AOC is a little neighborhood French spot in the West Village. They do classics like benedicts for brunch and coq au vin for dinner, and while the food isn’t going to blow you away, it’s worth knowing about this place for its outdoor dining experience. The garden is a prime spot to eat outside in the summer and look out onto the kind of beautiful West Village apartment buildings that will either leave you feeling inspired (maybe one day you’ll live there) or depressed (you’re never going to live there).
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Now that the food and the crowd have improved for the better, Hudson Clearwater gets an improved rating, and more frequent Infatuation visits.
Always packed Morandi in the West Village is a popular spot serving Italian favorites. The porterhouse for two is amazing.
Frankies (570) Spuntino
While this isn’t a must visit, Frankies 570 is a reliable option that will be consistently packed with carb seeking humanity who might just appreciate the fact that Grateful Dead’s American Beauty is playing in full.
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Excuse My French
A funny little French tapas bar on the Lower East Side, with some really tasty food.
An Upper East Side French restaurant from Michael White with very good food. It's fancy, without being too formal.
Sauvage is a place in lower Greenpoint that looks like a French bistro, serves a great burger, and is surprisingly easy to get into.
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I Sodi serves excellent, classic Italian food and is a place where you’ll want to become a regular.
Jack's Wife Freda West Village
The new West Village outpost of Jack's Wife Freda is the same as the original, with a bigger, more comfortable space.
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