• Raoul's

  • French $23-$49
  • 180 Prince St.
    New York, NY 10012
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone: 212-966-3518
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This Soho bistro was a pioneer when it opened in the mid-seventies, a time when area artists were still starving and a smoking ban was a mere glint in Mayor Bloomberg's eye. Still run by the Alsatian Raoul brothers and their families, the well-kept bohemian atmosphere remains, even with a better-fed, tobacco-free clientele. An eclectic bunch of wine-weathered locals, stylish European tourists and young, model types make up the late-night bar crowd, while the three dining rooms suit all moods, from the bright, covered garden behind the kitchen, to the clandestine loft where a fortune teller holds court, to the buzzy main dining room. Decorated with nudes, jazz portraits, and tin ceiling and walls, this is where Europeans, kitten-like models, and longtime locals linger over thick steak au poivre with crispy frites, and fleshy steamed artichokes with thick dipping vinaigrette. They order these classics seemingly for old-times sake, but the insiders know it's because the kitchen is less successful when it experiments, like with a bland tuna tartare, avocado, and plum mixture. No matter what's on the table, however, it's the unwavering laid-back, Left Bank attitude that will always be the draw.
http://raouls.com
  • Hours

    Sun-Thu, 5:30pm-midnight Fri-Sat, 5:30pm-1am

  • Prices

    $23-$49

  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Bar Scene Dine at the Bar Fireplace Good for Groups Outdoor Dining Private Dining/Party Space Celeb-Spotting Online Reservation Classic NY Late-Night Dining

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Recommended

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