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Best French Restaurants in New York

Whether a luxurious four-star dinner at Le Bernardin or a simple brasserie meal, you'll find the best of Gallic cuisine utterly enchanting in New York

Adour - Alain Ducasse
(212) 710-2277 Make Reservation
Two East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
Cuisine of star chef Alain Ducasse at the St. Regis Hotel, overseen by interim chef Sylvain Portay. Tucked in the heart of the iconic hotel, Adour represents a harmonious balance between Ducasse's dedication to the culinary arts and the legendary elegance of the St. Regis. Adour brings to the table a resolutely contemporary approach to dining.

212-206-0555 Make Reservation
46 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010+5808
In recent years, the cuisine of la France has not fared so well in our city, given the preponderance of Asian-fusion and Italian restaurants. Alain Allegretti, formerly of Le Cirque 2000 and Atelier, has fortunately opened a charming new French restaurant in the Flatiron district. Stripped of the usual artifice and serving top-quality meals at reasonable prices in this difficult economy, Allegretti features a small bar area and modest dining room. Its charms are many, from the modest artwork and discrete decor to the cordial but unstilted staff. The wine list offers a superb selection of fairly-priced vintages, with a nod to some more unusual varietals from Languedoc, Jura, and points farther afield. The dining room is neither hushed nor noisy, allowing for a tranquil and unhurried meal of several courses.

(212) 725-8585 Make Reservation
2 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022
From acclaimed chef Terrance Brennan, serving top-notch French bistro fare, including classics such as lamb shank and cassoulet, Artisanal has many intriguing dishes to offer. And if you love cheese, you will love Artisanal. With close to 250 cheese selections to choose from, and over 100 wines by the glass, you will be able to find just about any match under the Tuscan sun.

Brasserie Ruhlmann
(212) 974-2020 Make Reservation
45 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
Many New Yorkers became enchanted of Art Deco master Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann during a stunning 2004 exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Given that the Art Deco craze never really faded, and that owner Jean Denoyer is such an avid Ruhlmann fan, perhaps it seemed a foregone conclusion that a traditional brasserie executed in the style of Ruhlmann would arise. Now featuring executive chef Laurent Tourondel, whose own food empire has become slightly overextended in the past year.

Chez Lola
(718) 858-1484
387 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Fort Greene's most attractive and authentic French fare in a spectacularly-curated setting that is an inventive mix of Parisian eye-pleasers and strangely re-purposedly accoutrements.

Jean Georges Restaurant
(212) 299-3900 Make Reservation
1 Central Park West
New York, NY 10026+4302
"It is time to revive the kind of service that is reminiscent of the 40's and 50's," states the chef and co-owner Jean-Georges Vongerichten. "We wanted to bring back tableside service for two reasons: first, because it is elegant and graceful; but more importantly, I felt it was time to bring the excitement and the wonderful aromas of food preparation back into the dining room. After all, we cooks are the ones that have been having all the fun in the kitchen -- that first aromatic smell of freshly sliced meat or the placement of the perfect garnish to finish a dish will now be experienced by the diners. It will add a sense of aliveness and conviviality to the dining room that focuses on the food."