photo credit: Sara Lieberman
Rive Gauche is generally known for being pretty touristy and old-school, but Chez Nous is anything but. The long, narrow space with exposed stone walls, sharp steel counters, and a wooden bar makes for a great place to go on a date, or with a group if you’re traveling with friends. The owners know their stuff and are happy to talk about the French-focused list that includes many by-the-glass options and a deep bottle selection, so prepare to be educated but without any of the usual wine snobbery. If you’re hungry, this is an excellent bar à vins for top-notch cheese or charcuterie, like thinly-shaved slices of truffle-inflected gouda, or a plate of creamy goat cheese drizzled in honey.