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As soon as you step through the front door, you do feel transported to an authentic Paris bistro. To the left is a classic men’s bar with black-and-white-striped wallpaper and a tiled ceiling with putti dreamily floating over the leather upholstered stools, a few tables and a brass rack from which the daily newspapers hang. Directly ahead, the dining room, which can seat 120, is lined in blond wood paneling with mirror insets. The chandelier and Art Nouveau sconces remain from La Côte Basque, the fabled café society haunt that used to occupy these rooms, as does the giant ceramic Art Nouveau bird sculpture. (To find the seascapes of La Côte Basque, you have to be invited to the private dining rooms upstairs.) The charming portraits of well-dressed flaneurs that parade around the room’s perimeter above the mirrors were kept from Le Choux, the restaurant after La Côte Basque. Red leather banquettes, white mosaic tiled floors, zinc tables and...
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