Good house wines and drinks for $5 and a dozen plump oysters for $1 each – can this truly be a French bistro? Yet Café Deville, with its airy main room and doors opening onto the sidewalk, is a throwback to days gone by. Drop in between 4 and 7 pm for those happy-hour specials and stay through dinner (lovely steak frites, moutard fish, and decadent desserts). The music tends to creep up, so remind the attentive manager to check the volume. There is also a DJ spinning in an intimate clubroom on the lower level, so after-dinner plans may only be steps away.
103 3rd Ave. (between 13th and 14th Sts.)
212-477-4500
www.cafedevillenyc.com