Frenchette is the rare sort of place that serves good, interesting food and also has a scene that will satisfy anyone who would rather people-watch than talk to the person they’re eating with. It’s a French bistro in Tribeca and it’s kind of like a smaller, more stylish Balthazar, with red leather booths and ceiling fans, and a great little bar area up front that’s slightly more casual.
The menu here is a mix of modern and traditional French, and even if you don’t like escargot, you should try the snails that come in a pool of scrambled eggs that taste like movie-theater popcorn. Although if you want to play it safe, just get the duck frites. It’s excellent. The steak is also very good, and you should be drinking both the wine and the cocktails here. Grab a drink up there after work, or book a table the next time you need to impress someone.