Mon-Thu, noon-3:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri, noon-3:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 10:30am-3:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 10:30am-3:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
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55th St. to 61st St., FDR Dr. to Lexington Ave.
Below the dank shadow of the Queensboro Bridge, this elegant bistro surprises with its buzz of convivial energy, worn-in wood floors, cream-colored walls, and rotating local art, like a sizeable collection of black-and-white photos. Rich starters appeal most; silky and earthy foie gras is sweetened by syrupy peaches; salty, moist grilled white sausage pairs well with a spicy Dijon mustard. Classic mains—steak frites, roast chicken, and lemon sole—fare well, but the pièce de résistance is the popular “Le Burger Joul,” a ten-ounce all-beef patty. Chopped, not ground, sirloin amps up the texture while a sweet and sticky red-onion marmalade mixed with oven-roasted tomatoes adds a depth of flavor. It’s topped off with a melted slice of aged Gruyère, stuffed into a toasted brioche bun, and accompanied by a plate of extra-crispy fries.Recommended Dishes
Le Burger Joul, $18.50; grilled white sausage, $11.50