Right by the gates of Chinatown you'll find this Gallic cafe that's a dead ringer for the kind that populate those quaint little side streets just off the Rue Rivoli. It is chic in a determined, downscale way with half of the already cramped floor space given over to French newspapers and periodicals. The centrally located counter jockeys for position with the closely packed tables and chairs. Huge windows alleviate the claustrophobia and the wait staff, conducting serious conversations in rapid-fire French, take you to a different hemisphere. The food can, too. It is upscale cafe fare, heavy on sandwiches, soups (gratinee, but of course) and salads. The desserts change daily and are never less than scrumptious. The crowd is mostly young, sometimes European, and always the height of hip.
- Open Hours: Monday to Thursday from 07:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Monday to Thursday from 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM, Monday to Thursday from 05:30 PM to 09:30 PM, Friday from 07:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Friday from 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM, Friday from 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM
- Accept Credit Card: visa, mastercard, amex, discover, diners
- Nearest Train: Market Street and Kearny Street