Belle Reve
305 Church St.
(at Walker)
American (New)
More casual than fancy

Despite the menu’s typewriter font and Hunter S. Thompson quote, Belle Reve calls to mind less the Beat era and more someplace Gus Van Sant might’ve hung out in the 90s—someplace that probably would’ve made more sense in the Tribeca of the 90s. It works, though, in its scruffy way, thanks to a lack of pretentiousness and abundant thrift-store kitsch. The food is satisfying, and you could do worse. Belle Reve is open late, with jazz combos and other entertainment—DJs, dancing, even burlesque—as the night goes on.

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