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Zagat: New SoHo Restaurant Offers New Takes On French Bistro Classics

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Zagat editor Kelly Dobkin filed the following report on the lowdown on a cozy new French bistro in SoHo.

"Little Prince" is the newest restaurant from chef and co-owner Paul Denamiel, who runs the restaurant row standby "Le Rivage" uptown.

"French Bistro-wise, it's not stereotypical, but it is still comfortable enough that it'll bring you back to a time or maybe a space or environment that will make you feel like it's French," Denamiel says.

The menu features French bistro classics with new twists. Some of its most popular items include the French Onion Soup Burger and the ratatouille.

"I'm trying to go simplistic, lesser ingredients," Denamiel says. "To my surprise, we're selling ratatouille. It's a really simple dish, provincial, elegant. It's just a rainbow of flavors."

As for the French Onion Soup Burger, Denamiel says he came up with the idea for the NY Burger Bash.

"It really is an onion soup burger," he says. "I have the baked cheese, the caramelized onions, and I have that cheese, the cheese sauce, and I have the gruyere cheese."

The small charming space features exposed brick, vintage-looking floors and a wooden bar at the front of the restaurant.

"It's a new floor., but it does look like it's always been here, and it fits in perfectly. It's stereotypical of French vintage old bistro restaurants," Denamiel says. "We mainly want to focus on being a neighborhood restaurant. That's why we're going to be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so we're accessible to the neighborhood at all times."

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