Cherche Midi

Cherche Midi is Keith McNally doing what Keith McNally does best: a downtown New York take on the classic French bistro, in yet another space that feels like it had been there for thirty years from the very day it opened its doors. On the menu are Gallic favorites like frogs’ legs, New York favorites like a prime-rib burger that’s received a decent buzz, and some dishes that are simply crowd-pleasers. When we visited the restaurant, a man dining solo at the half-moon bar pronounced the lobster ravioli a success. “I’m going to mop up every bit of sauce!” he declared, brandishing a hunk of bread to finish the job. Cocktails, like the pink-tinged Almost Midi (vodka, Aperol, honey, egg white), lean seasonally pleasant and light-bodied.