Le Sans Souci makes me reconsider my plans of settling in Manhattan. I have yet to find a French bistro as quietly charming as this gem of a place. The interior is softly lit, which provides the perfect ambiance for warm conversations between old friends. I've been looking for a French bistro that is not filled with obnoxious noise and I think the fact that Le Sans Souci has no bar,makes it a place where people go for wonderful food rather than meeting a love interest.
I was there with 4 other friends and we all ordered the $25 prix fixe dinner, which included an appetizer, an entree, and dessert. Where else can you find a French dinner for the price of a brunch? We all had the fried calamari, light and crispy breading covering tender strips of calamari, with a tomato based dipping sauce. Lovely. I had the shrimps with orzo in a lobster cream sauce for my entree. The sauce seemed infused with lobster flavor and fragrance. The shrimps were succulent and the orzo fluffy. Finally, I had the last Tarte Tatin they had in the kitchen. My friends had the chocolate cake, poached pear, and creme caramel. All were very delicious, but especially the rich and moist chocolate cake. This was a truly French dining experience, where no one was rushed, the mood languid, and the meal lasted forever. They have a very savory rosemary and olive baguette to whet your appetite. Reservations are recommended.