Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Province En Boite
263 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123140.682856 -73.993236
8 am-10 pm
Neighborhoods: Boerum Hill
overpriced and uninspired – With so many choices on Smith St, this would not be one I would make again. The chef/owner does not even care about the food. He is a pastry chef! He simply makes the menu sound attractive enough so that people will come in and then end up ordering his pastries. The service is HORRIBLE, and this is coming from a girl who has been a server for years. Some mistakes I can understand, but these people aren't even trying. The menu is overpriced and the food is boring. I ordered the goat cheese omlette, hoping for something unique. I received an egg omlette with a lump of goat cheese in the middle-nothing else to go with it except for a side of greesy potatoes. I didn't finish it and left feeling robbed and jealous of those dining 2 doors down at Patois.
Never been so insulted, worst chocolate ever – In my first time walking around this beautiful neighborhood I spoted what looks like a nice little French place, it looks cute and peacefull... Until you return a old FLOURLESS HORRIBLE FREEZERBURNED TASTING CHOCOLATE CAKE... And a crazy French woman jumps out of nowhere to tell you that their chocolate is the best in the world because it comes from France, and that your palate is not refined enough to appreciate the horrible old flavor of the cake, Oh!!! to top it, $7 charge for the worst chocolate ever should just keep you away from this place.
Recommended Restaurant – Our family had a lovely brunch here on Father's Day with our 10 month old twin infant daughters. The staff was very accommodating and the weather was beautiful so we ate outdoors in the cafe section. The food was fine and tasty, just like it was on our previous visits. We had the french toast and mushroom omelette, as well as croissants, but there were plenty of other food choices. We recommend this restaurant. There was no service charge. By the time we left (we arrived at opening at around 10am), the restaurant was very busy, which is a testament to its popularity. We recommend this restaurant (we've also had dinner here and also enjoyed our meal).
Best French Toast (and other things) – So the title says it all. They have the best french toast I have ever had and that is saying a lot. That is not the only great thing there either. The quiche is fantastic as is the croque-monsieur. When we were there today we had the chocolate ganache, which is the kind of good that makes you close your eyes and just float away. We have been there a few times and it has been great every time. Leslie, the owner, has been wonderful every time we have been so I am not sure what some of these other reviews are talking about. I am just speculating but maybe these people deserved the attitude they got. We have yet to notice a service charge. As to the prices, they are on par with everything else on Smith (a little pricey but so are the rents). For the quality of the food I think it is worth it.
My wife and I plan to go back often.
Best French experience in Brooklyn (and this coming from a Frenchman!) – We just sampled Provence en Boite last week for dinner and as Frenchmen who take their food seriously, give a resounding thumbs up ! The food is authentic and reasonably priced, the welcome akin to a true "village" bistro back home and last but certainly not least, the pastries are phenomenal !
So much so that we went back for Mother's Day and bought a whole assortment to take to our friends' brunch party. Let me be frank and say that discerning New York-bred taste buds were also quite enthusiastic about the pastries (especially all the chocolate variations). DON'T WAIT, if you're coming to Brooklyn, stop by Provence en Boite and enjoy !
Love this Place – I have gone to this restaurant many times for both brunch and dinner. Granted, it is very crowded for brunch on the weekends, but it is worth the wait. The "crazy french lady" and her husband/chef are a delight and are always warm and friendly. I have seen them both greeting guests and stopping by tables for a quick chat. The food is always fresh and delicious and the pastry is out of this world. If you're not into waiting, try dinner during the week when its less crowded. Also, very reasonable prices and nice portions. I totally disagree with the bad reviews, I have never had an unpleasant experience here (quite the opposite)and to call place a tourist trap I really don't get (its on Smith Street not in Time Square).
Good pick!!! Yummy pastries – I must admit that when my husband said he wanted to have dinner at Provence en Boite, I was very skeptical after having read the last two comments posted here.
Call it old fashion way but there is nothing much I hate that being given an attitude when I am a guest wherever I go...
My doubts have started to get dissipated when a broad smile welcome us at the door, sat us right away, take our orders of drinks and brought us some bread and olives to nibble on.
We were both in the mood for seafood and we were proven right in our choice: my husband ordered the bouillabaisse which was amazing and the saffron breads apparently done the right way (never been in Provence) and I enjoyed the halibut in a lemon butter sauce which cooked with crunchy veggies.
No bad surprises, our waiter was nice and friendly, the check came with no extra charge, we even had a delicious glass of orange wine offered to enjoy our desserts!
The most disrespectful people on Smith St – With some friends we decided to try this place after reading the review from nicoloco here in Citysearch. Why oh why didn?t we read the other reviews? Now I wish we had. Get this: 4 people ordered nothing more than eggs for a wonderful $84 brunch!!!. Not only the food is overpriced, but apparently, only by sitting down you get a $5 service charge PER PERSON regardless of what you order. Furthermore, if you don?t leave a tip on top of the $5 service charge PER PERSON, the lady patron goes ?berserk? and I really mean NASTY CRAZY!. She started a complete show trying to embarrass our party when we asked about the outrageous service charge. The guy sitting in the table next to us realized he would be charged $5 extra for ordering only a $3 eclair and got really upset, adding more to the situation. So my final recommendation is that if you enjoy eating $21 eggs while a French lady is yelling at you after she?s plain and simply robbed you, this is the place for you. This restaurant is nothing more than a French tourist trap.
Good food, Terrible service, crazy patron, extremelly expensive service charge – Yes the food is nice and the decor looks nice, but beware of the service tip. We ordered brunch in the amount of $30 and we were charged a $20 service charge. The owner even threatened to call the Police when we refused to pay this ridiculous charge. She ended up making a huge show about it even shouting at her waiters, what a nasty lady. Too sad because the food was actually good but the feeling of being robbed has put this place on my never-go-again list.
Best Seafood and Pastries in town! – With some friends we decided to try this place after reading the review in Go! Brooklyn. It was one of the most pleasant evening we've had in a long time.
Not only the food was delicately prepared and of a very good quality but the staff was discreet yet attentive.
I took the scallops and my girlfriend the fish of the day (salmon that day), our two other friends ordered the traditional steak frites.
The desserts were scrumptious (I especially recommend the chocolate dome) and when I asked the owner what is her vendor she replied everything is made in the lab downstairs. No wonder why they were so fresh!
I went online to read the reviews already there and I think those people have had one bad experience which can happen especially at brunch.
So try it out and make your own judgement, be blown out by the Provence decorum and the old metal boxes collection!
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