I visited a fun French bistro in SoHo last night: Felix Restaurant & Bar.
You would never have guessed it was a Sunday night - the place was packed, with a crowd of revelers spilling out from the open-air windows onto the surrounding sidewalk. Inside, they were playing high energy salsa & samba-like music and people at the bar - including the hostess - were not shy about moving to the beat. GREAT people watching :)
We had to wait a half hour to be seated in the smallish dining room (an extension of the bar, complete with an overspill of dancing patrons), but then we got a cozy table for 4 right on the edge of the action.
We started with Les Escargots - snails in garlic and parsley butter (magnifique!) and a sweet Pinot Blanc. I followed that up with L’Onglet à l’Echalotte - hangar steak with shallots and potato gratin. Both the starter and the entree were deliciously rich, and the portion sizes were perfect. We topped it off with a crisp creme brulee with strawberries.
Although we had a great time, this place is a bit of a circus - if you're looking for a quiet meal, definitely take your business elsewhere. But if you're not in a hurry and don't mind some antics, it can be a fun experience.