Try these French restaurants in the West Village.
It’s no secret that you can dine around the world in the West Village –– be it Italian, Asian, Spanish, or Caribbean cuisine. When I’m in the mood for French fare, though, Bar Six, Le Gigot, and A.O.C. crown my list. These three NYC restaurants offer reliable food, pleasant atmosphere, and the feeling that I’ve escaped to France if only for a few hours. When your inner Francophile calls, give these yummy French restaurants in the West Village a try.
Bar Six, 502 6th Ave
You’re not in Paris. Or, are you? Bar Six’s bistro-style decor steps right out of the City of Light, or at least a movie filmed in the 6th Arrondissement. Feast on dishes such as mussels Provencale and steak frites au poivre, which share the menu with Moroccan specialties like chicken tagine and bisteeya (savory Moroccan chicken pie served over ratatouille).
Though your appetite might lure you to Bar Six, the craft cocktails are also worth a look, if not a sip. Wet your whistle with a “French 75” (Heyman’s Old Tom, fresh lime, prosecco) or a “Moulin Mûre” (Tito’s, St. Germain, lemon, thyme infused blackberry puree.) Beer and wine drinkers adore happy hour with $6 wines and $4 drafts Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Le Gigot, 18 Cornelia St, #1
Step inside this Cornelia Street mainstay, and you’ll imagine you’re in Provence. Its snug yet charming quarters remind me why I dream of spending time in the south of France, and the food reminds me how much I adore French cuisine. Brunch at Le Gigot is a must-try –– the scrambled eggs are some of the best I’ve tasted in New York City. And, thanks to their chef, I learned the secret to making a fine scramble at home: lots of butter.
Rest assured, dinner doesn’t disappoint either. Boeuf Bourguignon, cassoulet, and fish du jour are but a few of the classics you’ll discover coming from the kitchen in the 20-year-old West Village gem.
A.O.C. L’aile ou la Cuisse, 314 Bleecker St
A.O.C. is charming enough inside, but the backyard takes the term “outdoor dining” to another level. I could sit for hours among the sounds of the city and sip a glass bottle of Sancerre before taking a bite from any plate. But I’d want to eat, of course, because the menu is well-rounded and I could devour most every dish on it. Frisee aux lardons, coq au vin, les pates à la bretonne, and le saumon grille are but a few highlights from the lunch and dinner lineup.
If you’re one of those New York early birds, you’re in luck – A.O.C. opens at 8 a.m. every morning for breakfast. And the bistro remains open all day, seven days a way, closing at midnight.
Bar Six ph0to by the restaurant. Le Gigot photo by Kevin W via Yelp.