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Plein Sud

Map & Directions 85 W. Broadway
New York, NY 10007
  • French
  • Daily 7am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

The name means "Facing South," and refers to the food of Provence, though the restaurant offers harebrained versions of dishes from all over France. A case in point is beef bourguignon, transfigured into a portion-controlled puck of meat, with a flavor that recalls barbecue sauce laced with liquid smoke. The fabled tart pissaladiere turns out to be a flatbread so dry, you"ll need every ounce of olive oil on the table to help it down your throat. Outfitted with comfortable circular banquettes, the dining room is especially pleasant at sunset. Chef Ed Cotton was a contestant on the seventh season of Top Chef, and if you disliked him on the show, Plein Sud just might be a pleasurable place to watch him blow a whole menu of Quickfires. For the rest of us, it"s a must to avoid.

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Tips from foursquare

  • The menu focuses on French brasserie standards — charcuterie, croque monsieur and a steak au poivre with frites, for example — but also includes a few southern French dishes.

  • Thrillist on 05/04/10

    This French brasserie is the place to go to for creamy duck liver mousse, wild board saucission sec, and crispy frog legs - served with five versions of oven baked flatbread.

  • The New York Times on 08/24/10

    There’s a full bar and you ought to use it. Have the pasta with merguez, charge it to your room, then head out into the New York night.

  • While they wait for their liquor license you can enjoy a carafe of wine on the house (in the lobby).

  • Metromix on 05/27/10

    If you're going to feast on classic French, no skipping dessert: a lemon soufflé or milk-chocolate pots du crème is enough to cure any New Yorker's culinary ennui.

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