Experience the flavors of the Cote d’Azur in the Lower East Side

A flickering lantern beckons you inside Antibes Bistro, and once you are inside, you will be glad you came. The food is delicious and the ambiance is warm and relaxing. Bundles of dried lavender hang from exposed brick walls, and the rustic wooden tables are decorated with little bouquets of dried flowers. Everything from the wooden chandeliers to the slow French music makes you feel like you are in a little resort town in Provence. The service staff is friendly and the food is both excellent and economical.

I’ve been to Antibes Bistro a couple times; once with my mom, and once with a group of friends, so I can say with authority that the food at Antibes is absolutely delicious. My only problem is that it’s hard to decide what to order when everything on the menu sounds so good, but luckily my dinner companions are always willing to share, so I got to try a little of everything. If you aren’t so lucky the servers are quite knowledgeable and always willing to help you make the tough decisions.

After mourning my inability to eat everything on the menu, I ordered the seared tuna steak with saffron parsnip puree, artichoke hearts, and caramelized leek. The tuna definitely hit the spot, and I’m a sucker for parsnip puree so this was basically my ideal meal. Short ribs, however, are another scrumptious option, braised in Guinness and served with potato gratin, spinach, and a saucy braising reduction. It’s the ultimate in modern cuisine; comfort food cooked on a fancy plate that speaks to both your heart and your stomach. If you’re looking for something a bit healthier but just as flavorful, the slow-baked Atlantic salmon is another wonderfully composed dish, with cauliflower puree, ratatouille, phyllo crisp, and harissa emulsion. The taste of the ratatouille and fish really highlight this restaurant’s devotion to the flavors of the Cote d’Azur.

The portions are on the smaller side but, if you see this as a problem, let me remind you that this means you won’t be too full to order dessert! All the dessert options sound delectable, but one that particularly called out to me was the banana bread pudding with vanilla gelato and poached strawberries. Pair this with a frothy cappuccino or a glass of bubbly and you have the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

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Where: 112 Suffolk Street, between Delancey St & Rivington Street, NY, NY (212) 533-6088

What: Seared tuna with saffron parsnip puree, artichoke hearts, and caramelized leek: rustic Provencal fare with a modern refinement.

When: Tuesday and Wednesdays for live jazz, or weekends for brunch.

Why: Your taste buds will thank you, and so will your bank account.

Website: antibesbistro.com