108 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
This popular and inexpensive café chain specializes in French street crepes, sugared or salted and stuffed with everything from Nutella to smoked salmon to ratatouille, or any combination thereof. (You can mix and match three fillings in a salted crepe which includes a salad.) But that’s not the Francophile franchise’s main appeal—savor a generous bowl of café au lait while you get caught up on all the latest magazines, which share wall space with a variety of vintage French restaurant and tourist ephemera. It’s not quite the Left Bank, but it’s a good way to check out the latest French Vogue without shelling out fifteen bucks.
TAGS: Breakfast, Brunch (Weekends), Coffee Shop/Cafe, Fairly Cheap, French, Greenpoint, Restaurants, Sandwiches, ★★★★ Great
With a location in Prospect Heights and a popular crepe-dispensing truck, Le Gamin has perfected the casual French style. The Greenpoint location has the feel of an authentic French café, with specials written on blackboards and a crowd of locals debating the issues of the day. The spot has many more options than a coffee shop, but the vibe is decidedly not bourgeois. Low prices and an easygoing atmosphere make it easy to spend an afternoon here. You can whittle away the time by sipping a café au lait, or you can go for one of their light dishes like a country ham sandwich or a baby green salad with goat cheese (both are under $10). Their dinner menu offers heartier fare like roasted duck breast and a pan seared skirt steak, but they seem like an extravagance in such a low-key setting. Instead, opt for what Gamin does best: crepes. Savory fold-overs stuffed with things like chicken and ratatouille are available all day long. While you sip your post meal-espresso, satisfy your sweet tooth with a crepe tartin filled with caramelized apples and crème fraiche. C’est magnifique!