A regions cuisine often mirrors its people, from the seductive allure of French chocolate to the vitamin Ddeficient pallor of white russians. Nibble a bit of francophone flavor with todays Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of French bistro fare at Lina Frey on the Lower East Side.
Drawing from the original Alsatian recipes of his grandmother Lina, to whom he dedicated the restaurant, co-owner Patrice Bihina crafts an authentic a la carte selection of delectable French-bistro fare. The menu features a simple salad of beet and goat cheese ($8), a silky cream-of-zucchini soup ($7), and tangy brussels sprouts glazed in a balsamic reduction so delicious it will make finicky eaters forget they hate the color green ($7). Savor the raw appetite-crushing power of steak tartare with peppercorns, lemon, and truffle oil ($10), or live the life aquatic with sauteed salmon encased in a mustard and hazelnut crust ($12). Dishes are served tapas-style, allowing diners to create their own mix-and-match meals to share or to rabidly consume while their date takes a phone call. Lina Freys weekend brunch hushes in-between meal cravings, where patrons partake in the bistros celebrated crepes. Delight in a delicate savory crepe with mushrooms and emmental cheese ($12) or satisfy sweet teeth with a Nutella-filled morsel ($7).
Lina Freys dining room is decorated in a stylish melange of industrial, vintage, and Rococo-inspired pieces that the owners procured from local flea markets and metal shops. During the day, a retractable skylight fills the space with a symphony of sunlight, boosting diners moods and charging the crepe-making robots solar cells.
CBS New York aired a segment on Lina Frey. The New Yorker, New York magazine, Zagat, and Thrillist reviewed the crepe-centered restaurant. Forty-one Yelpers give it an average of four stars, and OpenTable reviewers give it a 3.7-star average.
-   - Thank goodness for unassuming little spots like Lina Frey, where you can always snag a tableand a decent hamburger. Lila Byock, New Yorker
-   - A tranquil Lower East Side respite, this airy bistro boasts an outdoor garden with flower-filled watering cans, slatted benches and a retractable roof. Zagat
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