Last night, I got to try a variety of French-influenced American dishes at Alison Eighteen. The Flatiron District eatery, which rests on W. 18th Street, has the feel of a French brasserie with a deep purple and red color scheme, illustrated wallpaper featuring city scenes and cozy, warm lighting. The restaurant has three rooms: a bar with a few tables, a spacious dining room that can be made private with the pull of a curtain and a downstairs gallery, where they host many public and private events. Starting with a specialty cocktail, it was clear Alison Eighteen has an inventive menu. The drink I tried was made with gin and spiced with tarragon. The food was equally impressive and included bite-sized portions of devilled eggs, tempura and tuna tartare. My favorite was the perfectly fried frites, which came pre-dipped in a creamy mayonnaise sauce. For dessert, there were miniature macarons and ice cream sandwiches. While the food I tried was mostly off-menu, it gave me an idea of what I’d like to order. For details, check out alisoneighteen.com.