As much an institution as the better-known La Coupole, Select, and Closerie des Lilas nearby, the cozy Rosebud hasn’t changed noticeably in the 50-odd years since Sartre used to come by for a drink. The dimly lit bar and handful of surrounding tables are tended by servers dressed in white coats who mix Bloody Marys and Manhattans to a jazz background. If you decide to stay for dinner, the menu is strictly basic (the chile con carne has a loyal following).
Insider Tip: If you’re seeking an intimate evening for two, head for one of the two tables in back, as the front of the house tends to get crowded.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.