There are tons of French restaurants on the Upper West Side, but most of them feel like the kind of places you’d go with someone who has a personal shopper at Brooks Brothers. Le Petit Rooster is an Upper West Side French spot that doesn’t feel like those places. You might hear Tame Impala playing during your dinner here and there’s $8 glasses of wine during Happy Hour. You can usually walk right in and get a table so it’s a great place to meet a friend for drinks and a few small plates like grilled oysters, or ratatouille. If you’re hungry enough for a full dinner, share some rotisserie chicken and the mushroom gnocchi. After your meal, be sure to take a moment and appreciate how good it is to be full of French food that cost less than one Airpod.
More spots in Upper West SideSee more
Barney Greengrass is the definition of a Classic NYC Establishment. What’s not to love about a 100-year-old tradition of sturgeon scrambled eggs and a H&H bagel with lox, cream cheese and tomato?
Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
More French spotsSee more
Le French Diner
We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.
No, it’s not a bowling alley in Times Square. It’s the 25-year-old Keith McNally restaurant that’s way more fun than Balthazar.
Le Pain Quotidien, you are officially on notice. Maison Kayser is better, and people can actually pronounce it. Sort of.
Suggested by our writers
Houseman is a fantastic neighborhood restaurant in a neighborhood you probably don’t spend much time in.
Uva is a rustic, cozy little Italian Upper East Side spot that is ideal for date night, mostly because it’s easy.
Frenchette is an upscale French bistro in Tribeca. Think of it as an updated version of The Odeon or Balthazar.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more