From Our Editors
Much like the skyscraper-strewn business district in Paris for which it's named, La Defense is an unusual fusion of rustic French tradition and modern American influence. The menu stands as a testament to this duality: flaky croissants and custom omelets share space with chorizo-laden scrambled eggs at breakfast, and at dinner, you're just as likely to find a hearty burger—with such gourmet additions as cognac sauce and onion confit, of course—as you are to find classic French dishes such as mussels and beef bourguignon. The reclaimed diner counters and bowling lanes that form communal tables merge with the found objects and vintage advertisements that adorn the walls to exude a hip, yet laid-back vibe. "We don't need to 'turn' a lot of tables here," general manager Evan Brownstein told the Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch. "We want people to hang out."