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About La Defense


La Défense is a French bistro located in Downtown Brooklyn (Metrotech Center). We pride ourselves on our fresh ingredients, and on the originality of our menu. We open all day, starting with breakfast, for which you can sit down or simply grab from our bakery. Our lunch is delicious and fast paced, we understand you need to get back to the office! Happy hour is always lively and we offer great drink specials. A tablecloth and candle on every table makes dinner romantic. Daily specials by our French chef rounds off our seasonal menu. On milder days, the terrace is inviting and peaceful, perfect for al fresco breakfast, lunch or dinner, or simply for a few drinks with your friends. Inside, a massive horseshoe bar is the perfect spot for cocktails and socializing. A main family style dinner table accommodates large groups.

2 Metrotech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast:

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 11:00am


Brunch:

Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Thursday & sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Bridge St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 855-4200

Website:
http://www.ladefensenyc.com/

Parking Details:
A, C, F, R to Jay St.

Private Party Facilities:
La Defense is the place for your party. Our program offers menus for parties of 7 to 150. From three course sit down dinners to hors d'oeuvres at the bar, La Defense will tailor fit our events to your specific needs.

Private Party Contact:
Adelaide Tellier: (877) 840-4884

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

La Defense Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Casual (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Everyone and everything was perfect.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food and service was great! We will definitely be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

From the brunch menu, we had pancakes which was great; eggs Benedict with salmon was equally great. I don’t recommend the chorizo casolette which I had. I tried to rescue the taste with a little bit more salt but to no avail. I am used to chorizos that are tasty in themselves. Service was great though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Delicious French food!!!!
It felt like home (I am French)!
And everyone was really attentive and nice.
Wine was amazing too.
I was also surprised by great live music.
Apparently they have it Saturday night and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
We had a really beautiful evening :)
I' ll definitely recommend it!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wanted to try this place for ages. Weekends are quiet as it’s in a business district and busy on week days. Service is welcoming and friendly. Waiter patiently explained the menu and offered recommendations. Crepe with goat cheese is some of the best I️ have had. Ricotta pancakes are also excellent and light. They come with delicious banana, walnuts and syrup. Cafe viennois is flavorful and served in a generous glass with homemade whipped cream! Nutella crepe for dessert is generous, filled with fresh bananas and drizzled with just enough Nutella. This place had French rustic decor perfect for a birthday, date or friends get together.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A light, early Saturday lunch. Very friendly service, but s-l-o-w delivery of orders, odd considering only 4 tables were in service. Makes you wonder, is everything deep-frozen? Chorizo Cassolette excellent idea and well presented. Their so-called "traditional" Caesar Salad (with Chicken) was sad; large and fresh, but thin shreds of severely overdone chicken were nothing like their usual "press pictures."
Their baked goods as always were perfection, but did not need the extended microwave heating. Had to ask four times to turn the admittedly excellent choice of music down to a normal dining volume. The staff obviously enjoyed it.
A fair value for the money, but Stick to their obviously French bistro fare, and excellent baked goods.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Although OpenTable had available reservations at 9am, upon our arrival we were told the kitchen would not open until 9:15. That was not a major problem however when the waiter came by to take our order, he then informed us that due to a problem in the kitchen, neither of the Eggs Benedict dishes were available. I’m not sure what sort of kitchen problem would prevent them from making Eggs Benedict unless it was an ingredients ordering snafu and they didn’t have the ingredients to make it (but again, they seemed to have eggs, butter and bread so what was missing...english muffins? Lemon (for the hollandaise)? Canadian ham? Seems that a quick trip to Trader Joe’s could have solved the problem.). My friend’s said her cassoulet was good. Her husband and I had the pancakes. The kitchen was accommodating when I asked if they had blueberries and, if so, could I get some in my pancakes, however, when I got one third of the way into my pancakes, the inside was not fully cooked. Ick...nothing worse than the taste of raw flour batter. They did make me a whole new dish which was great. There seemed to be just one waiter and he was clearly overwhelmed because he never returned to check on us or refill our coffees during the meal. We only saw him again when he delivered the check. In summary, while I can’t pan them totally because they were nice and accommodating, the menu limitations, kitchen errors, delayed opening and insufficient number of waitstaff make me unable to recommend this restaurant until they improve their operations.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Terrific French bistro with good service, excellently curated and good value wine list. All of the classics are here and on a cool fall evening they hit the spot. Our go-to bistro near Jay st/metro tech-consistently good over multiple visits. Good outdoor seating on the myrtle promenade as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Louder than expected. Like a bar with dining tables.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This place had decent food but it was underwhelming. The service was fast and courteous.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The food is always good but the service was not up to par. They couldn't find the Open Table reservation. Had to ask for mustard & ice tea three times!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Nice & Cody, also easy to take away. Waitress was very efficient, food came in quickly and the raviolis we're delicious. Good place for a quick delicious lunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Lovely food, lovely atmosphere, affordable prices

