I feel like an ignorant schmuck, but I had 2 friends visiting for a few days & they wanted to make me dinner, last night. They needed beef, so I sent them to the nearest butcher (French Butcher on 2nd Ave & 22nd). He gave them meat, then directed them to Les Halles to buy frisee, salad dressing, cheese, baguette, and other small ingredients.
The dressing was amazing - some kind of vinegar & peanut or sesame oil blend with shallots & garlic - and the baguette was possibly the freshest sold in the city. The cheese was also ridiculously good & well-priced.
How can I have lived in the neighborhood for 8 years & not known about this?!