Classical music plays softly in the cushy bar upstairs from the dining room, making it a great spot for quiet conversation. Like everything else here, the cocktails are top-notch—from a cosmopolitan ($15) with a side dish of syrupy raspberries you can spoon into the drink to a gin and tonic ($16) with house-made tonic water. Or enjoy a bottle from the restaurant’s renowned wine list. The lounge menu—starters, burgers, entrées, and desserts—offers a chance to sample chef Michel Richard’s cooking without committing to the full Citronelle experience (and expense).

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