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1 at 86th St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Private Dining/Party Space
- Full Bar
This venue is closed.
The Michelin road maps stretching across the walls nod to this French bistro’s namesake. Les Routiers was originally a French association (now fanned out across Europe) of restaurants and hotels aimed at people on the road—anyone from truck drivers to vacationing families. Here on the Upper West Side, many of the customers look like their idea of a road trip would be a yellow cab ride south of 42nd Street. The menu plays it safe with choices such as French onion soup and steak au poivre. Unfortunately, some of the dishes you might look to for comfort food are instead discomfiting. The mussels are gritty, a reduction sauce overpowers the rack of lamb, and pallid cubes of unripe tomato are sprinkled on entrees like bloated confetti. But happily, there’s a strong wine list with a handful of wines by the glass for under $10. Members of the Routiers network are supposed to emphasize good, fresh food; a distinctive, welcoming character; and fair prices. This claimant comes up short of the mark.Recommended Dishes
Goat cheese tart, $9; striped bass with mashed potatoes and leeks, $22
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