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Sad News - Manon Closing

zEli173 | Apr 24, 2006 04:24 PM

One of the owners told me this weekend that he and his partner have decided to focus their efforts on their projects in Long Island City. This Saturday will be their last day open. I am so sad to see this place go. It is the perfect neighborhood resource, there is always something to suit the mood. They serve excellent renditions of bistro classics. Very good salmon, roast chicken, and steak-frites. They also have great french onion and potato-leek soup, frisee au lardons, and a small plates menu that can round out an entrée or make a light bite on its own. When substantial dining is not in order, the Hamburger Manon is one of the best kept secrets in the City. I think it may be the best burger I've had in NYC; perfectly medium-rare with melted swiss and caramelized onions over the top. And on top of all that, they have a serious cheese selection and a great wine list. It is equally good for an unassuming meal or for a mild indulgence. Best of all though, is that there is never a pretense or a scene at Manon. The owners seemed unconcerned with garnering attention, just focused on serving good food in a chill environment for their French ex-pat friends. In that way, it always struck me as the most genuinely French experience one could find in NYC. The neighborhood has been lucky to have such a great establishment, it's a shame to see it go.

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