JP’s Food Adventures: Zucco Lives On – Better Than Ever

Photo by Cynthia Lamb.

I like hole in the wall places. To me, it’s like magic when a restaurant serves delicious meals in a small, quirky, out of the way space  — the kind of place where somebody’s dream has been shoehorned into a place the size of a modest apartment. We have a number of good examples in the neighborhood, and one of my favorites is Zucco: Le French Diner. For Francophiles like my wife and me this place is romantic as all get out. It’s also a pretty cost-effective way to scratch a Gallic itch.


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