112 Suffolk, near Delancey
Mon-Sun 5-11 p.m.; weekend brunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
This sliver of a restaurant just a stone’s throw from Sara D. Roosevelt Park offers rustic farmhouse french dishes with “New American” touches. Chef/owner Karim Nounouh emphasizes quality, locally sourced ingredients. The space is cozy and charming. There are copper pots on the walls, a curved wood plank ceiling. Service is efficient and friendly. Flavor combinations are sometimes successful — sometimes not. Entrees range from $16-28.
40 Rivington, near Forsyth
Hours Sun-Thu: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-12am
Reservations strongly recommended
Cash, AMEX only
Zucco passed away in early 2010 but his charming little diner on Orchard Street lives on. All the classics are here: steak in a red wine sauce, duck confit, salad nicoise, onion soup, etc. There’s a single table outside and a cozy dining room.
188 Orchard, near Houston
Mon-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, 11am-11pm
Sure, Keith McNally’s hot spot on Rivington Street attracts a bridge and tunnel crowd, but the staff goes to great lengths to treat the locals well. If Todd is behind the bar, you can be assured of a perfectly prepared cocktail. The French bistro-ish menu includes many crowd pleasers, including a very decent steak frites, a well-prepared roast chicken and french onion soup. Avoid the crushing crowds, and go for lunch.
131 Rivington, at Norfolk
Hours Mon-Wed, 11am-1am; Thu, 11am-2am; Fri-Sat, 10am-3am; Sun, 10am-1am
A French bistro with Brazilian and African accents, a laid back vibe and a party atmosphere in the late evenings. The grilled steak marinated in spices from the Ivory Coast, a Brazilian seafood stew and the lamb shank tajine are among the best options.
37 Canal, at Ludlow
Open Sun-Thu, 8am-2am; Fri-Sat, 8am-4am.
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