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For some reason, this perfect little French bistro in the chic Loden Hotel has remained a bit of a hidden gem. But now, after it won a slew of awards in 2013 and 2014, the word is finally getting out, so reservations are a good idea. The room combines a dark, sleek contemporary esthetic—high ceilings, contemporary furniture, sexy Marilyn Monroe photos—with such nods to bistro tradition as the black-and-white checkered tile floor, ornately framed chalkboard menu, and blue-and-white dishtowels as napkins. It shouldn’t work, but it does. What also works is the menu put together by talented executive chef Marc-Andre Choquette. It offers all the bistro favorites—steak frites, French onion soup, bouillabaisse and cassoulet—as well as some pastas, flatbreads, and creative daily specials depending on what’s in season. Everything is done to perfection, even dishes that sound as simple as “mushrooms on toast,” which turns out to be a rich, creamy sauté of wild mushrooms on buttery toasted brioche. Plus there are excellent cocktails and a well-executed wine list. A real find.