Waiters in long white aprons, tile and wooden floors and a busy, buzzing ambiance – the French bistro is going strong in Roslyn village.
Bistro Citron – the menu at Bistro Citron, waiting at the table wrapped around your napkin, offers all the traditional bistro dishes. Hors d’oeuvres include escargots a la Bourguignonne (baked snails with garlic herb butter), salade Nicoise (tuna, olives, tomatoes, string beans, onions, potatoes and sliced eggs and lettuce) and the quintessential French onion soup, with a thick cover of bubbling cheese.
The steak tartare, raw ground steak seasoned with shallots, horseradish, capers, brandy and various condiments is a special treat. There are several mussels dishes with lots of sauce for dipping the delicious crusty bread. The popular steak frites (grilled steak served with fries), leads off the entrée menu, plus dishes such as rack of lamb, chicken in a Chardonnay sauce and pan roasted striped bass over ratatouille.
Each night of the week features a classic dish. On Tuesday it’s canard a l’orange, on Thursday coq au vin and braised short ribs are served on Saturday.
The most popular desserts are crème brulee, bananas Foster and warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.
1362 Old Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576, 516-403-4400
Hours: lunch: Monday to Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m.; dinner: Sunday to Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday open until 11 p.m.; brunch: Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music on Tuesday and Thursday.
Prices: brunch, which features choices of omelettes, crepes, salads, several entrees and mimosas, bloody Marys or orange juice costs $19. Onion soup, $9; hors d’oeuvres from $11 to $17; entrees, $23 to $32); all-you-can-eat mussels $19.95. All desserts are $8. A three-course prix fixe dinner is $27.95.