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“Transported to France”
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Ranked #369 of 15,868 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Financial District
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Neighbourhood: Financial District
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Keith McNally is the king of the French bistro because of his ability to recreate an authentic feeling and atmosphere. I've been a fan of Balthazar for years simply because it's transportative, like taking a mini-vacation to Paris. Well Augustine is no different, except it has better food than Balthazar. It's an excellent addition to the Financial District.
We ate a late lunch at Augustine on Saturday. It wasn't as crowded as it gets for dinner, but it was definitley full. Do not go without a reservation, even for lunch. Our waiter was charming and recommended wines for us to taste.
The souffle au fromage was exceptional; light and so flavorful! We also had steak frites and the Augustine burger with carmelized onions and gruyere cheese. Both were quite good, especially the pommes frites! The other standout was the strawberry and cream mille-feuille.
Can't wait to go back for dinner. Definitely a must when dining in NYC !
Check out the bar next door at The Beekman Hotel.

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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Your jaw drops as you enter the restaurant Augustine, downtown NYC. The restoration of the space that evokes Paris, inside The Beckman on Nassau Street is simply breathtaking. That alone is worth the visit. Stylish, vintage Parisian charm and totally delightful.
We were 3 and each enjoyed our selections. Our guest was not strict veggie while she ordered an all vegetarian meal. Her main was a large mixed green salad with heirloom tomatoes, watermelon and herbs lightly dressed at the table with a vinaigrette. She had a side of creamed spinach with a bread crumb and cheese top that was sublime that we all helped her to devour. My husband and I shared the roasted marrow bones with a ragout sauce as appetizer that was more than plenty for two. We thought it was very well executed. He had saddle of lamb chop which was flavorful but the meat was not tender. I had grilled salmon with an assortment of roasted vegetables. It tasted as good as it looked.
We had two desserts - roasted oranges which was not my choice but ended up being my favorite and the Baba au Rhum which was heavy and had too much rum for my palate which I would skip.
The restaurant has a wonderful buzz and the clientele was fashionable. Bravo to restauranteur Keith McNally for his vision. And be sure to visit the hotel area via the doorway under the WC sign to complete the architectural tour. The space is memorable.
And no it wasn't cheap but less expensive than a flight to Paris and almost as much fun.

Thank Fernanda K
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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing ambience as you are surrounded by pretty tiles of flowers and mirrors, probably from the 1920s. The room is nicely proportioned. Service is attentive and food delicious. Look next door at the atrium with the skylight in the hotel. Follow the WC sign through a door on the left as you leave.

Thank Simon M
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

On a friend's recommendation we got a booking here on short notice. It looks like an attractive Parisian bistro and has a similar ambiance. It is buzzy, noisy and fun. We had oysters, a beet salad, duck and steak and all were top notch. Pricing was reasonable for New York and service was excellent. The wait lady managed to blend professionalism, informality and friendliness. All up, a very good night and i want to go back.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Augustine was jammed on Saturday night--- celebrities abound. Beautiful Edwardian decor. Service prompt. Food excellent. Steaks, grilled and tartare, cheese soufflés, pomme frites with homemade mayo, creamed spinach, and the burger. All excellent. They had a coconut cake to die for as a special. Not inexpensive. The hotel next door is worth a peak. Its lobby was jammed too. Worth the trip downtown.

Thank AJAX6965
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