Blue Ribbon Brasserie

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83 Very Good

The late-night bistro that launched a sprawling, multicity chain may no longer be a hot spot, but it’s still extremely satisfying.

97 Sullivan St., New York, NY, 10012


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The lowdown

When Bruce and Eric Bromberg opened Blue Ribbon Brasserie back in 1992 — the first restaurant in what would becoming a sprawling, multicity group — they brought something new to even jaded, seen-it-all New York: A restaurant open until 4 a.m., with excellent service and food cooked by chefs who’d trained in France. If it had anything in common with the typical late-night diner, it was its hodgepodge of a menu, this one simply an assortment of unrelated dishes that the chefs loved to eat. It was an instant hit, and even if — two-and-a-half decades later — it’s not the hot spot it used to be, it still attracts a crowd. Classics like foie gras terrine, the pu pu platter, and a marrow bone with toast and oxtail marmalade will never go out of style.

Chris Crowley

What you need to know

Insider Tips The restaurant is famous for its late-night hours, but it also opens at 4 p.m. every day for people who want to get an early start on happy hour.

Recommended DishesSweet and spicy catfish; pu pu platter; foie gras terrine; beef marrow with oxtail marmalade.

DrinksFull Bar