We stopped in for an early dinner at Deux Amis in the Turtle Bay neighborhood (356 E 51ST ST between 1st & 2nd) over the weekend. This is a small adquate neighborhood French bistro.
From the outside there is a pleasant ambience : alfresco seating, planters full of flowers, and a nice gold and red paint scheme. The servers are pleasant, although not overly attentive. It's ok/average on the service front. The bartender is pretty warm there to their credit.
The food is typical French bistro fare, as rendered by enthusiastic amateur. We had four items (onion tart, beet salad, coq au vin, and steak au poivre) that were all average at best and more what you would expect from making at home than what a restaurant would offer. The beef was tough, the beet salad simplistic and the coq au vin, while tasty was visually unappealing. It's such a pretty restaurant, and so charmingly placed, that I really wish the food had been better.
You can walk over one avenue on the same street and get better examples of the same dishes at Montparnasse for $2-3 more, but they will taste/look much better.
Mildy helpful is that they allow corkage (for $15/per)
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