Everybody loves a good bistro meal and especially if it is French. It offers cuisine that is tasty and plentiful, and all manner of dishes can be served up in a good bistro.
Back in Paris the bistro started out from humble beginnings, and usually they served just one dish which was the plat de jour. This dish was a sort of rustic stew that took hours in the making, and the next day another dish full of seasonal ingredients would be prepared. Today bistro food is something completely different and in New York City there are numerous French bistros serving up some incredible food. The biggest concentration of these eateries is around the West Village, UES, and Midtown.
Over on West 86th Street you can find the charming La Mirabelle which is a family-run delight of a bistro. The best thing about this restaurant is that there are no airs and graces, and the atmosphere is close to what a true bistro should have. All the French bistro classics are available from French Onion Soup to Steak au Poivre. But what is really interesting about the food served here is they create some marvelous offal dishes. Such as chicken livers in raspberry vinegar, sweetbreads with capers and veal kidneys.
Quatorze Bis has a welcoming exterior with its slick red-brick facade, and this French eatery is popular with older couples and families. It really is worth the effort taking a trip over to this Upper East Side bistro, and although it can tend to be a bit on the expensive side the food is definitely worth it. It’s all about location and the tariff reflects upon the neighborhood.
If you want authentic French bistro food in the Theater District, then look no further than Chez Napoleon. This charming eatery has been open since 1960 and their menu is stacked full of unusual organ-meat and offal dishes. If you are a tad squeamish about what you eat then perhaps this is not the restaurant for you, but if you are a little more adventurous why not try the kidneys in mustard sauce, or calf’s brains in a black butter and capers sauce. This famous New York bistro has been operating under the same family for thirty years and looking at the queues at the weekend it is as popular as ever.
Le Veal d’Or
If you want to eat at the oldest French bistro in town then go to East 60th Street and you will find The Golden Calf (Le Veal d’Or) which was established in 1937. The place is stacked out with regulars which is always a good sign, and patrons frequent this bistro at lunch as well as in the evenings. Popular dishes include Coq au Vin, lamb stew, and the leeks vinaigrette. Le Veal d’Or is also famous for their rich and creamy desserts so make sure you leave enough room to enjoy. This bistro takes you back to France, with its large landscape paintings and typical traditional bistro interior.