My grandparents and other family had been going to La Petit Auberge for over 25 years. Its where I had some of my early childhood introductions to French cuisine, long before I became a real chowhound.
After a several-year absence, we have returned to find La Petite Auberge still going stong under the same ownership and chef. The food is of excellent quality and high standards, the service is friendly and professional, and the atmosphere is, to me, quiet and relaxing.
Detractors might fault the limited menu and wine list, or find the atmosphere slightly old fashioned, but the regulars are an entirely older generation who enjoy this quiet oasis on Lexington Avenue.
Daily specials compliment menu standbys (and classic dishes) such as Duck A L'Orange, Sole Meuniere (my favorite), Frogs' Legs, Filet Mignon Bernaise and others. An excellent Prix Fixe is, if I remember correctly, around 25 dollars with appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert with coffee, which is a very nice bargain.
All in all, an excellent, enjoyable meal for a romantic occassion or an everyday supper.
116 Lexington Ave. (bet. 27th & 28th Sts.)
Tel: (212) 689-5003