Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Cafe Moutarde
239 5TH Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121540.675194 -73.981171
Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, 5:30pm-12am
Sat-Sun 10:30am-4pm, 5:30pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
Order the "famous" Hanger Steak - think again! – They flat-out LIED to me! I'm a pretty knowledgeable foodie, so I've had my fair share of steaks. I order the "famous" Hanger Steak for dinner last night. Imagine my surprise when my plate comes and on it is a rather tiny skirt steak. I know the difference between Hanger & Skirt, but figured I would give them the benefit of the doubt. I asked my waiter to explain the difference, he said there was none. He went to the kitchen, and said they confirmed they are virtually identical, the hanger is just a tad thicker (funny since my steak was only about 1/4" thick). While most diners probably wouldn't know or care about the difference, I did and they should have fessed up. To top it all off, I odered a Hanger Steak this afternoon for lunch from a fairly well known restaurant in Manhattan, and I received.........an actual Hanger steak! Not a skirt steak, not anything else, but an honest to goodness Hanger steak that is quite different from a skirt. I think NY'ers are pretty knowledgeable when it comes to food, and the kind of deceit demonstrated by Moutardes is just not acceptable.
Moutarde is an attactive French cafe / Bistro that serves great food in a charming and inviting dinning room.
My partner and friends have dinned at Moutarde atleast 20 times. We've always had a great dinning experience because of the following reasons.
1. Most often prompt seating. Definitely faster than some of the other local hot spots.
2. Great service. The team is professional, curteous and friendly.
3. Always good food. The froie gras is manifique! Amongst many other delicious items.
4. The prices can't be beat for the quality of food served.
This is one of our neighborhood's hot spots. We will be back for more.
I highly recommend you try it.
Moutarde – I walked in to meet a group of friends a couple of weeks back. I sat at the bar with them in the hopes of getting a cup of coffee while we waited for a patio seat to open up. There were only four of us at the bar and, in five minutes, I asked my friends whether or not they thought the bartender would ever acknowledge my existence. They said they had to ask him to get served to. Again, nobody else was at the bar. Not only that but when one of my friends got up see whether or not a table was opening up the same bartender told her that it was HIS job to look, not hers. Needless to say we left exact change on the bar and went down the street to a place that wanted our business. I'll never go back.
great decor, sub par food – My husband and I had dinner here last weekend. We had gone once before when my sister and her bo where in town. I love the room and the atmosphere - a true bustling bistro. The food though is very sub par. The effort is there but the follow through is not. I had scallops atop the squash side. The side must have sat on the plate for hours before they added the main item. My husband had the same side and his too was cold. I had to convince my husband to return after the first similar experience and now Im afraid this last visit will be our final dinner at MoutardIm hoping Brunch will save the day. Id hate to never visit the old world style room again.
Brunch is amazing – The Eggs Benedict here are to die for!! Truly, they are the only dish I've ever ordered but they keep me coming back week after week. Brunch options are limited but worth it.
Order the bread basket which comes with a croissant, 2 chocolate mini-croissants and 2 pieces of bread, all of which is fresh and delicious.
The coffee is also amazing! Expensive but worth it!
I've also never had bad service, contrary to the other reviews here. The waitstaff is friendly and quick and the owner often walks around and mingles with patrons making sure everyone is happy.
I can only vouch for my experiences, and they've been great.
Great service and decor but Food is TERRIBLE – I went there last night with my fiance and service was prompt, friendly and curteous. But, their food is terrible. I had the duck, it was the worst thing i have ever eaten. The quality of the meat was terrible and the sauce was something that my 5 year old nephew can throw together. Stay away from this place unless you like bad food.
Not Just the Mustard – At 10:30pm one weekday night, my boyfriend and I and one other couple were the only ones in the restaurant. We recieved amazingly friendly and prompt service. Our waiter was very helpful in offering menu suggestions and when we were curious about the music that was playing, he hurried over to the CD player and brought the CD over for us to check out.
Even better than the service though, is the food. The Hanger steak (MUST be ordered with the mustard sauce) was completely amazing, and the terrine and pear appetizer that my date ordered was absolutely phenomenal. We both had three courses and shared a great bottle of wine, and the bill with tip still fell well below $150. If you enjoy hunting out great French spots in NYC, definitely pay Moutarde a visit.
Gave it three chances... – I feel that I give restaurants a fair chance. But I've been to Moutarde three times for dinner and I consistantly receive slow service and mediocre food. The room is designed where noise bounces causing everyone to scream louder to be heard. The decor is fussy and a Disney-fied idea of being "French." All this would be dismissible if the service and food was up to par. I appreciate a chef who likes to take chances or can do classics well. Unfortunately, my dish was completely cold and the leeks still had sand in them. And I'm amazed that the chef created a duck breast dish so flavorless. It seems that the chef doesn't know how to marry flavors well. Like I said, I gave the restaurant three times (usually because someone in the party wanted to try it), and trust me there will not be a fourth.
Worst meal ever. – The food is completely mediocre. I ordered the tuna tartar app that contained so much gristle that no amount of chewing could masticate. In fact, there was so much gristle that the chunks of tuna came out of the kitchen still all connected together. The ratatouille that came with my entrée was nearly devoid of any flavor. It is appalling that they charge as much as they do for such unremarkable fare. The food was so bad that my dining companions did not even finish their meals (but I'll leave it to them to complain here for themselves). I don't understand why people are willing to wait as long as they do for a table here. The food is horrible. The prices are high. Don't eat here if you like food.
Disappointed... – We took some family there last night (Party of 4), and were seated at a cramped table. We asked to be moved and they sat us at the only booth in the restaurant. As we were seated, a part or 5 or 6 showed up and a waiter came and asked us if we would be 4 or 6 at the table. After telling him we were 4, he tried to guilt trip us into moving instead of just asking ("Well, I guess the guests will just have to wait 2 hours while you eat, since you're sitting in the only booth in the restaurant.") He hemmed and hawed awhile until finally we just got up and left. Given the level of service and the average quality of the food, there are FAR better places to eat in Park Slope (Cocotte comes instantly to mind.)
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