I adored the French Bistro L'Entrecote, Inc on 1st avenue, between 57th & 58th. For anyone who hadn't been there it was a charming, very narrow restaurant that was in the neighborhood around 40 years with a small unchanging menu (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...). I loved the owner Jean-Paul and his fellow server who I mistakenly thought for many years was his wife...I think after years of working together they just seemed like a couple.
While I completely understand Jean-Paul's desire to retire and applaud his not transferring the restaurant to someone else to meddle with the food and service, I can not find an adequate substitute. I live in Greenwich Village and still ate there at least twice a month, so am willing to go anywhere in the city. My favorite dish was the L'Entrecote steak with dijon mustard sauce. I know Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote has opened in NY and I have not been yet. Ideally I am seeking comparable food and atmosphere to Jean-Paul's L'Entrecote. If anyone else is just missing the restaurant as much as me, would love to hear your reminiscing as well!