The best French cuisine in Greenpoint: Fin Du Monde, Citroën and more.
July 14 is here, and it’s the perfect day to indulge in it joy of living that the French do so well. Best part if you don’t have to leave the neighborhood to do it.
Spend the morning pretending to be in Paris with a croissant and a café au lait. Let yourself be tempted by oysters in the afternoon while dreaming of Normandy. Enjoy a fine French dinner while pretending you are in Provence. Whatever your choice, Greenpoint has that je ne sais quoi to transport you to France on Bastille Day.
Here’s a look at some of Greenpoint’s best French dishes.
End of the world
End of the world (38 Driggs Ave.) is one of Greenpoint’s newer French restaurants. Contrary to the name, it sure won’t be the ‘end of the world’ if you end up here for dinner.
The owners are aware of the level of pretension at many French establishments across the city, and therefore, there are no white tablecloths or indistinguishable accents at Fin Du Monde. Decor is sparse, as all attention is given to the small, eclectic menu with recognizable elements.
Try the Wellfleet-Stuffed Clams with Peppers and Cheddar to start, then move on to the delicious prime rib with mashed potatoes and Bordeaux sauce. Affordable wines and local beers will complement your meal with pleasure.
Fin Du Monde is currently open from Wednesday to Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fulgrances (132 Franklin St.) recently opened in June 2021 in an abandoned laundromat on a busy block of Franklin Street. This brand new, popular Parisian spot features a rotating roster of chefs who stay for about a season. Chef Victoria Blamey, who was at Gotham Bar & Grill, kicked off the rotation.
Fulgrances is one of the only restaurants in Greenpoint to offer only a tasting menu. The tasting menu is five courses and will set you back $ 80 without a wine pairing. It’s $ 50 more. It is definitely a great place for a special occasion, if you can book.
Fulgrances is open Tuesday to Saturday from 5.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Citroën (931 Manhattan Ave.) is a Michelin rated French bistro with a 1920s vibe that serves fantastic French food and cocktails.
The menu consists of traditional French dishes including oysters, snails, onion soup, steak tartare and foie gras. Highlights of the main section are the steak frites, coq au vin, and the Pat LaFrieda burger.
Citroën is open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. In addition, they serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 4 pm.
Le Gamin (108 Franklin St.) is a quintessential neighborhood French bistro with a minimalist yet charming interior and several tables outside surrounded by pretty plants.
Le Gamin has a fantastic Oyster Happy Hour. For $ 14.99, customers receive a glass of wine and 3 fresh oysters. It’s the perfect way to pretend to be in Paris for the afternoon.
If oysters aren’t your thing, try the roast chicken with salad and fries and one of the delicious pancakes for dessert.
Le Gamin is open every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Le Fond (105 Norman Ave.) is an enthusiastic French bistro that masquerades as an ordinary neighborhood restaurant. The Michelin rated restaurant is laid back, but the food is inventive and amazing, prepared by a chef who really thinks on his feet.
At the height of the pandemic, Cordon Bleu graduate chef Jake Eberle asked customers to vote on the week’s dishes via Instagram and set up affordable but informative cooking classes on Zoom.
Le Fond offers a four-course tasting menu for $ 50, allowing you to try a selection of dishes from the restaurant. But even among the finest options, the Skillet Burger remains one of the Fond’s most popular dishes.
The Fund is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Charlotte Patisserie (596 Manhattan Ave.) is a small oasis on Manhattan Avenue. As soon as you enter, the warm bakery will transport you to France.
The chef holds a Grand Diplôme, trained at the French Culinary Institute, so all the menu offers are authentic and delicious.
The pastry shop is known for its butter croissants, savory quiches, macaroons and cakes. But they also serve great French dishes like croque monsieur, which is rye bread, ham, gruyere, and bechamel.
Charlotte is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maman (80 Kent St.) is an adorable French cafe decorated with bunnies and blue and white flowers. The chic, industrial interior is the perfect place to kick off on July 14 with a café au lait and a chocolate croissant.
If you’re visiting around lunchtime, try the Katie Sandwich with roasted chicken, basil aioli, roasted red peppers, arugula and roasted tomato on a baguette or the ‘Maman’ Truffle Croque with ham, Comté cheese and bechamel sauce. homemade truffle.
Mom is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.