There are tons of French restaurants on the Upper West Side, but most of them feel like the kind of places you’d go with someone who has a personal shopper at Brooks Brothers. Le Petit Rooster is an Upper West Side French spot that doesn’t feel like those places. You might hear Tame Impala playing during your dinner here and there’s $8 glasses of wine during Happy Hour. You can usually walk right in and get a table so it’s a great place to meet a friend for drinks and a few small plates like grilled oysters, or ratatouille. If you’re hungry enough for a full dinner, share some rotisserie chicken and the mushroom gnocchi. After your meal, be sure to take a moment and appreciate how good it is to be full of French food that cost less than one Airpod.
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