New York is known as the city of a thousand cuisines, a culinary landscape unlike any other. You can go from Korean to Italian in a single night, all with a touch of the unmistakable energy of the Big Apple. It can be tough to find somewhere that truly feels authentic, infused not only with a culture’s flavors but also its atmosphere.
There are ways to travel in taste, if not space, for those in the know. When it comes to the real ambiance of French dining, there’s one French restaurant in Manhattan that gets the experience just right. Jaques Brasserie transports you to a Parisian bistro, from the soft lighting to the elegant decor – and, of course, there’s the mouth-watering French menu.
French cuisine is all about taking the finest fresh ingredients and giving them the attention they deserve. At its essence, it highlights seemingly simple ingredients using subtle yet sophisticated techniques to bring out the best of their flavors.
One can hardly talk about iconic French food without mentioning escargot. These tender, bite-sized morsels are the perfect canvas for the traditional garlic, butter, and parsley sauce. For some, the thought of eating snails might seem a little too adventurous, but they are popular among the French for good reason. You may find that sampling them at the best French restaurants in Manhattan will change your mind for good.
Our Soupe à L’Oignon is always a favorite to start your meal, especially as the colder months draw closer. Onion soup may not have originated in France, but it was surely perfected there. Traditionally served with some crusty bread and Gruyère cheese, French onion soup is a wonderful way to start any meal while hearty enough to be a standalone meal for when you’re not so hungry, beautifully highlighting the rich flavor of the caramelized onions. Our variation on this French standard includes three cheeses, melted to au gratin perfection.
Some classic French dishes are a necessity for any newcomer to the cuisine. Take Boeuf Bourguignon, named for the Burgundy red wine originally used to marinate the beef to exquisite softness. The stew includes fresh vegetables to counter the richness of the meat. Served with creamy mashed potatoes, it is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Brasserie for the first time. There’s a reason that many call it the “mother of all stews!”
When you join us for brunch at our French restaurant in Manhattan, you’ll quickly find that French food isn’t only reserved for fancy dinners. In fact, it’s a perfect addition to one of our favorite meals of the day – brunch! Your mind might immediately turn to French toast, but there is so much more to explore. The name “French toast” was actually coined by Americans – in France, this dish is more commonly known as pain perdu. Nevertheless, we recommend our own twist on this brunch classic, served with our mixed berries confit and caramelized apples and drizzled with maple syrup.
Our brunch is served from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekends, so you’ll have ample time to sample some of our most popular dishes. You’ll want to come hungry: our mouth-watering Assiette de Fromages, featuring a curated selection of French cheeses, is just the tip of the iceberg. From our Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame, two elevated French takes on the grilled cheese sandwich, to our slow-cooked Wild Atlantic Salmon, our brunch menu is packed with French elegance and flavor.
Apart from the quality of our food, what sets us apart from other French restaurants in Manhattan, New York, is the quality of the experience we provide. For our staff, exceptional service is the standard; it’s our pleasure to make you welcome at our tables. Should you have any special dietary requests, don’t hesitate to let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
From the moment you step into the restaurant, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a perfect day in Paris. Whether you’re celebrating something special or just enjoying a meal with family and friends, we’ll go the extra mile to ensure your meal is memorable for all the right reasons. Browse our full menus on our website and make a reservation for your next visit.