Went to La Petite Auberge on lower Lexington Avenue on Saturday.
As someone who loves French food, but is on a tight budget, I haven't had a regular place to go since La Grillade disappeared (they were at roughly 50th Street & 8th Avenue, and they were homey, economical, and fine).
Had seen La Petite Auberge praised on these boards and I was attracted by their reasonably priced prix fixe ($27). The place was half empty at 8:30 p.m., and the diners that were there were quite mature.
The menu was classic old-style French; the execution was mediocre. A mushroom soup special lacked any zip. A pork special in a port wine sauce was gloppy and unappetizing, and neither my wife nor I finished it. (Point: My wife and I had been attracted by this special, but they had run out and only had one order left. So she ordered a filet of sole with a sauce prepared for monkfish, and didn't especially like it).
She did enjoy her desert of home-made ice cream; I thought the chocolate mouse was heavy and far too dense.
Shan't be back.