French Roast

French Roast

(Now Closed)
French Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Café$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
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  • The experts at Village Voice and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
    • Village Voice
    • The Corcoran Group
  • Gothamist
    "classics like Croque Monsieurs and Croque Madames."(13 Tips)
    Christopher L.
    "They always make an excellent cafe au lait at French Roast."(3 Tips)
    Marco V.
    "Try the Hazelnut latte - Holy smokes!"(2 Tips)
    Will B.
    "Get the French toast!"(8 Tips)
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  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    The best dishes come in sandwich form; the $16 signature burger is stocked with french onion soup, gruyere and an egg on top of the brioche bun, and classics like Croque Monsieurs and Croque Madames. Read more
  • Alex K.
    Alex KeslingApril 26, 2015
    Go for brunch and get the Shakshuka. Not mind-blowing, but solid with a dash of salt. Half way through, order a side of fries... and dump them in your leftover harissa red sauce at the end. Delicious.
  • Sameepa S.
    Sameepa ShettyJanuary 6, 2015
    Open 24hrs. Great place to get post drinks dinner. The Mediterranean platter is great. Carrots to die for. Chicken paillard ($6) w spinach ($6) make great sides. Crowd can be "eclectic" post 3am
  • Bradley B.
    Bradley BeahenDecember 19, 2014
    I had the Croque Monsieur here and devoured it in minutes! The food was incredible, and the service was lovely as well! I will be back to this little gem again, and again...... :)
  • James M.
    James MielkeDecember 29, 2013
    The food here is great and it's a better French café than most of the cafés I've been to in all my travels to Paris.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronDecember 16, 2011
    It famous for coffe but had great food and great assortment of beer and nice humble comfy spot to eat that easily missable but thanks i didn't staff was friendly and knowledgable
  • Toto R.
    Toto RigoloOctober 1, 2014
    Mussels are great - with ommegang beer. The steak and fries with bearnaise sauce is unbeatable. Try the lamb burger as well. My favorite neighborhood place!
  • Nikki V.
    Nikki VargasDecember 27, 2011
    Affordable, French food that doesn't skip on quality for the sake of price. Go for the crispy duck confit with the fig compote and balsamic reduction; it is delicious!
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    In 18th-century a popular tavern known as The Old Grapevine (named for the grapevine on its walls) resided here. People came to gossip and say “I heard it through the Grapevine” Full history via<LINK> Read more
  • Justin P.
    Justin PoleraFebruary 1, 2012
    Try the coq au vin - Easily my favorite dish right now, I'm doing a tour of traditional French Coq Au Vin in New York, French Roast beats Pastis
  • Chris C.
    Chris CaloAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Good spot to get some work done. In the back room, the back-right seat has a plug. I'm told there's another seat at the bar with power. Free WiFi.
  • Fleur J.
    Fleur JulieAugust 7, 2013
    Great atmosphere and an amazing Foursquare special (check in with friend and receive a dessert) I would recommend the warm apple almond tart with vanilla ice cream.
  • Lynae S.
    Lynae SkookumchuckJune 19, 2013
    Ridiculously amazing spot for 24hr goodness, including mind blowing French Toast at 4am paired with ice wine & bacon. Yup. Only in New York.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    7 out of 10 times I will end up having the Gratinee L'oignon Soup and the Croque Madame! It's delicious. You are welcome.
  • Katherine D.
    Katherine DAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my all-time favorite places to chow down any time- day or night. Personally, I always go for the duck if it's available!
  • Pablo A.
    Pablo ArusOctober 29, 2012
    tasty sandwiches and great fries. i totally recommend to get a side of fries. service is well above nyc average!
  • Jazmyn T.
    Jazmyn TubervilleJanuary 12, 2014
    Good wine and good food. Solid dinner spot in the village. The Croque Madame brought me back to Paris. :)
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUOctober 2, 2015
    Curb your fancy for some French grub at this cute little cafe. Try the burger, its amaze.
  • Cauê
    CauêFebruary 8, 2014
    Great service and great eggs benedict. I loved it. Perfect poached eggs and hollandaise sauce
  • Chris C.
    Chris CaloJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    For something light and healthy, go for the arugula salad. Lemon, olive oil, and grana pedano.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalApril 28, 2015
    Great place to sit outside. Wonderful specialty coffees.
  • Jesse V.
    Jesse Van Der MeijFebruary 2, 2015
    The food was amazing (try the duck) but the staff wasn't that friendly and make sure your not sitting in the corner below the heater..
  • Doris N.
