Recession Special, Mon Ami: Steak Frites for a Song

Paris Commune, on Greenwich Street, has been searching for its roots for a few years now. The reliable French bistro hadn't really been the neighborhood restaurant it once was since it moved in 2004 from its original home on Bleeker. The prices were a bit high, and the place a bit too stuffy to be a go-to neighborhood spot. Granted that neighborhood is the West Village, so maybe they had something there. But now they have really made an effort to brighten their little corner of the WV — at least on Mondays when people may be suffering from post-weekend-stress disorder and facing the reality of a full recessionary week ahead.

Like a francophone Crazy Eddie, the Commune is offering prices on its signature "Steak Frites" that are fou. Ordinarily $29.99, the Monday-only special drops the price of the popular dish to $12.99 — and you don't even have to prove you're unemployed to get this one like you do for some specials elsewhere (nope, the Commune is a classy place). Between this, and the arrival of its PC Burger (which comes with a complimentary beer before 7 p.m. every night) the boite is really doing its best to endear itself to its local constituents. It also may have inadvertently created what's been dubbed The Bermuda Triangle of Burgers.

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