork chops in Calvados, peppered tenderloins and delicious duck à l'orange and Grand Marnier. As for the wine menu, it also harks back to the French terroir. If you wish to enjoy a Côte de Beaune Villages in a Keith McNally chic and popular spot, you'll of course have to expect a certain price range, but service is beyond reproach. Watching time go by on a huge clock, akin to those you'd find in a Parisian train station, while relishing an Apple Tarte Tatin, is an experience that almost takes you back to the French Loir-et-Cher department, where the Tatin sisters had their inn. A stone's throw away from the Brooklyn Bridge, time flies when you have flavoured fun!
The Beekman Hotel
5 Beekman Street
New York, NY 10038
+1 212 375 0010
High-end French cuisine at Le Coucou
In the midst of Lower Manhattan, Francophile chef Daniel Rose and his associate Stephen Star have opened a firmly French address in December 2016: Le Coucou. High ceilings, white brick walls and gigantic mirrors give the dining room a spacious feel. With medieval type chandeliers, plants and white tablecloth, the Roman & Williams decoration adds elegance to the proceedings. Prepared in an open kitchen, classics of French cuisine are brilliantly displayed, with a twist. You can have a taste of the veal terrine with foie gras, girolle mushrooms and chives or halibut sauerkraut in white butter sauce and radish. The restaurant just won the Best of New York award for best fish stew in 2017. Daniel Rose makes a dramatic entrance on the New York gastronomy scene, with a high-end French cuisine that you'll enjoy on a comfortable purple velvet bench seat.
138 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013
+1 212 271 4252
An out-and-out evening at the Metrograph Theater
Book your evening, as you have a date at the Metrograph. Either for a drink or dinner – from sea bass served with artichoke and fennel to regular burger and fries – before a movie. But not any movie! You're not likely to catch the latest blockbuster here. On the same model used by MK2 in Paris, Curzon Cinemas in London or Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, the Metrograph programme gives pride of place to art films and old classics. It will therefore be possible to discover or rediscover career retrospectives of filmmakers like Olivier Assayas, Luis Buñuel or Costa-Gavras. On your way out, you'll be able to further broaden your movie knowledge at the well-equipped Theatre's bookshop.
7 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
+1 212 660 0312
Maison Premiere, Louisiana bayou in Brooklyn
Cross over the Brooklyn Bridge and end up in... New Orleans! Maison Premiere will take you a few years back into the bayou, right on Bedford Avenue. The long and narrow establishment is dedicated to seafood and absinth-based cocktails. Facing the entrance, the large bar demarcates two dining rooms. Take your seat and enjoy a large selection of oysters or watch the barman prepare your cocktail. Try the Chrysanthemum or the Inverness. At one of the heart-shaped tables in the back room, you'll relish scallops with radish, a very in-demand brandade de morue or a hefty lobster roll. The wine menu offers French bottles exclusively, with a surprising range of Muscadet. The Côte Chalonnaise offers the most pleasurable with a truly delicious Viré-Clessé, savoured in the shade of the terrace, at the end of the restaurant.
298 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
+1 347 335 0446
Camembert cheese, masterpiece of the French Cheese Board
In the middle of SoHo, this concept store plays on the notions of art, design and food. It flies the French flag high and puts cheese on the spotlight. The shop is very elegantly conceived, dressed in black and white with wooden elements here and there. Organised in order under the display cases, cheese is turned into art. If you're passing by New York and feel a craving for dairy products, you now have a place to go. Brie, Emmental, camembert and bleu d'Auvergne, choose your cheese and chomp!
La Maison du Fromage
41 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
+1 212 302 3390
La Toulousaine, French bakery in the heart of Harlem
If you feel a sudden need to hear a delicious French baguette “crack”, then make a trip to La Toulousaine, at 942 Amsterdam Avenue. Chef Jean-François Gatorze is a genuine inhabitant of Toulouse, displaying a strong south-western French accent and working closely with French producers for fresh foods, both from France and New York. Cold meats used for sandwiches thus come from Trois Petits Cochons, a French company producing patés, terrines and mousses, set in Brooklyn. As for the chocolate used in pastries, it is imported from France. From a country-style paté snack to the traditional ham sandwich, everything is fresh and high-end. You'll taste it from the very first bite!
942 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
+1 212 866 2253