It's tempting to think steak frites is the only hallmark of this classic French bistro. But it ain't. Fans point to the execution by fun, sometimes coquettish staff, evocative music, bottles, murals and mirrors. It's a formula but, if done well, it's a great formula. And make no mistake, here it's a great formula.
The drinks list is as Gallic as can be: wine, champagne, beer and aperitifs. So mull the options and think deeply about whether to crack a bottle of Petit Chablis or Cru Bourgeois, before tucking into a beautifully marbled USDA Prime ribeye or trimmed entrecôte steak, with frites and accompanying pots of the restaurant's special house sauce. Even the atmosphere is fully French, stoked by music and great staff, particularly come the weekend when locals book tables weeks in advance and brunch becomes the focus. Expect live music, bottomless bubbles, house wine and as much steak frites as you can handle. Round it all off with a Pastis. Sister restaurant in SoHo.