Oct 26, 2018 | By Joanna McGinn
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Sister spot to the perennially packed Frenchie restaurant located directly across the street, Frenchie Bar à Vins is a tiny new wine bar that takes no reservations, isn’t open on Saturdays or Sundays and is totally out of this world.
When chef/owner Gregory Marchand opened Frenchie on the rue du Nil back in 2009, it was an instant hit, delighting diners with market-fresh, produce-driven modern French fare. Since then, securing a reservation has become an almost mythical process, nearly impossible with the throngs of tourists and locals all telephoning the restaurant between 3-5 pm on weekdays trying to secure a table. If that’s not your scene, try your luck at Frenchie Bar à Vins, where many of the same menu items are available (including their famous smoked trout), in addition to a wide selection of charcuterie and small plates designed for sharing tapas style.
The wine list at Frenchie Bar à Vins is an exciting one, full of unique varietals from all over Europe. It’s the kind of place where a dinner with friends can easily run over four hours, just nibbling, sipping and admiring the charming brick-walled space. Just be sure to arrive early, as tables fill up fast.
6 rue du Nil 75002
Mon–Fri, 7 p.m.–10:30 p.m. No reservations
xx Ashley Churchill
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