by Julie Besonen, 07/03/2013
Courtesy, Antibes Bistro
112 Suffolk St., 212-533-6088, Lower East Side, Manhattan
The Left Bank comes to the Lower East Side at this amber-lit, under-the-radar bistro. Antibes is named for the resort town in the South of France but that doesn't stop it from looking like an intimate joint in the 6th arrondissement. Located on the seldom-traveled Suffolk Street, home to new and edgy art galleries, it's a quiet spot, secretive enough for those hiding from paparazzi. Tuck into country-style duck pâté, Roquefort and poached pear salad with toasted walnuts, and coriander-crusted salmon with olive tapenade. For brunch there's brioche French toast and mini pancakes with lemon crème fraîche. If you're looking for a quiet place to pop in for a drink before a night on the town, its cozy bar offers happy hour Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 7pm. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when there's live jazz, it is somewhat louder.