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91 Excellent

An intimate bistro with a daily-changing menu that’s heavily influenced by the south of France and Northern Italy.

18 King St., New York, NY, 10014


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If you want a taste of Mediterranean-­style bistro cooking filtered through the elegant largesse of the London restaurant scene, you could do worse than the fine neighborhood establishment King. Annie Shi manages the front of the house while two veterans of the famous River Café, Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt, produce a daily-changing menu that might include helpings of roast guinea hen flavored with lemon and ricotta; a faithful version of Provençal fish stew made with Long Island clams, tender fluke, and steamed lobster; and simple hanger steak grilled with rosemary.

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Recommended DishesHarry’s bar sandwich (lunch only); chocolate tart.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelHushed