In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s moustache during dinner without asking first. Feast around the proper tableside etiquette of France with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of French fare and drinks at Le Comptoir in Brooklyn.
Le Comptoir crafts flavorful, jewel-like French dishes from seasonal, locally sourced meats and produce. The brunch menu, offered until 4 p.m., includes delicate sweet and savory dishes such as french toast crème brûlée capped with berry compote ($10) and an asparagus-and-goat-cheese frittata ($12) whose rich, decadent flavor puts Kublai Khan's Fabergé omelettes to shame.
The ever-changing dinner selections follow farmers' market trends, harnessing seasonal ingredients in starters such as the steak tartare (starting at $10). Delight internationally inclined taste buds with continental comestibles such as the homemade potato gnocchi with duck confit and butternut squash ($17) and the pan-seared New York strip steak flanked by chanterelle mushrooms ($26). Chronic thirsts for liquids and greenery can be quenched with a pre- or postdinner glass of champagne or freshly mixed cocktail in the restaurant's well-tended outdoor garden, weather permitting.
Le Comptoir has been featured in Time Out New York. Eighteen Yelpers give the restaurant an average of 4.5 stars, and eight Google Mappers give it a 4.5-star average. More than 560 Facebookers like Le Comptoir.
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.
251 Grand St.
Brooklyn, New York 11211Get Directions