About Le Diplomate
Stephen Starr’s smoky-mirrored Francophile fantasy of a corner brasserie was last year’s buzziest debut. And while it’s easier to nab one of the crimson leather banquettes these days (especially for walk-ins), the kitchen still churns out hits in Taylor Swift-like fashion.
It handles bistro standards—a strapping cassoulet, mussels in an addictively creamy broth—with ease, sprinkling in the occasional elegant surprise, such as a gorgeous salad of plump shrimp with beurre blanc, avocado, and roasted tomato.
Starr’s biggest talent is making sure no part of the experience lags, whether it’s the top-notch desserts, excellent breadbasket, well-made cocktails, or efficient but warm service.
Oh—and the area’s best burger, a riff on a Big Mac that one of our food critics cops to eating once a week. It all adds up to one of our favorite hangouts, as suited for brunch with the kids as it is for an anniversary dinner.
- Seafood plateau
- Onion soup
- Foie gras parfait
- Mushroom tart
- Steak frites
- Duck sarladaise over crisp potatoes (at brunch)
- Crème brûlée
- Milk-chocolate pot de crème