Opened in the mid-seventies, Raoul’s is a Soho standard with an air of Europe, the way Soho used to be, before it became a haven of yuppies, communal tables, and high-fashion boutiques. While we try to hit the latest and greatest in New York hotspots whenever we’re in town, it’s hard to resist the consistent perfection of Raoul’s Steak au poivre with crispy frites, al dente haricot verts and the charming French décor: pressed tin ceiling, bistro tables, and Degas-style nudes. It might be old, but it still feels rightly hip to us, even if you can get away with a reservation on Open Table.
180 Prince St. (Cross street: Sullivan)
New York, NY 10012