left bank
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Left Bank

New York

It’s appropriate that this pan-European bistro from the team behind The Mermaid Inn and The Red Cat bears the name of Paris' Left Bank neighborhood: its West Village locale has the same once-bohemian, now-upscale air as the artsy, gallery-laden streets near the Seine. This isn't strict brasserie food though -- Italian and French flavors mingle in dishes like bacon-tossed scallops, Bolognese tagliatelle, and a burger with fontina cheese and caramelized onions. The calm neighborhood atmosphere and a rotating collection of modern artworks (curated by a friend of the owners) beg you to linger as you slowly sip your wine.