Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Quercy Ejf Restaurant
242 Court St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.685750 -73.994405
Dinner hours: Daily, 5pm - 10:30pm. Brunch hours: Sat, Sun, 11am - 3:30pm
Neighborhoods: Cobble Hill
My favorite – I live in the neighborhood and love this place. The room feels great; it's never too loud, got great music from time to time, deep menu - sophisticated but not stuffy. A grown-up place, always my first choice for brunch. Wine is fairly priced, good bread, great butter. Had quails with raisins, armagnac and foie gras today, with a bottle of champagne for the four of us. This place makes my life better. I note the service complaints and don't dismiss them - they seem fairminded - but it hasn't been an issue for me and I think I've eaten there ten times in the past year.
good food but terrible service! – Ate there on saturday night with some friends. the food delicious BUT the service was absolutely terrible. the "waitresses" acted like they were lost, i don't think they have any idea what they're doing, they got confused between welcoming a new party and answering the handwaves of an existing party, they didn't bring new cutlery after taking away the first set with appetizers, they didn't follow up to take our drink order even though we asked for the wine list, and when it came down to the check and somebody's credit card wasn't reading correctly they didn't have the wherewithall to type in the card number (instead they just came back to the table and said "your card doesn't work") - really unbelievable. this sort of thing doesn't usually get to me, but it did make the dining experience somewhat frustrating, as we didn't have wine WITH our meal but only at the end.
Editorial Review – Cobble Hill French bistro that's calmer and more serene than some of the Smith Street bistros; classic dishes pepper the menu.
Very nice neighborhood bistro – I live in Park Slope and would love a place like this nearby. Nothing fancy or ambitious: just well-prepared, basic French fare at a reasonable price. The endive & Rocquefort salad is large and plentiful, and entrees like boeuf bourgignon, cassoulet, and duck are more than serviceable. The wines by the glass are also good, as are the desserts. Nice atmosphere and service, too.
French provincial fare for bon vivants with a taste for romance. – The Scene
Black-and-white photos on deep red walls and a mural that suggests the French countryside provide a fitting backdrop for this restaurant's rustic cuisine--along with a departure from the vintage wine posters that adorn many dime-a-dozen bistros. Chef and proprietor Jean-Frangois Fraysse, who opened West Chelsea's La Lunchonette, brings an identical menu to this borough branch, named after his hometown in southwestern France.
Everything on the southern French menu sounds scrumptious, but keep in mind before ordering a first course of dark and frothy lobster bisque, impeccably prepared scallops or tender duck confit with crisp greens, that Fraysse's hearty entrees are disarmingly large. The cassoulet's rich meat and bean stew makes an ideal winter dish; for a slightly lighter seduction, opt for the buttery skate with lemons and capers. Built-in sides include snappy peas and beans and sumptuous potatoes gratin. Try the apple or pear tarte tatin with just-sour-enough creme fraiche for dessert.
Hope they make it – I live around the corner from Quercy and I really hope that they do not suffer the fate of the previous occupants of this space. However, I must agree with the other reviewer about pricing on some items. I worked in a NY Times 3-star restaurant, and our price on Foie Gras, for both a terrine and a piece of seared foie, was the same price as they charge for one or the other at Quercy. This is not the way for a neighborhood place to endear itself to the neighbors. Most of ther menu is well priced and the food was perfectly good, however, it seems a little boring when four different entrees have the same green bean/potato sides. You have stiff competition nearby, and if you are to survive you must step it up.
Good start, needs a bit of work – This restaurant is obviously by someone who cares. My entre was delicious. The wines by the glass were great. I look forward to seeing what they can do with this place.
the green salad should consist of more than a pile of arugula
the foie gras -appetizer- for $18 is a bit overpriced for this menu. I'd love to try it, but I'm not about to drop that kind of change for an appetizer. Cut the size in half if you must (I'll assume that's possible?)
ditto for the terrine, which is usually much cheaper than a foie gras ($16)
regardless, I wish them luck.
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