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81 Good

Marie-Aude Rose’s stylish little downtown dine-and-shop operation has a little something for everyone.

53 Howard St., New York, NY, 10013

212-852-9097

https://www.lamerceriecafe.com/

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Like all great Parisian cafés, Marie-Aude Rose’s stylish little downtown dine-and-shop operation (it’s located in the front of a Soho boutique) has a little something for everyone — including, if you wish, bundles of fresh-cut flowers that you can order when you arrive for your lobster salad or bowl of chestnut velouté, and pick up after you’ve finished eating. Our favorite meal is breakfast, when the kitchen serves bowls of crème anglaise with slices of warm brioche and the sun slants into the room in a particularly Parisian way, but you can get a superior version of boeuf bourguignon starting at lunchtime, along with a fine selection of that durable Breton-style speciality, buckwheat crêpes, which the kitchen folds with creamed chicken, and serves, speckled with sugar and a squeeze of lemon, for dessert.

Adam Platt

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Insider Tips There is no sit-down bar, but the house cocktails we sampled — a Kir royale, an impeccably dry martini with a twist — were first-rate.

Recommended DishesAnything to do with eggs or crêpes; filet with pommes dauphine; boeuf bourguignon or salmon with sauce meurette; crème caramel.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized