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.