Vive La France: The Haute 5 French Restaurants in New York City

Per Se

Thomas Keller’s restaurant Per Se in the Time Warner Center is the ultimate French Cuisine Foodie’s haven. Each day the kitchen creates two unique nine-course tasting menus, one a Chef’s Tasting ($275) the other a Tasting of Vegetables ($275).

Visit their website for the most up to date menu. For July 8th, offerings on the Chef’s Menu include “Oysters and Pearls,” Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar, Tartare of Kindai Bluefin Tuna, Herb Roasted Thomas Farm’s Pigeon, and Plum Sorbet.  With a two-month waiting list, it’s best to reserve ahead.

Per Se is located at 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY. 212.823.9335

Le Bernadin

With a record of two four stars from The New York Times, first in 1986 and again in 1995, as well as numerous accolades, Le Bernardin is a consistent palate pleasing choice excelling in the art of French Cuisine.

Chef Eric Ripert, born in Antibes, France and Owner Maguy Le Coze, born in small fishing village of Brittany, bring their first-hand knowledge of French Cuisine to the table. Choose from a seven course Tasting Menu or the eight course Chef’s Tasting Menu.

Le Bernardin is located at 155 West 51st Street, New York, NY 212.554.1515


Daniel offers a masterful presentation of French Cuisine with seasonally changing ingredients, an eye for perfection and always on the edge of mind stimulating innovation. Artful, invigorating and award winning, it’s a restaurant your palate will most certainly celebrate.

Menu highlight choices include Trio of Spanish Mackerel, Slow Baked Nova Scotia Halibut with Chanterelles, Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Loin. For comprehensive tasting enjoy the eight course tasting menu ($205).

Daniel is located at 60 East 65th Street New York, NY 212.288.0033

Jean Georges Restaurant

From Egg Caviar, to velvety Foie Gras, Yellowfin Tuna Ribbons, Grilled Snapper, Sweetbreads, and more, Jean Georges Restaurant is a must for those in search of the best French Cuisine in Manhattan. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten was born on the outskirts of Strasbourg in Alsace France and has been on the food scene since as early as he can remember.

As for the delicious prix fix tasting choose from the seven course Jean-Georges Menu ($148) or the seven course Spring Menu ($168).

Jean Georges Restaurant is located at 1 Central Park West, New York, NY 212.299.3900


L’Ecole is the Restaurant for the French Culinary Institute. A fun, inviting atmosphere where students and world renowned culinary professors collaborate to bring you delicious French cuisine at affordable prices, not to mention philanthropic ice cream endeavors.

The 3-course Prix Fixe Lunch Menu runs $28 and includes an appetizer, entree and dessert. Choose from an extensive menu with traditional fare like Country Pâté with Foie Gras and Truffles, Hanger Steak with Pommes Boulangere and Roasted Hampshire Pork Loin. For dinner enjoy a 4-course Prix Fixe Menu for $42 or the Chef’s Classics, dishes inspired by favorite recipes of the Deans and Chef-Instructors at the Institute.

L’Ecole is located at 462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013 212.219.3300