Frenchie. Unfortunately, as François Simon so eloquently put it, scoring a reservation is “simply hell. The gates of prison must be more welcoming.”
So where else can you go when you want of-the-moment, cosmopolitan market cooking, in a casual setting that won’t break the bank? We asked our contributors, and here’s what they said.
- Rino Our group loves Giovanni Passerini’s mod Mediterranean menu.
- Frenchie Bar à Vins This no-reservations, small plates annex to Frenchie is an obvious choice, but if you want a seat, arrive at or before 7pm, when the doors open.
- L’Office This neighborhood bistro in the 9th was recently revamped to much praise, with American Kevin O’Donnel at the stove.
- Au Passage “Edgy modern French comfort food,” is how Alexander Lobrano describes James Henry’s cooking at this bare bone wine bar in the 11th.
- Le Galopin This bistro on place Sainte-Marthe was taken over in late 2011 by by Top Chef winner Romain Tischenko, whose pristine seasonal cooking will please produce fetishists.
About our process: For each topic, we begin with a little research to identify options. We then ask our readers, by posting a question in the forum, to offer additional suggestions. From that discussion, we compile a list of candidates and ask our panel of contributing advisors to rank their top choices and identify any rejects. Their rankings are weighted, analyzed, and compiled into a new Five Great post every week. Runners up are places who received more positive votes than negative comments. Rejects are places that received only negative comments with no positive votes.