Ever since we lived in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, my husband and I have been in love with the French corner bistro. Bistro du Coin on Connecticut Ave served up this creamy lemony-aioli with their steak frites, and we spent many Saturday nights in our twenties dipping fries, while concocting big plans for our thirties. Since then, we’ve found a favorite corner bistro everywhere we’ve lived, French Roast on the Upper West Side being the last favorite.
No surprise then that we fell instantly in love with Saint George Bistro in Hastings. Set on a river-view side street, the bistro’s handsome exterior offers a hint at the charming interior, white tablecloths and mahogany bar included. Tables are candle lit. Specials are written in cursive on a chalkboard wall. Art books are stacked on the bar. Glasses of Burgundy and Bordeaux are well curated.
But it’s the food we love most. Just look at that French onion soup. The coq au vin is so tender it falls off the bone, pooling in a gravy of pearl onions and button mushrooms. The steak frites is a large hunk of meat cooked so perfectly that my husband’s eyes glazed over with happiness as he sliced. On many nights, it’s filled with mostly cozy tables of two, making Saint George both a quiet (and sophisticated) spot for a date. We go as often as we can. And locals tell me they do a great Sunday brunch.
Saint George Bistro, 155 Southside Avenue, Hastings; 914-478-1671