A Taste of France in New York City

1st Look takes a tour of some of the newest French cuisine spots right here in New York City. Come with us and bon appetit!

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Max Poglia for Buvette
Buvette, which opened in early 2011, has quickly become a West Village neighborhood favorite. For more French perfection, tune in to <i>1st Look</i> this Saturday after <i>Saturday Night Live</i> on NBC! <a href="http://www.ilovebuvette.com/" target="_blank">Buvette</a> 42 Grove Street, New York, NY / 212-255-3590
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Max Poglia for Buvette
The space isn’t big so expect a queue for dinner, but once inside you can order some of chef-owner Jody Williams's curated small-plate, French-style delights. Williams says her favorite thing on the menu is a split between eggs brouilles aux truffes and rabbit a la moutarde.
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Felicia Jamieson for Buvette
Coming soon, you can also take some of Buvette home with you in the form of various olive oils, Maine sea salt, and Jody’s signature nut pestos. Pictured here is the house lentils.
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Felicia Jamieson for Buvette
Chef Jody says, "If I weren't a restaurateur, I would be a cheese maker and wine maker." Pictured here is the mousse a chocolat.
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Daniel Krieger for La Promenade des Anglais
Alain Allegretti’s new restaurant La Promenade des Anglais, located in Chelsea, has been described as a little piece of the French Riviera here in New York City. <a href="http://www.lapromenadenyc.com" target="_blank">La Promenade des Anglais</a> 461 West 23rd Street, New York, NY / 212-255-7400
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Daniel Krieger for La Promenade des Anglais
The atmosphere evokes the feeling of being on the French Riviera with its long white awning, beach umbrellas, palm trees and sky blue walls, but it’s mostly the Mediterranean brasserie fare that has you thinking you’re in Nice.
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Noah Fecks for La Promenade des Anglais
Chef Alain Allegretti says, "If I weren’t a chef/restaurateur, I would be a soccer player." Pictured here is the Vitello Tonato.
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Noah Fecks for La Promenade Anglais
"My favorite thing on the menu is the Whole Branzino and the Boston Lettuce Salad," Chef Allegretti tells us. Pictured here is the Tuna Crudo.
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Millesime
Millesime is Laurent Manrique’s new French seafood brasserie located in the Carlton Hotel. The restaurant is a short journey away from the hotel entrance and be guided downstairs by an LED-clad accordion player to get to the restaurant. <a href="http://www.millesimerestaurant.com/Millesime/Home.html" target="_blank">Millesime</a> 92 Madison Avenue, New York, NY / 212-889-7100
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Millesime
Millesime is open for sit-down lunch and dinner, but they are now offering a lunch cart service called the “Chariot Express” to get you in and out in less than 40 minutes.
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Millesime
Order a platter of fresh assorted oysters, clams, shrimp, crab and lobster.
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Rouge et Blanc
Looking for French Vietnamese cuisine? Rouge et Blanc in Soho is the place to try it. East meets West at this cute date spot that offers simple fusion dishes with authentic flavors. <a href="http://www.rougeetblancnyc.com/" target="_blank">Rouge et blanc</a> 48 MacDougal St., New York, NY / 212-260-5757
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Rouge et Blanc
The flavor-packed dishes are heavily inspired by typical Vietnamese flavors and the decor will transport you to a small town in France.
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Whole fried rouget, one of the many small plates offered at Rouge et Blanc
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Linda Vongkhamchanh / NBC
A look at the shaved octopus with pennywort vinagrette. Owner Thomas Cregan tells us, "If I wasn't a restaurateur, I would be a biodynamic winemaker maybe in some place like Provence, France, making red, white and rosé wines to be enjoyed throughout the course of the entire year."
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