Boy, is this post overdue. This brunch happened long ago – like even before I went to Paris long.
Bar Tabac was not on my ‘restaurants to visit’ list, but when I Googled ‘brunch cobble hill brooklyn’, it was the only place on the list with brunch service until 5pm, which got to be the deciding factor for a person who’s always just a tad late. Another factor was that it’s French, so duh.
The restaurant is located on the corner of Smith St., a narrow street but one that’s busy with stores, bars and restaurants. Rene and I had no specific expectations in mind but as we walked through the door, we knew we were in the right place. A red velvet curtain greeted us once the door closed shut. After the pulled the curtain open, a small bar, crowded wooden tables and Parisian brasserie decor revealed themselves. I felt totally at home the minute we were seated.
The menu had all the usual suspects on it: moules and steak frites, onion soup, paté, merguez sausage, and a few egg and sandwich options. Although it took some time, I finally settled on the grilled hanger steak sandwich – it was served on a soft, charred brioche bun with tomatoes and red onions, alongside fries and greens. This steak was ah-mazing. Whatever it was marinaded in made it super tender and juicy, and gave it a hint of zest. It was exactly the kind of meal I crave on lazy Sunday afternoons (seriously, it’s like clockwork).
Besides the delicious, generously portioned food, and the Parisian feel of the place, what I really loved about it was that the waiters didn’t rush us out once we were done with our food and paid the check, which is a truly European luxury. (If you enjoy this place, check out Cafe Luluc a few blocks down).
Now tell me, what is your favorite brunch item? Are you the sweet or savory type?