PLAN DATE: SAT / OCT. 6
First, let’s get you two fed. Raoul’s is a throwback to classic French bistros, with sophisticated vibes and an evident love for all things art (the walls are covered in paintings, in case you needed physical proof). It’s a cozy, intimate setting that executes French cuisine with total precision, from their La Belle Farms foie gras to their chilled vichyssoise. Raoul’s is also a New York City staple, having been around since the ‘70s.
Next, keep the French theme going strong at Vin Et Fleurs. Walking a fine line between quirky and elegant (see: a marble-and-steel bar, Edison pendant lights strung from the ceiling, a beautifully bizarre wooden sculpture, etc.), this hipster-chic bar & bistro could easily survive as a flower shop if it wanted to (not just because its head chef and owner used to be in the flower trade, but because the entire space is flooded with proof of his impeccable green thumb). And, as far as drinks go, you come here for the wine list—which is itself a love letter to France.
180 Prince St #2924, Manhattan
idk tip: Order the CasaLuker chocolate-covered profiteroles for dessert, then thank the heavens they exist.
Vin et Fleurs
69 Thompson St, Manhattan
idk tip: There’s no shame in doubling down on dessert, and we recommend you share the black and white mousse.