The humble bistro serves classic French fare with a relaxed attitude, unlike the brasserie, which serves haute cuisine with a slap. Dine in bistro style with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of food and drinks at Tree Restaurant in the East Village.
Tree Restaurant's menu delves into the pristine pastures of the French countryside to dish out classic bistro gems. Caramelized spanish onions, veal, red-wine stock, emmentaler cheese, and croutons conspire to concoct Tree Restaurant's expertly crafted french onion soup ($9). For heartier eating, try the specialties such as duck cassoulet, a pan-roasted breast and duck leg confit served on a delectable stew of garlic sausage, lardons, white beans, and white-wine tomato sauce ($23). Main entrees heed the French's distinguished palette for mightily meaty courses; however, Tree Restaurant's veggie-nurturing staff will cheerfully convert dishes to vegan repasts upon request.
New York magazine profiled Tree Restaurant. More than 130 OpenTable reviewers give Tree Restaurant an average of 3.6 stars while Citysearchers and more than 100 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.
- “It’s a real find,” our producer friend Dasha promises, inviting us to discover the no-airs bistro Tree in the East Village. And midway into a first-rate crock of onion soup and classically French lardon-studded frisée under a steaming poached egg, I have to agree. – Gael Greene, New York magazine
- At first I thought to myself: French cuisine = small portion. When our entrees arrived, they were actually huge! – Athena C., Yelp
On Tree Restaurant's canopied all-weather patio, happy chatter over American bistro fare rustles the blossoms dripping from trellises. Shareable dishes, including homemade charcuterie platters adorned with duck prosciutto and beef carpaccio or fromage boards with a rotating selection of fine cheeses, scoot back and forth across tables, busying hands like a finger-puppet production of Anna Karenina. Red brick walls freckled with hand-painted floral accents and high-contrast photographic prints draw eyes away from adventurous plates of crisp pork belly.