Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Cafe Luluc
214 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.684441 -73.992104
Mon-Thurs 7:30 am-midnight, Fri 7:30 am-2 am, Sat 8 am-2 am, Sun 8 am-midnight
Neighborhoods: Boerum Hill
Left a bad taste in my mouth. – I have lived in the neighborhood for many years and finally decided to take a seat in this small cafe. I should have walked out immediately upon encountering the rude and unaccommodating wait staff. Against my better judgment, I remained and ordered. The food was greasy and bland. I walked out with a lighter wallet and a stomach ache - do not recommend.
Watch your check here. The checks are handwritten and the staff likes to "estimate" the sales tax and round up. I've been here twice, and twice, same thing. This despite the fact that there is a calculator sitting on the bar. And the staff was less than pleased when I pointed this out. I guess it's ok to rip off your customers as long as it's only a little.
Amazing at Best, Average at Worst – The surprising thing about the restaurant is that the quality of the food differs enormously. The appetizers- a bland crabcake, almost not very fresh-tasting mussels (but in a surprsingly good tomato sauce) and good but lacking some salt and flavor escargot- were inadequate. Although for the price it wasn't that outrageous (from 7 to 10 dollars). But some of the entries were simply delicious. The $15 dollar, medium rare steak, marinated, juicy and served in a rich red wine sauce with mashed potatoes was better then many far more expensive ones I've tried. Lamb with couscous was good, but not more then that..the mediterranean flavors were clearly lacking. Ravioli in pesto sauce were also good but not great. What blew me away was the fresh cheese gnocci with mushroom truffle sauce ($13). They were simply outstanding- savoury, rich with just enough cheese 'unami' and mushroom bite. I have honestly never ate better ravioly (or any kind of pasta dish) anywhere else. This doubled both as gourmet and comfort food. The warm chocolate cake for desert with fresh strawberries was also very good and definitely worth a try.
Overall...if you know what to order there, the place is a great find.
Best Bloody Brunch in Brooklyn – LuluC has consistently delicious brunch (of note are the pancakes, salmon eggs benedict and ANY omelette you please) not to mention they make a mean Bellini. Let's face it...any place that makes a great breakfast and serves wonderful alcohol to accompany it has got to be pure genius.
All the egg dishes are served with a small salad and fries and the fries are rapturous. I almost hate to give this place such a good review b/c I don't want more competition for a table!
Inexpensive French fare and a relaxed vibe attracts Brooklynites hankering for Paris. – The Scene
It's as close to Paris as the F train will take you. Smiling waiters greet regular patrons with kisses on both cheeks; French pop fills the air and rich aromas from the kitchen meet you at the door. Reasonable prices keep a stream of customers waiting in line outside. The authentic bistro fare lures them back for more.
Luluc's affordable, French-inspired menu offers something different during each meal. Pancakes, crisp on the outside with a sweet, melt-in-your mouth center, rival any breakfast special on Smith Street. The tangy, grilled tiger shrimp salad, with asparagus, white beans and a lemon vinaigrette, makes a great lunch. Dinner highlights include succulent salmon fillet, drenched in roasted tomato shallot sauce and grilled hangar steak with light fries and caramelized onions. Save room for the piece de resistance, a subtly sweet, berry-topped creme brulee.
A wonderful spot. – Service was excellent, all dishes were excellent. Getting the check was a bit of pain, but this is part of the "atmosphere" in a French place, right?
Pulled pork sandwich: yum
tiger shrimp appetizer:yum
I will be back.
Don't complain about the food! – A friend and I went for dinner, the host was rude to us as we walked in, we stayed because the decor is charming and we wanted "french" food. Appetizer and wine was fine. The entrees were served cold. The steak frites was replaced(20mins later),a lobster entree(actually a small tail and corn "tamale" stuffed head) wasn't fixed, they took it without asking if I wanted anything else instead, and it was useless to try to explain why I was unhappy with it. When we received the bill they wanted to charge 2/3 of the price for the uneaten lobster. The host wasn't happy when I protested the bill and we were asked to never come back. Frankly, why would I?
Consistently Good. – Cafe Luluc is a gem. The food is tasty and original, the service is unbeatable and the environment is relaxing. I've eaten there nearly a dozen times within the past year. It's the first choice when my boyfriend and I want to have a late Friday dinner. I'm in love with the mesculun salad, which has a sweet basil dressing, and the well-seasoned veggie sandwich. My boyfriend is addicted to the steak, which is always cooked the way he asks, and the huge pile of accompanying crunchy fries. Beware, however, of the cash-only policy, which the cafe's owners implement at their other Smith Street locale, Cafe Banania. The ATM across the street must be making a killing.
All I can speak for is the brunch... – Which is consistantly excellent. The prices are always right (and under $10) - the Gravlox Salmon Benedict is the real winner on the brunch menu - always fresh, with a great tasting hollandaise sauce. Don't order a Bloody Mary from the bar though - they're watered down, over-peppered and devoid of any taste. Blah.
Yum, with a small C – I like this tiny little yellow place. It makes me feel good. The food is yummy (pulled pork samich is fab) and the garden is beautiful. Surprise find: one of the best burgers in the area!
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