While cafes flirt insincerely with hunger and fancy restaurants have unfounded stomach prejudices, a friendly bistro is the good gastronomic Samaritan of eateries. Stop in for a welcoming bite with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of classic French bistro fare and drinks at A.O.C. Bistro in Park Slope.
The menu at A.O.C. conforms to the grand Parisian tradition, offering deceptively simple and hearty fare. Begin an inspired dining experience with traditional appetizers of escargot (snails cooked with pastis and garlic, $8) and quiche Lorraine (bacon and cheese in traditional pastry with mesclun salad, $8.50). Keep hunger on the ropes with the confit de canard (duck confit in Grand Marnier sauce with frisee salad, $19), or demolish the plate with the beefy knockout punch of an A.O.C. burger, a 14-ounce ground sirloin pattybomb in a soft French roll ($12). Those dining on the shortest of days—the weekend—can sample the brunch-only oeuf offerings, including eggs benedict (poached egg with hollandaise and Canadian bacon, $11), Florentine (eggs with spinach, $10), or Nordique (eggs with smoked salmon, $12). Settle a satisfied stomach with such liquid French remedies as a machiatto ($2.75) or hot glass of grog (lemon juice, honey, spiced rum, and hot water, $5.50).
A.O.C.'s casual atmosphere is enhanced by its classic bistro décor, which melds a café's elegance with a bar's welcoming wooden ambience for a logically comfortable dining experience. If the weather is nice, or if you like eating sandwiches in the rain, take a cool, metal seat among an array of outdoor tables to watch the city hustle and bustle around for a New York minute or three.
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