French Restaurants - NYC

French Dining in NYC
Restaurant Daniel is named for award-winning chef Daniel Boulud.

Restaurant Daniel is named for award-winning chef Daniel Boulud.

The Best French Restaurants NYC

French restaurants NYC are among the best restaurants in New York City. It is perhaps telling that of the five restaurants in NYC to have been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide, four are French: Restaurant Daniel, Jean Georges New York, Le Bernardin, and Per Se Restaurant. Not surprisingly, these same four French restaurants NY are among those honored with four stars in The New York Times. (As of 2011, only seven NYC restaurants hold a 4-star rating in The New York Times, and only 11 restaurants in the United States hold a 3-star rating in the Michelin Guide.) When you dine at one of the aforementioned French restaurants NY, or one of those listed below, you can expect a dining experience like no other. Of course, it's not all about the food: as you would expect, all French restaurants NYC feature outstanding French wines and decadent desserts.

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Boulud Cafe boasts a diverse menu of classic French cuisine and more.

Boulud Cafe boasts a diverse menu of classic French cuisine and more.

Hotels with On-Site French Restaurants NY

Many of the best French restaurants NYC can be found at NYC hotels. Two such restaurants are Boulud Cafe and Triomphe Restaurant. The former, Boulud Cafe NYC, is located on site at the 4.5-star Surrey NYC. This award-winning restaurant, founded by legendary chef Daniel Boulud of Restaurant Daniel, boasts a diverse menu of classic French cuisine, with seasonal offerings, vegetable dishes, and flavorful French entrees. Menu items include rabbit porchetta, striped bass en paupiette, beet-cured Scottish salmon, and black pepper linguini.

The latter restaurant, Triomphe Restaurant NYC, is located in Manhattan's Theater District, at the gorgeous Iroquois Hotel NYC. The perfect place for a pre-theater dinner, Triomphe Restaurant boasts mouthwatering menu items such as veal osso bucco braised with red wine, maple-glazed red leg venison with roasted acorn squash, and filet mignon with creamed spinach and grilled shrimp. A six-course tasting menu with optional wine pairing is available (and highly recommended).

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Le Bernardin is currently ranked 11th best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine.

Le Bernardin is currently ranked 11th best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine.

The Best French Restaurants NYC

There are four 3-Michelin Star French restaurants in NYC. One of these is Restaurant Daniel. Named for award-winning chef Daniel Boulud, Restaurant Daniel is located on Manhattan's posh Upper East Side, just steps away from popular NYC attractions like the Guggenheim Museum and Central Park. This upscale French restaurant in NYC is currently ranked eighth on Restaurant Magazine's list of best restaurants in the world. Menu items include duo of Vermont quail, roasted black bass with Syrah sauce, and Elysian Fields Lamb Loin.

Le Bernardin is another 3-Michelin Star French restaurant NYC. Currently ranked the 11th best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine, Le Bernardin Restaurant NYC features delectable French seafood dishes like warm lobster carpaccio with hearts of palm and orange vinaigrette, crispy black bass with lup cheong and beansprout risotto, and smoked yellow fin tuna "prosciutto" with Japanese pickled vegetables and crispy kombu. This French restaurant in NY promises to exceed your expectations from the moment you step through the door.

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1. Gilt NY
at the The Palace Hotel NYC

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2. Le Bateau
at the The Pod Hotel NYC

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3. Pigalle
at the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square

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4. Gaby Restaurant
at the Hotel Sofitel NYC

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5. Nice Matin
at the The Lucerne Hotel New York

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6. Jean Georges
at the Trump International Hotel & Tower NY

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7. Norma's
at the Le Parker Meridien New York

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Per Se Restaurant, NYC has won many awards and recognitions.

Per Se Restaurant, NYC has won many awards and recognitions.

3 Michelin Star French Restaurants NYC

Like Restaurant Daniel and Le Bernardin, Per Se Restaurant and Jean Georges New York are 3-Michelin Star French restaurants NYC. Per Se Restaurant offers two prix-fixe menus, one nine-course vegetarian tasting menu and one nine-course chef's tasting menu. Currently ranked the ninth best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine, Per Se NYC promises to delight with its rich, dark woods, elegant marbles, and rough copper tile floor. Menu items include butter poached Nova Scotia lobster, terrine of Hudson Valley moulard duck foie gras, and oysters and pearls, a "Sabayon" of pearl tapioca with Island Creek oysters and Sterling white sturgeon caviar.

Jean Georges New York puts a different spin on French cuisine, embracing American and Indochinese ingredients and techniques. This popular French restaurant in NYC is one of only a handful of Forbes Five Star restaurants that also hold a four-star rating in The New York Times. Menu items include Maine lobster, potato dumplings, and pickled chilies.

Restaurant Le Cirque is one of the most popular French restaurants in NY.

Restaurant Le Cirque is one of the most popular French restaurants in NY.

More French Restaurants NYC

Still looking for more French restaurants NYC? Take a look at these!

  • Restaurant Le Cirque: One of the most popular French restaurants in NY, Restaurant Le Cirque has launched the careers of some of the most famous chefs in the world, including Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, Terrance Brennan, and Geoffrey Zakarian. This famous French restaurant NY boasts a diverse menu of French and Italian cuisine, with dishes such as paupiette of black cod with leeks, potatoes, and rocca di frassinello sauce; rack of lamb with eggplant and sheep's milk ricotta; and trio de luxe, an appetizer of smoked salmon, foie gras, and caviar.
  • Bouley Restaurant: Located in Manhattan's vibrant Tribeca neighborhood, Bouley Restaurant is a contemporary French restaurant NYC. Chef David Bouley, voted one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1994, has established a reputation for creativity in the kitchen, as he is willing to combine disparate ingredients in clever and surprising ways. Dining at Bouley Restaurant is always an exciting experience. Try it!