You can probably find every cuisine under the sun somewhere in New York City. But something about French cuisine—probably the butter and wine—keeps us going back for more. Here are a few of our favorite French restaurants in one of our favorite NYC neighborhoods, the West Village.
The simple, intimate dining room at Café Loup keeps diners’ focus on what matters: the food. Regulars rave about the blanc de poulet roti a l’estragon, which is a tender, pan roasted chicken with buttery mashed red bliss potatoes. The moules a la mariniere aux pomme frites is another delight with Canadian mussels in Chardonnay over fresh cut fries.Café Loup 105 W 13th St New York, NY 10011
Utilized as a cafe, lunch spot, cocktail lounge and old fashioned French bistro, Buvette impresses on each of its versatile menus. The brunch crowd heads here for a plate of prosciutto and what may be the world’s fluffiest scrambled eggs. Afternoons may call for a meatier, more refreshing dish like the poulpes aux olives, which is an octopus salad with crispy celery and olives. For dinner, we love the slow cooked rabbit confit.Buvette 42 Grove St New York, NY 10014
Chef Thierry Rochard has been raising New Yorkers’ cholesterol levels for over twenty years, serving up dishes from France’s coastal Brittany region (hence the lighthouse and other nautical decorations). Confusingly located on the corner of West 11th and West 4th streets, Tartine draws a crowd for summer brunches while maintaining a vibe that’s tres laid back. We love the croque madame and the thick French toast for brunch. Evenings are quieter, the better to enjoy Rochard’s bouchee a la Reine, a puff pastry filled with chicken, mushrooms, and herbs.Tartine 253 W. 11th St. New York, NY 10014
Since 1996, Le Gigot has set the bar high for provencal cuisine in the neighborhood. A charming interior and attentive staff complement the establishment’s menu offerings. Go with the leg of lamb—roasted to tender perfection— or the seafood risotto loaded with lobster, crab, and shrimp. The rich brioche pudding is a must. (Dessert is a French word after all).Le Gigot 18 Cornelia St New York, NY 10014