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great find and loved the Jazz trio. Food was excellent and wine recommendations helpful.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Always decent…usually have the quiche -- excellent or the garden burger -- quite good. This time had the chicken Caesar -- meh.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Sat outside and enjoyed a great brunch and live music amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Spent a lot of time waiting on the server. Once the order was submitted, drinks came back pretty quickly.
The restaurant wasn't busy, but a few dishes on the menu were not available. When our food did ultimately arrive, it came cold. All 3 dishes were served cold. I did see the restaurant prepping for a shower (bridal, I believe) - so perhaps that's why they were distracted. I won't go back to find out.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

A very authentic French restaurant. The boeuf bourginon was exceptional.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Romantic, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Happy to have found this quiet, gem. The food was tasty, the service was good. I would definitely go here again and recommend to friends.

The best thing was the almond chocolate croissant. I will be dreaming about it for months to come.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic, People Watching, Quick Bite
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

The service was wondering I asked for a certain drink and she suggested something they had and it was delicious.
The entire Verizon team enjoyed it. Thanka again!

Tags: Casual, Organic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great salads, welcoming and
pleasant staff, good service

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Some of the blandest, most boring French food I've ever eaten. Honestly, we're not sure why this place is still around. Service was also choppy and too many people were coming to the table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Wait. staff was excellent, both my guest and myself enjoyed the attention. I would have like more mixed drinks, ex. strawberry daquri

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 (London)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Friendly and authentic feel, though staff-shortage in the kitchen meant service was a bit slow. We appreciated the gesture of a comped glass of wine in response to that situation. We found the interior air-con a bit heavy so moved outside and enjoyed the open-air feel of. a warm evening. Aperol Spritz was long on sparkling water and a bit short on Aperol/Prosecco, but all our food was excellent and Well-presented. Would certainly re-visit or use regularly if we lived nearby.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Great service, amazing food, loved the music and ambience

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Definitely a great brunch spot -- food was great. Best ricotta pancakes! Everyone raved about them.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I love LD, the manager and staff are very helpful and nice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Working in the neighborhood, this is my go-to place for lunch when I want to be served. The food is consistently good, excellent lunch options (delicious salads). It's extremely loud, even in the middle of the day which is often a problem.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Very good food. Service was excellent and the choices were fine. Had the lamb shank and thoutoughly enjoyed it as well as the pate'. Not over the top fancy or expensive. Just hit the spot for a nice dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

I made resaveration on Open Table for a small wedding dinner for my friend. On our arrival the manager greeted us and congratulated my friend on her wedding. (which was very nice). We all have different taste buds, but we all found something on the menu that was pleasing to each of us. The food was delicious and the service excellent. Will recommend La Defense to all my friends. -Kyle

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We arrived during happy hour. The dining area surrounds the bar, so the noise level was pretty high. Lots of people enjoying Friday night. Food was excellent, but soup was lukewarm. Would go back for the food, maybe at a different time, or for drinks anytime.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We went on a Friday night around 10 pm so the music was loud and most people were drinking. Service was not very good at first but then the waiter realized we were waiting on him and he was very apologetic and sweet, and even offered us cocktails on the house. The food was great only the sauce with the scallops was ridiculously salty. The pistachio crusted salmon was delicious along with the apple tart, which comes with some ice cream. I'm sure if we went during a quieter hour the service, ambiance and music level would be much more appropriate.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Great place, but with two major drawbacks the night that I went.

1. There was a DJ whose music was FAR too loud and aggressive for the otherwise gentle ambiance. Any other type of performance would have fit in well.

2. The service was great, but my date and I were parched by the time we got out of there. Water pitchers for the tables would be welcome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, People Watching, Casual, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

A little on the noisy side,. Although somewhat limited, the lunch menu consisted of well prepared dishes with good ingedients

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

We were there midday of ra business lunch, so the fact that they were understaffed was no surprise. Everything arrived timely, so I have to think the server did the best they could under the conditions.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Service - While i was waiting on my friend, 3 different waiters walked by me without even looking at me for 15mins. Only once my friend arrived, they filled out our water glasses and asked if i wanted to drink something.
Food - I order the eggs benedicts which was definitely NOT that. No English muffin which eggs are supposed to be on. The ham was some hard bacon that broke into pieces when trying to eat it same as the "harsh brown", way over cooked/hard. Finally the Hollandaise sauce was not what they were serving, didn't taste anything like it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Great place with the owner present and making sure everything is to our satisfaction. Also very good wine recommendation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

It's the only restaurant of its kind in the neighborhood; casual French fare. The ambience is good. However the food has not been great of late. Pretty mediocre brunch. I hope it improves.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Good for Groups, Tapas, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Great menu, delicious food and good service. Only downside was the nightclub music blasting a bit too loud for my taste on the Friday night I went there. Other than that, it was incredible!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 29, 2017

We went here for Brooklyn Dining week so the value was amazing. However, the food and service were spectacular, I would visit again if we are in the neighborhood.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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