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
A favorite of late night bar crowds, this “hole in the wall” spot serves sweet and savory crepes until the wee hours.
135 Ludlow, near Rivington
212-979-5521 or 212-253-6705
Hours Sunday-Thursday 11am-3am; Friday-Saturday 11am-4am
Cash only, late night
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.
This romantic wine bar also offers small plates (mostly French-accented). There is a nice selection of pates, cheeses, pressed sandwiches and salads. It’s a good spot for small parties.
42 Rivington, near Forsyth
Hours Mon-Thu, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am; Sun, closed