Antibes Bistro

A taste of the Cote d’Azur on the Lower East Side. Traditional bistro fare with some creative touches. Good wine list. Live jazz in the evenings.

112 Suffolk, near Delancey

212-533-6088

Mon-Sun 5-11 p.m.; weekend brunch  11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Gentleman Farmer

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

(212) 677-2172

Hours Sun-Thu: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-12am

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Reservations strongly recommended

Cash, AMEX only

Creperie

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

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Cash only, late night

Zucco

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

212-677-5200

Mon-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, 11am-11pm

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Schiller’s

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

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Delivery, wi-fi

Les Enfants Terribles

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

212-777-7518

Open Sun-Thu, 8am-2am; Fri-Sat, 8am-4am.

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Jadis

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

(212) 254-1675

Hours Mon-Thu, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am; Sun, closed

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