A perfect table setting requires pristine linens and polished cutlery, except at off-Broadway restaurants where waiters set every table in postapocalyptic Vienna. Avoid avant garde eating with today’s Groupon: for $65, you get a three-course French dinner for two at Chez Jacqueline (up to a $159 total value). The dinner includes:
- Two appetizers (up to a $19 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $29 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $14 value each)
- Bottle of wine (up to a $35 value)
The chefs at Chez Jacqueline, winner of the James Beard Award, import French flavors from the Côte d’Azur to fashion a Provençale menu within an atmosphere of rustic charm. Taste buds tour the Mediterranean coast, introducing themselves to croquettes sporting edible berets of chèvre frais, or meet native noshes from other regions, such as foie gras or merguez—a grilled, spicy lamb sausage. For the main course, chefs grill hanger steak and pair it with a green-peppercorn or mustard sauce in the onglet grillé. The truite amandine’s almond-topped trout wears an edible friendship bracelet woven of string beans, and the Black Angus sirloin steak frites cruises to tables with piping fries and peppercorn or béarnaise sauce. Dessert choices include the tarte tatin de Jacqueline, a caramelized apple tart topped with crème anglaise and vanilla ice cream. A bottle of bordeaux or another pour off the wine list fuels storytelling or arguments over who has firmer teeth as guests linger in Chez Jacqueline’s simple, warm décor at rustic wooden tables.
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.