Best Bistro Bar (2008)


Smoke your Gitanes while looking bored and breathless at BELMONDO. Simple, open, and airy, this new provincial bistro is just as cool, but not nearly as pretentious, as its über-sexy namesake, French acteur Jean-Paul Belmondo. Go incognito with a Godard ($7)—a passionate mix of Absolut Kurant, Chambord, and pineapple juice. The cocktails taste best at dusk, when the soft glow of flickering fireflies, yellow bug lights, and aquamarine tiling offset the midnight-blue sky on view from the lunch-counter-style bar. Friendly service and reasonably priced café standards make you go ooh-la-la.


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