Located within the Dewitt Place Apartment complex, Le Petit Paris is a discreetly placed magnet for French foodies. The small space offers up tables that have been set with obvious love: Look for pretty, gold and white china plates, white linen tablecloths and cute seasonal decorations (at Christmastime, candy canes and shiny tree ornaments festoon the tables.) A colorful mural depicting city scenery explodes against the back wall; see if you can locate the Eiffel Tower within the bright cacophony.
The tres francais menu begins with les hors d'oeuvres. Choose from Francophile favorites like escargot ($9), tarte a l'oignon (onion tart, for those of you who missed out on high school French; $7) and, yes, frog legs sauteed in garlic butter ($9).
The next section proffers equally traditional soupes et salads. When you've finished slurping your onion gratinee, choose from entrees that include fancily sauced pieces of chicken, fish, filet or pork, most hovering around the $20 mark. Rumor has it that you can't go wrong with the filet au poivre, but if you're not the carnivore kind, a deceptively titled lite menu offers such vegetarian selections as cheese ravioli with mushroom cream sauce. Finally, the not-to-be-missed wine menu is loaded with representatives from the red, white and sparkling teams. Sunday mornings feature the $22 brunch starting at 10:30 a.m.; stop by to get your weekly fill of mimosa, croissants and pastry. Le Petit Paris is just a stone’s throw from the Drury Lane Theatre, so if you're catching some stage action make sure to ask the restaurant folks about its special deals on theater parking.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg