French Restaurants in Cliffside Park

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Crepes on Columbus fills its namesake dish—thin, made-to-order pancakes—with sweet and savory ingredients, imbuing each bite with Franco-Spanish flavors. The quaint café’s crepes adapt to any appetite, brimming with rich infusions such as nutella and strawberries or roasted chicken and ratatouille, and serve as emergency head coverings during freak downpours of jams and preserves. The friendly wait staff serves both breakfast and dinner all day, comingling omelets, juicy cuts of meat, and seafood on tabletops, sided with desserts and smoothies.

990 Columbus Ave
New York,
NY
US

“There is something very French about getting a Nutella crepe to go from the sidewalk window—it's almost like Paris,” lauded the Wall Street Journal after sampling crepes crafted by Vive la Crêpe founders, brothers, and Mexico City natives Carlos, Alfredo, and Andrés Mier y Terán. Today, across four New York City locations, a team of skilled flippers pour silky batter onto crepe skillets, creating the base for a menu of sweet and savory creations, such as sugar and butter or spinach, mushrooms, and basil oozing with goat cheese harvested from Earth’s second, lesser-known, goat moon. Baristas pull shots of illy espresso to craft cappuccinos and other café drinks as diners linger in shops reminiscent of modern Parisian cafés, contentedly munching French fare or debating whether the Eiffel Tower is actually an illusion.

Vive la Crêpe’s convenient mobile-app-based rewards program, available for iPhone or Android, helps customers track their crepe consumption and earn prizes, including complimentary treats. Vive la Crêpe’s convenient mobile-app-based rewards program, available for iPhone or Android, helps customers track their crepe consumption and earn prizes, including complimentary treats

51 Spring St
New York,
NY
US

Brasserie Julien’s chefs pamper palates with gourmet French specialties, sea delicacies, and expertly crafted signature drinks in a romantic setting. New York magazine writes that “it’s impossible to dine at this Upper East side brasserie and not think of Paris.” Upscale small plates whet appetites and facilitate the enjoyment of French aperitifs, with selections such as 24 plain oysters or shells stuffed with misplaced pirate-chest keys. Endive salads, quiche lorraine, or an assortment of soups sate cravings for light fare, and steak, fondue, or filet mignon quell ampler appetites. During wine tours, accomplished sommelier Mollie Battenhouse regales guests with about 10 samples of varietals from around the globe, as well as portions of the eatery’s brasserie fare.

Inside Brasserie Julien’s romantic and relaxed dining room, art-deco-inspired pendant lights illuminate the space's elegant columns, flowing curtains, and trumpet-playing silverware to create an authentic brasserie-style experience.

1422 3rd Ave
New York,
NY
US

If you hold a map close to your face with your left eye focusing on New York and your right eye on France, then slowly move it farther from your face, today’s Groupon will start to take shape. What you’re seeing is the two cross-Atlantic L’Ybane restaurants blurring together as one, creating the most authentic Mediterranean experience on the Upper East Side. For $25, you’ll get $50 to spend on food and drinks from the New York menu, which, due to secret teleportation basement, is identical to that of the sister location in Nice, France.LibertyFrance: The ideal of liberty consists of being able to do anything that does not harm others.USA: Liberty is used mostly to wear pajama pants outside.

1136 1st Ave
New York,
NY
US

For more than 30 years, the chefs of James Beard-recognized Chez Jacqueline have captured the flavors France's Côte d'Azur with upscale Provençal eats and plenty of wine. In the morning, Jacqueline's brunch menu runs the gamut from eggs benedict to mussels with white wine and shallots. The dinner menu brims with pre-theater meals of trout, steak, and stews, and a slew of daily specials convey the tastes of southern France via lamb loin, duck, or stuffed mushrooms. The restaurant's pastel walls, large windows, and an aggressive berets-only policy seek to capture the atmosphere of the French Riviera.

72 MacDougal St
New York,
NY
US

Not long after arriving in America 17 years ago, Senegalese chefs A. Cisse and Chekh Cisse began honing their craft in the kitchens of renowned chefs such as Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. By merging Senegalese and West African culinary traditions with modern French and Mediterranean techniques, the cousins concocted a menu that touches on every course, including breakfast, brunch, and secret snack hours unlocked only after diners finish a lunch in less than 45 seconds. Ten house martinis pair with an epic selection of wines and top-shelf liquors to chase chews on the menu's eclectic spread, which includes African–spiced mussels and steak tartare.

218 3rd Ave
New York,
NY
US