Best Value: Step off of iconic Broad Street and into the small yet charming interior of Gaulart & Maliclet's Fast & French, a traditional bistro living up to its quirky name. Come to Fast & French for your Battery Park picnic supplies of French cheeses, meats and breads, or stay awhile, enjoying the always lively company in the cozy interior of this Broad Street bistro. Start your day off with a cup of coffee and croissant for just $4.25, or come at lunchtime for a sandwich or salad with a glass of house wine for under $10. For a sampling of Fast & French offerings, try the combination of French cheeses and paté for $12.75, or the Fondu Du Jour for $16. Dinner entrees are thoughtfully prepared and presented in a casual yet undeniably beautiful French style; each is served with soup or salad, rice or couscous, and bread. Thursday night is fondue night, with a choice of beef, seafood, Swiss and Blue Cheese.
Lunch: A fireplace and long communal tables flank this charming and authentic Broad Street eatery, housed in a 300 year old building where diners can quickly munch on casual bites or linger in the relaxed French style of enjoying one's midday meal. Come to the 30-year old Fast & French restaurant at lunchtime for specials like a sandwich or salad with a glass of house wine for under $10, combinations of french cheeses and pate for just $12.75 or Croq 'Monsieur for $5 or less. Fast & French offers a wide assortment of beverages, including teas, coffee, house French wines and local beers to pair with your lunch selection. The Fast & French lunch menu is available from 11am onwards until close, and the restaurant is a pleasant choice for any meal. This small French bistro even offers a "Something Very French" section on their menu, available any time of day.
Breakfast: After a morning stroll of the Battery and picturesque Broad Street, start your day off with a little French flair. At Fast & French, a cup of coffee and apple, chocolate or cinnamon filled croissant, and a cup of coffee and croissant for just $4.25.
Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:
Best Value: "Fast & French always provides a great value, whether for picnic supplies or a quiet meal in their cozy interior."
Lunch: "This small bistro has a lot of heart, an authentic menu and the ideal setting for a lingering lunch."
Recommended as Best Value Because: Fast & French is passionate about providing an authentic French experience; naturally, they serve excellent French cheeses and wines in an affordable yet sophisticated manner.
Best for Lunch Because: Fast & French is an all-seasons lunch favorite: grab soups on a chilly day, or take your cheese and break to-go for a summertime picnic.
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