Used to go to La Petite Auberge fairly regularly, years ago. Got caught up in trying out all the newer places, and sort of forgot about it. Finally got back there tonight, mainly based on RGR's recs on this board. I guess I had forgotten how good it was, and as it turns out, still is. There are extremely few classic French bistros left in Manhattan, and LPA is about as classic as it gets. No innovation, but everything done exactly as it should be. We started with coquilles st. jacques and shrimp provencale, a nice salad (included) then dover sole and sweetbreads in port wine sauce, and for dessert the grand marnier soufflee for two. The sole was almost $40, by far the highest price on the menu, but worth it, and everything else priced extremely low. Total with a bottle of Moulin-a-Vent, tax and tip was under $170.
That's for 4 courses. The service was attentive and warm, and the atmosphere is cozy, with dark wood panelling and copper pots on the walls. We will definitely be going back now that we have "rediscovered" this "hidden gem".