51 Grand St
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-12am; Fri 5pm-1am; Sat 11am-1am; Sun 11am-12am
Cards: Cash Only
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
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Time Out New York says:
Williamsburg’s bistro scene gets a boost with this comely newcomer from chef Sebastien Chamaret (La Goulue). The restaurant—opening for brunch this week, with dinner service planned for later this month—boasts an open kitchen inside and a leafy garden out back. As for the food, Chamaret turns out locally sourced American fare with a Franco bent: A “bacon-cheeseburger” sausage from local butcher the Meat Hook is paired with lentils and frisée, while French toast is torched on top like crème brûlée.
TAGS: Bedford, Breakfast, Brunch (Weekends), Coffee Shop/Cafe, Fairly Cheap, Fancy Cocktails, French, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Recommended, Restaurants, ★★★★ Great
The word “comptoir” means counter, which isn’t a surprise considering this Grand Street spot contains a long counter that curves around the central open kitchen. Nice—especially given that the space was renovated with 90 percent recycled materials, meaning you can be eco-conscious while noshing here. In that on-display kitchen, chef Sebastien Chamaret (La Goulue) cooks up seasonal fare that draws on his French training. To start out, the menu promises to serve brunch every day while they wait for their liquor license. It’s not clear which part of the chef’s French schooling inspired a dish that uses a bacon-cheeseburger sausage, but purists are the only ones who will be disappointed by such juicy innovation. If you don’t want to sit counter-side and smile at the chef, you can check out their dinging room or backyard garden. The restaurant will open for dinner when the booze starts to flow, which looks to be sometime in September.