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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.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 11:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Thursday & sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
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
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
After waiting for a host, the Bartender showed us to a table. The waiter came by and was either wasted or didn’t speak English. We asked for the special and the waiter told us it probably doesn’t exist anymore, but he’ll check the kitchen. We waited 30 minutes before getting up a leaving.
Had a very nice holiday lunch out here with colleagues. The food was good overall, and the service was friendly and efficient while remaining unobtrusive. My apple tart was not great, but the quiches and salads we all had were very good. My only complaint was the noise -- music and conversation reverberated off the walls loudly enough to put a damper on our meal.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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