    Doris NeubauerApril 29, 2012
    Great for brunch. There is wifi but if you're having breakfast alone, bring the paper and ditch the laptop.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloJune 24, 2015
    A serviceable breakfast place where a back room sits large groups. Pretty standard and quite reliable when you're with the family.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 19, 2012
    French Roast's French Onion Soup voted #2 on The Village Voice's 10 Best Late Night Eats in New York City: http://bit.ly/y8CSci
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LarinoJanuary 16, 2011
    French toast was rough, only for real mountain men. Port wine selection fantastic along with frozen wine color of citrine Deliiiiiicious!
  • Thaluana M.
    Thaluana MuscatJanuary 22, 2016
    They have the best capuccino ever! Loved this place the food, service, everything S2
  • Thomas G.
    Thomas GreenOctober 14, 2013
    Great little French Bistro. Omelets, escargot, Croque Madame, etc
  • Almira V.
    Almira ValdezNovember 17, 2012
    Try the French Toast w/ Fresh Strawberries - Can't get bored on my usual French toast:) delish.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CApril 24, 2014
    Great wine. Try the mussels and pomme frites! Can't go wrong!
  • Guy B.
    Guy BoazyMarch 26, 2013
    Nice place, decor is a mix of French style, but mostly american. too noisy. food is good (French toast - 10)
  • Banue
    BanueSeptember 10, 2013
    A bit disappointed they don't have the banana Nutella on croissant at this location...definitely making a trip to UWS French Roast soon.
  • Julian W.
    Julian WanAugust 28, 2014
    There is a second restroom in the upper back room seating section! WIFI password is frenchroast
  • French Roast
    French RoastJuly 27, 2013
    Best espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, and latte in the West Village.
  • Carib R.
    Carib Rivera-GuerraApril 8, 2012
    There's a secret curtained bathroom in the upstairs back area. Excellent for pooping.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If French Roast starts to feel like a cutesy French-themed cafe, recall it as Jack Nicholson's hangout in "As Good As It Gets." Or rent the DVD.
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler CaineAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great salad nicoise with a decent beer list as well
  • jeff G.
    jeff GalushaMarch 10, 2012
    If you are by yourself, sit at the bar and ask Juan to make you a cappuccino.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMay 28, 2012
    Try the pear and talleggio panini. It comes with huge serving of arugula.
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaJuly 11, 2012
    #TREATYOSELF to... morning lattes and a baguette with jam and butter on your way to the office.
  • julia t.
    julia tNovember 16, 2014
    Very nice to people with a baby. Good omelette and fresh fruit.
  • Nasihah F.
    Nasihah FaruqSeptember 5, 2016
    Tuna salad with anchovies, tomatoes, olives....simply delicioso
  • Meg M.
    Meg McDApril 13, 2013
    Enjoy brunch in the tiny outdoor area. There is some great people watching:)
  • Sergio C.
    Sergio CesarioMay 7, 2011
    Great tasting dishes and nice atmosphere, but waiting service is getting worse everyday. The face of NY?
  • Chris C.
    Chris CaloAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The French 85 cocktail is wonderfully zesty and refreshing.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MillerMay 15, 2011
    Try the Smoked Salmon And Vegetable Hash With Poached Eggs - Super healthy and yummy breakfast!
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PresottiAugust 9, 2014
    I had the burger (I know) and it was great
  • K
    KNovember 27, 2010
    Mmm to the hot chocolate and creme brulee- open 24 hours! dark and romantic vibe.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerMay 12, 2015
    Almost never a line, but always solid brunch/breakfast food here.
  • Claire C.
    Claire CoveneyFebruary 18, 2014
    The bacon-wrapped dates are delightful!
  • Tony S.
    Tony SJune 13, 2011
    Croquet monsieur with cafe latte mixed with great company... Been coming here for years ( thanks Betsy)
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FreitasJuly 27, 2013
    Try the Tartine Banh Mi and Panisse
  • Marc P.
    Marc PhillipsJune 17, 2012
    Good omelette. Good atmosphere.
  • Sam O.
    Sam OriachJuly 22
    They were out of butter, bacon and croissants when I came here for breakfast on a Thursday morning.
  • Michael J.
    Michael JosephMay 23, 2014
    For a late night spot food is great down fall is the service inattentive
  • Richard A.
    Richard AJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is no longer 24/7 and is often closed before 7 a.m.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KingsleyApril 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A croque monsieur has bechamel. Theirs does not. Also, the ham is poor quality & too salty. And, the bread has the texture & extreme heat that microwaves create. No French "resto" should accept this.
  • Maria G.
    Maria GarrigaOctober 16, 2016
    Cafe au lait served in a small urn.
  • The New School
    The New SchoolFebruary 1, 2013
    New School Students: You can now use your newcard to make purchases!
  • Mat L.
    Mat LecuApril 8, 2013
    Good coffee, wifi password is frenchroast.
