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Discover the romance of French cuisine in Queens this Valentine’s Day

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Feb. 2, 2024 By Tammy Scileppi

While French may be the universal language of love, Queens is proving that its French cuisine is a hidden gem awaiting discovery.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a selection of romantic and highly praised eateries across the borough are opening their doors to couples seeking a blend of culinary delight and amour. Early reservations are recommended to secure a spot at these cupid-approved venues, promising an unforgettable dining experience, complete with wine, oysters, chocolate and strawberries to set the mood.

Domaine Bar a Vins: A Cozy Wine Bar Haven in Long Island City

Nestled at 50-04 Vernon Blvd., Domaine Bar a Vins offers a tranquil escape for lovebirds. Located conveniently by the Flushing-bound 7 train’s entrance, this intimate wine bar is a mere subway ride from Manhattan. Patrons can indulge in exquisite wines, oysters, cheese plates and the enchanting sounds of live jazz, perfect for a romantic toast to love. The bar has garnered praise for its atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and the warm, friendly service that promises a memorable visit.

La Baraka: A Fusion of French and North African Flavors in Little Neck

At 255-09 Northern Blvd., La Baraka serves up a unique combination of French and Tunisian cuisine. Since the 1970s, this beloved spot has attracted food enthusiasts with its introduction of couscous and continues to impress with a special Valentine’s Day four-course menu. Co-owner Marie Cohen-Umana emphasizes the restaurant’s dedication to traditional French dishes infused with North African spices, offering a cozy and inviting atmosphere reminiscent of the city of love itself.

Cafe Henri: Quaint and Classic in Long Island City

Cafe Henri, located at 10-10 50th Ave., is another spot approved by Cupid himself. This classic cafe tempts visitors with French wines, handcrafted cocktails and traditional dishes like crepes and spinach quiche. With a modern take on Parisian cuisine, Cafe Henri caters to all dining preferences, including vegetarian options, making it an ideal spot for celebrating love.

Bistro Eloise: Parisian Flair in East Elmhurst

Bringing a taste of Paris to 75-57 31st Ave., Bistro Eloise offers a romantic backdrop for Valentine’s Day. Owner Vincent Caro is proud of the bistro’s farm-to-table approach, offering traditional French cuisine with a modern twist. Named after Caro’s daughter, Eloise, the restaurant stands out for its cozy yet vibrant atmosphere and a diverse menu that appeals to a wide array of palates.

Chez Olivia: A Parisian Escape in Astoria

Finally, Chez Olivia at 29-11 23rd Ave., transports diners straight to Paris with its authentic bistro cuisine and vibrant atmosphere. Since its opening in 2022 by Caro, Chez Olivia has quickly become a local and city-wide favorite, capturing the essence of French cooking with perfectly balanced flavors and a dash of love.

This Valentine’s Day, Queens invites couples to explore the rich tapestry of French cuisine offered across its borough. From intimate wine bars to cozy bistros, there’s a romantic spot for every couple looking to celebrate their love with a touch of culinary excellence.


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