Autour du Monde takes its name from the world travels of its founders, who reflect their wanderlust in the restaurant’s subdued purple accents and vintage globes. These international inspirations also inform the dinner menu, which transforms seasonal ingredients into hearty appetizers such as butternut squash soup with pumpkin-seed oil ($7). Duck and lamb entrees such as the duck breast in blood-orange reduction ($20) dazzle adventurous taste buds with more color choices than a jumbo box of crayons inside a jumbo bag of jellybeans. Omnivores, meanwhile, can dig into a double filet of boneless trout served with quinoa and cumin carrots ($20) while admiring the way the sconce lighting’s refracted halos play upon the violet and marigold walls.
After moving from the south of France to break into the New York catering world, David Benizeri decided he was finally ready to have a "window on the street," according to Jenny Miller’s New York Magazine profile. And so, in the storefront of an old barbershop, Benizeri went to work creating Beny's Delice. There, amid dark reclaimed wood and a pressed tin ceiling, he and his former catering partner Tarik Slamani created a café that blends the Mediterranean influence of Benizeri’s Riviera home with salads, sandwiches, and a "very, very traditional French pastry case" that only watches Louis Mal movies without subtitles.
Kif pleases palates with a selection of tasty tapas and traditional homemade Moroccan entrees. Enliven a night out with friends or accentuate a surprise party for your pet tongue with a small plate such as falafel on Dekalb, a charming conglomeration of crushed chickpeas and Moroccan spices with harissa aioli ($6), or merguez, a savory selection of spicy lamb sausage lounging on a bed of marinated tomatoes ($6). For entrees, quell carnivorous cravings with steak frites, a prime skirt-steak plate paired with french fries on a bed of avocado sprinkled in red onion vinaigrette ($18), or relish the lamb shank tagine, an organic meatsperience confettied in tagine spices and green peas with a side of couscous ($23).
At Le Comptoir, waiters ferry plates of contemporary bistro fare across scuffed hardwood floors and mixologists swirl signature cocktails behind a softly lit bar. Chefs embellish the dinner menu's savory steak, cod, and roast-chicken entrees with seasonal and local produce such as chanterelle mushrooms and butternut squash. Charcuterie and cheese boards host samples of homemade pâté and artisanal fromage, and brunch dishes out creative interpretations of breakfast classics such as eggs benedict and french toast. Patrons can perch on stools within the restaurant’s whitewashed brick walls or head to the outdoor garden to win impromptu games of don’t-touch-the-lava by scaling mosaic-tiled benches and bamboo poles.
A.O.C. Bistro transposes a portion of Paris to Park Slope with a red-brick bistro packed with black-veneered tables, sleek leather booths, and warm, trapezoidal light fixtures. The menu features something for Francophiles of all stripes: brunch items—such as eggs mediterranee with basil and merquez sausages, and Feuille de Brique, a phyllo pastry stuffed with ham and cheese and topped with a poached egg—are served until 4 p.m. every weekend, and the dinner menu includes Italian-inspired pasta dishes alongside such French classics as duck-leg confit and coq au vin. The restaurant also offers online ordering and take-out, and boasts far cheaper delivery charges than sending dishes via zipline from the Eiffel Tower to the Statue of Liberty.