Tribeca Citizen Restaurant Guide
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 (Soho), Bar Tabac (Cobble Hill), or Le Singe Vert (Chelsea)—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, and on weekends, brunch is dominated by families there to see the entertaining magician.