F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.; N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.; 4, 5, 6 at 59th St.
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Though the second coming of this bistro hotspot boasts 110 seats instead of the former 35, the mood is still that of a chic and intimate dinner party. The lighting is just dark enough, and candles on white-paper-covered tables illuminate the plush banquettes and post-modern art that adorns the walls. As for the restaurant's classic French bistro fare, old standards await (foie gras and moules frites, both well prepared), but the greatest delights of the menu come in some of the more unexpected creations. A crab-and-avocado dish is decked with bell peppers, adding a nice spice and crunch to contrast the creaminess of the avocado. And the signature poulet Cajun? Buttery, flavorful, tender—it lives up to the reputation. The air of traditional French sophistication is present in full force, and it makes for an elegant and memorable dining experience. That said, a word to the wise—if the thought of a menu printed entirely in French, or even just the thought of a long wait on the weekend, seems daunting rather than exciting, this might not be your spot.
Le Bilboquet is named for that old-fashioned French game where you try to flip a ball on a string into a cup on the same stick.Recommended Dishes
Crabe et avocat, $23; poulet Cajun, $29