6 NYC Restaurants That Make You Feel Like You’re in Paris
Flights to the City of Light might be cheaper than ever, but, unfortunately for us, we can’t always jet off to Europe at a moment’s notice. Not to worry: From bustling brasseries to cozy cafés, these spots are as close as you can get to a Parisian escape without leaving the city.
Technically, the menu at this recently opened spot is French-Brazilian, but with an Instagram-worthy interior and a stylish crowd, who are we to split hairs? Stop by for the weekday apéro (short for aperitif) hour for drink and oyster specials, alongside the regular menu of hearty fare, including a tomato and Gruyère tart and a must-order gnocchi à la Parisienne.
37 Canal St.; brigitteles.com
The French Cheese Board
Brie still, our hearts: This sleek storefront is a veritable fromage wonderland this side of the Seine. With a rotating selection of cheese priced to go and an events calendar that includes cooking demos, wine and cheese pairings, exhibitions and more, the French Cheese Board follows through on its promise of being a culture lab for those looking to fan the flames of Francophilia (and, you know, eat a lot of cheese).
41 Spring St.; frenchcheeseboard.com
Come for the pitch-perfect ambience, stay for the quiche Lorraine. Or, really, any and all of the baked goods (we’re partial to the chocolate-chip cookie). Psst: If you covet the café’s serene, just-rustic-enough aesthetic, you can pick up dishware, beauty products and textiles hand-picked by the owners at Marché Maman, next door to the Soho location.
Multiple locations; mamannyc.com
Across from Fort Greene Park, Café Paulette’s red leather banquettes and pendant lamps welcome you into this cozy bistro, owned by a native Parisian. Along with classic fare like croque monsieur and salade Niçoise, the specialty of the house is a large-format raclette dinner—yep, there’s an entire meal built around a melty wedge of cheese.
1 S. Elliott Pl., Brooklyn; cafepaulette.com
La Maison du Macaron
Sure, you could get an excellent croissant, brioche or kouign amann at this charming Flatiron shop, but your visit really won’t be complete until you’ve managed to sample a few macarons from the many flavors on offer (think nougat-lavender and apricot-Champagne, to name a few). Box up a dozen to go so you still have some when you get home…or at least to the end of the sidewalk.
132 W. 23rd St.; nymacaron.com
Are you one of the lucky folks who is not doing Whole30 this month? Cobble Hill’s Bien Cuit (translation: “well done”) is a great spot to treat yourself to a chocolate-orange éclair, a roasted-beet tartine and other artfully made goods baked by a James Beard Award semi-finalist. There’s also an incomprehensibly quiet backyard for warmer weather (once we remember what that is). Don’t leave before grabbing a miche (country loaf) to accompany your next dejeuner at home.
120 Smith St., Brooklyn; biencuit.com