• Le Veau d'Or

  • French $24-$45
  • 129 E. 60th St.
    New York, NY 10065
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone: 212-838-8133
The winds of change seem to whistle right by this place, leaving it utterly unruffled. The restaurant was a star in the late 1960s, the Craig Claiborne era; now its patrons, most closer to Social Security than not, value it for its timelessness. On the walls hang black-and-white photos of the old Les Halles market in Paris and a painting of a calf carefully tucked into bed. There’s an abiding simplicity to the cooking, with evergreen dishes like coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon (beef stew). The namesake veal is one of the best entrees, served as a lemony Escalope de Veau (scallopini). Accompanying vegetables, like boiled potatoes and carrots, are severe. Not everything succeeds—the asparagus soup tastes far more like cream than asparagus—but the seasoned service and unhurried pace shouldn’t be undervalued. In a telltale moment during a recent visit, the usual Edith Piaf background music switched to the contemporary crooning of Carla Bruni. One party quickly asked that it be changed back to the Little Sparrow.
  • Hours

    Mon, 5:30pm-10pm Tue-Sat, noon-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm Sun, closed

  • Prices

    $24-$45

  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Classic NY

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Accepted/Not Necessary

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