DINNER AT THE BAR : Frenchette in NYC

Dinner at the Bar is a series that started with date night. After a long week, my husband and I like to unwind with good food and drinks, and we discovered there is something magical about sitting at the bar. There is an intimacy and casualness about it, and perched high on our chairs, we can see all of the action. It’s become our weekly ritual.


This restaurant is destined to become as iconic as the restaurants where the Chef-owners honed their craft. Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, veterans of NYC’s brasseries Balthazar and Pastis, branched out on their own to create Frenchette in Tribeca. I heard they put everything into this restaurant – all of their money, all of their ideas, all of themselves – and my god does it shows!

The decor is so well done and there is such a buzz that you actually feel like you’re in Paris. It’s as cozy as it is chic, and you can’t help but appreciate the attention to detail in the design. They commissioned a local woodworker to create richly polished, curving woodwork throughout, and a local artist to add flower sketches on the plaster walls to balance the masculinity of all the wood. You can feel the craftsmanship in every corner of the space.

Now, to gush on the food. I’m definitely a bit biased being a lover of french bistro food, and let me tell you, I think this is my new favorite. I love that their menu is a mix of modern and traditional French food. I was a little nervous when I saw the thicker frites on the side of my Duck, but they did not disappoint. They still had that perfect crispiness on the outside.  What I especially like is that the food isn’t as heavy as you expect – sauces are minimal and the food just has a lightness to it.

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