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluSeptember 20, 2015
    Brunch is not that great, but it's nice that they have outdoor seating.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 28, 2012
    We love the old-world bistro ambiance and that it’s open 24-hours a day – you can get your Iced Cappuccino fix anytime you want.
  • James M.
    James MielkeDecember 29, 2013
    The croque monsieur is THE best.
  • Flaco h.
    Flaco hSeptember 22, 2013
    Good happy hour. All day on mondays
  • Eric J.
    Eric JohnsonMay 27, 2012
    Never come here before 12 o'clock... They will only serve you the breakfast menu and half of it isn't even available. They had no baked goods... Service is spotty as well.
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RuedaNovember 3, 2014
    very small starters, specially those beets, really overpriced. Good ambiance though
  • Gal nyc
    Gal nycSeptember 20, 2011
    Great place for brunch and a late night date =)
  • Berrak K.
    Berrak KorukcuApril 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Jazz music for the breakfast 😍
  • Patricia R.
    Patricia ReiderFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Another fabilous Valentine's Day romantic dinner. :) x
  • Jin K.
    Jin KFebruary 6, 2013
    Banana cream tart is tasty
  • Chris G.
    Chris GellesFebruary 9, 2014
    For a place with 'French' in the name, these guys make a pitiful rillette. Avoid it.
  • Tamara W.
    Tamara WalkerMay 30, 2010
    Had the best poached eggs with Salmon and veggie hash.
  • Marco V.
    Marco VGLDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Hazelnut latte - Holy smokes!
  • Flor F.
    Flor FlorioJuly 23, 2013
    Try the croque monsieur
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.April 14, 2013
    Great Coffee
  • Clarice M.
    Clarice MeadowsJune 20, 2015
    Croque madame all the way!
  • Franklin P.
    Franklin PerezApril 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome Croque Madame/Monsieur
  • Jazmin B.
    Jazmin BobbyMay 4, 2012
    Try the Hazelnut latte - :)
  • Alan M.
    Alan MooimanNovember 3, 2013
    Expensive for what it is, not bad but not that great. There are certainly better places in the neighborhood.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojJanuary 4, 2015
    Skirt steak and escargot!
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LangeMay 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can always meet very interesting people at the bar.
  • 🚲 Ali
    🚲 AliAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite place to grab a delicious late dinner!
  • Ismet S.
    Ismet SazJune 20, 2016
    Asparagus and goat cheese omelet
  • Jim J.
    Jim JoyceMay 14, 2012
    Belgian beer and shrimp salad
  • Madeline A.
    Madeline Austin-KulatOctober 22, 2015
    A stalwart standby when you need 24 hours of French-ish food.
  • Joy M.
    Joy MielkeJanuary 12, 2014
    Diaper changing table in upstairs bathroom. (^_^)v
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyOctober 9, 2010
    I would avoid the prime rib. It was cold, all fat, and tasteless. Perhaps the worst piece of meat I have ever had. I actually left it behind and my server didn't even ask why. Must happen a lot.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AlmassySeptember 7, 2011
    French toast with bacon. Nice!
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RichardsSeptember 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Eggs Benedict everytime. Perfectly poached
  • Chris C.
    Chris CraigJanuary 25, 2013
    Wifi password: frenchroast
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LangeMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They always make an excellent cafe au lait at French Roast.
  • Charles V.
    Charles VasquezMay 2, 2014
    Order the Weihenstephaner.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin M.February 25, 2012
    The back round table is gangsta. No joke.
  • Will B.
    Will BanksDecember 24, 2012
    Get the French toast!
  • Marco V.
    Marco VGLNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Cafe Mocha - Omg, we meet again...
  • Mark
    MarkSeptember 26, 2011
    Duck confit was delish!
  • katie j.
    katie jancaJanuary 1, 2012
    Try the butter here.
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly Reeves 🐱March 29, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch at French Roast. Order the Croque Poulet (grilled chicken, avocado, gruyére). It is magical.
  • Marc B.
    Marc BuonMay 21, 2011
    Service a bit slow during weekends... The croque poulet is was dry and avo was not ripped enough...
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Wine EnthusiastJune 25, 2010
    Wine Enthusiast Restaurant Award Winner, 2007-2009! Read more
  • Pavel Z.
    Pavel ZubarevJune 13, 2014
    Вкуснейший кордон-блю с курицей, ветчиной и кукурузной полентой! Приятные официанты, хорошие столики около окна. Порции - большие. Как ни странно, пиво - вкусное... :-)
  • Cheapeats I.
    Cheapeats IncSeptember 24, 2011
    A fave for lunch & brunch. Cafe Au Lait si vous plait.
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