In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s mustache during dinner without asking first. Feast around the proper tableside etiquette of France with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale French cuisine at Le Deauville.
The culinary wizards at Le Deauville craft an authentic menu filled with traditional French dishes, which complement their extensive international wine list and romantic bistro ambience. Whet appetites on garlic-buttered escargot ($9.50) or beef carpaccio in a truffle port-wine vinaigrette ($16) before diving like a pager company’s stock into a parade of classic main courses. Tickle Francophile taste buds with filet mignon, french fries, and haricot verts ($34), a pan-roasted salmon fillet swimming in herb oil with tomatoes and herb risotto ($26), or pan-seared chilean sea bass with zucchini gratin, tomato provençale, and arugula pesto ($34), which can all be expertly paired with a glass of wine or a long-lost right sock.
Le Deauville’s airy dining room contrasts the dark hues of a polished wood bar against a cheery palette composed of high ceilings, bright walls, and tasteful artwork. The refined, romantic atmosphere spills out onto the sidewalk on sunny days and warm nights. Space is limited, so Le Deauville recommends making reservations and requests that marching bands leave their instruments at home.
In the middle of July, alfresco diners at Le Deauville might dive headlong into a Bastille Day celebration, watching as servers light red, white, and blue cupcake towers with sparklers or mediate street-side matches of pétanque. Though they bathe their sidewalk bistro in patriotic colors on state holidays, the staffers also immerse visitors in French culture year-round. Chefs populate seasonal menus with traditional French dishes such as steamed mussels in tomato and herbs, roasted rack of lamb with bordelaise mint sauce, and sea scallops with wild-mushroom risotto. They sometimes augment these dishes with globe-hopping guests including Caribbean lobster and Spanish mackerel, introducing new flavors to French preparations without having to pass sushi off as really, really strange-looking ratatouille.
In warm weather, servers ferry these dishes to sidewalk tables draped in white tablecloths next to the restaurant's French-door-covered façade, which is illuminated each night by strings of colored light bulbs. Gray tiled floors inlaid with intricate designs spread out inside, running between dark-wood-paneled and exposed-brick walls. Here, patrons gather at café tables or sidle up to an old wooden bar, where servers pour from a full stock of beer, wine, and spirits.