A French Bistro on 2nd Avenue

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How great is it to discover a restaurant in your own neighborhood that you have not tried before, and leave wanting to return as soon as possible? I did just that this week when I enjoyed a most delicious lunch at the charming and authentically French Paname Restaurant on 2nd Avenue and 56th Street.

Paname is a sweet and intimate spot, owned and operated by Chef Bernard, who cooks to order, and creates the most delightful and visually beautiful dishes. With varied entrees, salads, omelettes and incredibly gorgeous looking and tasting desserts, Paname is truly a lovely spot for lunch (there is an express lunch option, if you are in a hurry), a drink at the bar, or a leisurely dinner. The quality of the food is top notch, and the prices are quite reasonable. I enjoyed a nice glass of wine, chosen from a fine selection, and a made-to-order salad with shrimp and lentils, which followed a sampling of appetizers that I and my friends tried. And the desserts (did I mention that before?)…ooh la la!

Check out their Instagram page for a sampling of their artistically prepared dishes.

Paname. 1068 2nd Avenue, New York City

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  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has just directed and produced her first film featuring Gloria Gaynor and is producing a docu-series starring Erik Estrada. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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