French cuisine is often associated with expensive restaurants, especially in New York. While some enjoy the pleasures of putting out hundreds of dollars for an amazing meal, most of us have to dine on a budget. No need to fret, there are plenty of French restaurants in New York that offer affordable, delectable food. Don’t worry if you’re not an insider, this is our list of the best tasty and cheap French eats in New York City.
52 Havemeyer St,Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (718) 302-1878
PriceRange: $5 to $15
This French restaurant is Williamsburg’s answer to your crepe dreams. Pates & Traditions is one of Brooklyn’s favorite places when it comes to brunch and dinner. Their small menu has been carefully designed to serve only dishes that are sure to please. The restaurant has a small, intimate and cheerful vibe. Pates & Traditions serves savory and to-die-for sweet crepes for under $10 with other items on the menu available for under $15. This is a certified foodie destination in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
1096 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY (646) 881-5834
PriceRange: $4 to $10
This Broadway gem in Brooklyn makes some of the best croissants, sandwiches, and French pastries. Athom Café’s is also known for great coffee. This French café-restaurant is a favorite in the neighborhood because of its wonderful treats and affordable prices. Fresh and tasty are the two keywords that Athom Café is known for.
188 Orchard St., New York, NY (212) 677-5200
PriceRange: $9 to $23
This French hot spot in the Lower East Side is inspired by a traditional French truck stop, and serves delicious French sandwiches in fresh, crusty baguettes; salads and other food truck staples. It now features a wonderful lunch and dinner menu complete with a wine list.
558 Broome St., New York, NY (212) 226-4399
PriceRange: $9 to $35
This South Village café-restaurant is a favorite hangout place for many foodies in the area. Ivo & Lulu has been serving fun and tasty French-Caribbean treats on Broome St. This café-restaurant offers great deals on the menu and is BYOB (for an even bigger savings). For under $50, you get to enjoy dishes with bold flavors, spice, and a little island accent.
103 Ave B, New York, NY (212) 358-9683
PriceRange: $9 to $20
Casimir in the East Village resembles a French bistro. It offers wonderful French food served for brunch and dinner. Another reason why Casimir is a popular place in Avenue B is because of its 3-course meal for only $19. If you’re not hungry, Casimir is a great place to grab a drink.
42 Grove St., New York, NY (212) 255-3590
PriceRange: $4 to $35
Inexpensive, casual dining has never been better, especially at Buvette. It is a young and hip restaurant in the West Village hailed as a gastroteque. The restaurant’s dishes are simple yet sophisticated.
253 W 11th St., New York, NY (212) 229-2611
PriceRange: $5 to $23
I guess the French do love waking up to a lovely breakfast on the corner because this brunch place is heating up the West Village. Tartine is amongst the trendiest restaurants in the area. It offers a small menu catering to those with a big appetite. Tartine also has a BYOB policy which is a plus for the foodies who love wines.
230 E 51st St., New York, NY (212) 583-0579
PriceRange: $7 to $30
This restaurant in Midtown East is a good place to get breakfast, lunch, and even late night dinner. Le Bateau Ivre is like a haven for wine lovers, featuring a selection of over 250 of the Best French wines available. This French bistro is also very well known for their steaks. .
39-82 61st St., Queens, NY (347) 768-1488
PriceRange: $5 to $9
Fresca La Crepe offers nothing but the best crepes and French desserts in Woodside, Queens. The restaurant has a limited menu of sweet and savory crepes with a few chef’s specials that will blow you away. Don’t forget to hit the gym after.
163 E 33rd St., New York, NY (212) 889-5489
PriceRange: $7 to $24
Murray Hill boasts of a wonderful little restaurant called Le Parisien. The restaurant’s chef, Jonathan Masse, is well known for his mastery of French comfort food. Le Parisien offers traditional and delicious French bistro fare such steaks. It is also a great place to get a bottle of wine. Why do we love them? Their prix fix brunch which is available for $12.95.