Mon-Fri, noon-3pm and 5pm-10pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm
6 at 96th St.
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A Carnegie Hill mainstay since 1978, this dainty, hole-in-the-wall French spot epitomizes the flavor of its leafy and serene, low-rise/high-end niche of the Upper East Side. Small sconces with cream and red toile lamp shades dot the white-wood paneled walls which are arrayed with a hodgepodge of mirrors, blue and white crockery, prints of flowers, and portraits in profile. White lace half-curtains skirt the windows and two tiny tables face a brocade window seat. Such colonial-style trimmings create an intimate setting for wiling away a few hours while feasting on French fare set off by Asian and Eastern notions. The kitchen injects zest into traditional dishes like duck confit, whose dark meat is accompanied by a fava bean puree plus wild mushrooms. As appealing as any single dish may be, you won't have to choose. Nearly all the mains and salads can be ordered in smaller tasting portions and two make a hearty meal.Private Parties
Table d'Hôte's cozy space can be rented out for private gatherings of up to 26 people.