Cercle Rouge
241 W. Broadway
(bet. Walker and White)
More casual than fancy

If you’ve been to any of Georges Forgeois’s other bistros—Jules (East Village), Café Noir (Tribeca), Le Singe Vert (Chelsea), or Bar Tabac (Cobble Hill)—you have a very good idea of what to expect at Cercle Rouge. The style is textbook French, from the decor to the large menu (featuring steak tartare, housemade pâté, cassoulet, mussels, and so on), but there’s zero hauteur. The outdoor seating is prime turf.

Cercle Rouge