L'Antagoniste

4.7
218 reviews
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$30 and under
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French

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About

Classic French fare in the heart of Bed-Stuy. For parties of twelve or more, please refer to our website for our three prix-fixe options.

Don't forget, we're open for Christmas and New Year's! They're some of our busiest days of the year, so book your table today!

BYOB and Poulet en Vessie every Monday, and Duck à la Presse every Sunday! Come experience these timeless French classics for yourself in a friendly neighborhood setting!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Farm-to-table, European
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Hours of operation
Monday-Saturday 5:30-11:00
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM-3:30PM
Sunday Dinner 5:30-10
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Phone number
(917) 966-5300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Anthony Bacle
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Private party facilities
Whether you’re looking to bring together your company, welcome a foreign delegation, or just gather family and friends in style, L’Antagoniste has exactly what you’re looking for! Party sizes can range from ten to fifty people, although certain exceptions can obviously be made.
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Private party contact
Amadeus Broger: (855) 728-6783
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Cross street
Hancock Street
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Public transit
Utica Ave A/C Train
Halsey J Train
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant that cares about its food and service. The French bistro-based food was prepared with respect and creativity. It was delicious. Like a good bistro, this is a place conducive to conversation (whether intellectual or mundane.) highly recommended.

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Y
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food with great services. We’ll go back again. Mondays are traditional French night.

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KR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, the duck and the chicken special were both phenomenal. Don't skip dessert!

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V
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favorites. If you like classic French food but want it cooked in a fresh modern style, go and go often. You con't be disappointed.

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RR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and we will definitely return. In fact, we plan on going again tonight

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TJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE L’Antagoniste and have been excited every time to go and happy every time I’ve left. The dishes are of such high quality that it stands up to the best NYC restaurants despite being in eastern Bed-Stuy.

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E
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific and creative French spot in Bed-Stuy with an elegant and fun interior and a lovely garden out back (even had fireflies!). Spectacular wine list with some great bargains at the top end, great service, and inventive well-prepared cusisine. i will be back!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the garden. It is very inviting an makes you feel like you are in a garden in France. The service is perfect - friendly, helpful and warm. Food was fantastic! Slight but welcome twist on some classic dishes. We went for my wife’s birthday but we will definitely return.

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem for the area. Nice, upscale spot for aspiring foodies and nonfoodies.

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BS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a perfect experience. We love L'Antagoniste!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had brunch for 8 people, the service was good and the food was amazing. Everyone was happy with their meal.

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w
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and beautiful food make this a must-try. The menu is on the smaller side, creative touches like dill sorbet on the salad make even classic dishes stand out.

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Kitchen closed from 3-5:30pm, yet there were 3pm reservations available on Open Table which doesn't work; 2pm should be your latest afternoon reservation if you want a full menu -- did not arrive until 2:30pm and kitchen closed by desert. Otherwise outstanding, fresh, local food very well prepared.

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HP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in our neighborhood. All of the wait staff are knowledgable, friendly and fun. The food is simply wonderful, the wine list excellent and the atmosphere a delight.

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G
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lets see some Black poets and writers on your mural wall like James Baldwin or the like !

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V
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awwsome as usual. Amadeus and his team never disappoint. Go and go often.

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D
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredible restaurant. The food, service, ambiance are amazing. A Manhattan top quality meal at 2/3's the price.

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AG
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'Antagoniste remains one of our go to spots in the neighborhood. We go often and recently went for our 10th anniversary and found everything on point as always. Amadeus was on hand to chat with us and hand pick an amazing bottle of wine that was very reasonably priced. The perennial cheese souffle and new escargot appetizers were great, as were the steak frites and squab special. I'd highly recommend it to friends, foodies, and BK visitors alike.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 5's second visit was Mother's Day. The Brunch menu had many options. I had the pheasant special with spring peas, we also ordered the duck hash, steak and eggs and a pork belly banh mi. Everything was delicious! Our first visit was on a Sunday to try their pressed duck. We are hooked!

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SC
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently inventive and delicious cooking

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LS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very welcoming-Staff went out of their way to explain things and offer suggestions and serve each course in a timely fashion

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Poulet en Vessie was UH-mazing 😍

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MS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us went on a Monday. BYOB with NO corkage fee on Mondays!
But on to the food. We had two appetizers: the beef tartar was perfect and served with an egg yolk to be mixed in, served with thin sliced baguette toast brushed with oil. The cheese and charcuterie board was wonderful. Two types of pate, very good ham, three cheeses, pickles and walnuts, served with a more substantial dark bread. We also had a dozen oysters, two different varieties, served with classic mignonette and lemon. Only $1.50 each during happy hour!
We shared three entrees: the duck breast with kumquats and potato puree was a delicious twist on the classic duck a l'orange. Steak Frites was perfect. And (a special on Mondays only) we had Poulet en Vessie. A whole chicken cooked with sliced truffles under the skin, butter with herb, and (I think) cognac. The whole thing is encased, tied, and cooked (kind of like sous vide) in chicken stock. Presented to the table, the casing is opened tableside, then brought back into the kitchen to be cut up, with all the chicken juices (and everything else that went into it) turned into a gravy fortified with foie gras. I've never had anything like it. Unctuous, and a truly outstanding dish.
We shared four desserts, all of which were great. A pistachio parfait, a chocolate Baba, a meringue with mango sorbet, and a rhubarb tart with ice cream flavored with Turkish chile pepper! Amazing!
We all left, sated, smiling, and talking about when we'd go back again once the weather is warmer, so we could sit outside in the beautiful backyard garden.

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TK
Seattle
93 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here yesterday and was so impressed I said the food was better than Per Se in Manhattan. So I came back the very next day and even better food. It was amazing! I can now say it was better than the French Laundry!!!

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TK
Seattle
93 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This little place in Brooklyn is absolutely amazing !!!!!!! Forget Per se in Manhattan, this place is way better!

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V
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amadeus and his team provide a first class taste of France in Bed-Stuy. An outstanding example of fine dining. Go and go often. Awesome.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was my wife birthday, they take care of all detail to make feel very special, the surprise pistacho cake was amazing. Love this place.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Seated late, food cooked improperly, incompetent waitstaff

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WF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a terrific spot. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable and very friendly. A solid wine list with very low prices for the options listed. Can’t wait to get back.

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love L'Antagonist, it is truly a gem in Bed-Stuy. We live around the block and I try to come whenever I can. The french cuisine is to die for and the service is unbeatable. Love LOVE LOVE this place.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here is fantastic and they have an excellent wine list that can appeal to everyone!

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NH
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

J'adore l'antagoniste!
The food was great. I wished that scallops were on the brunch menu but the steak and eggs was supreme.

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NH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family of 11 went to dinner and it was delicious. Kelsey was our server and she was so excellent. Marcus, the sommelier, was fantastic. Great food, mussels were excellent, cassoulet delicious. All very good.

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j
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date and I had a 9:15 p.m. reservation. When we arrived, the restaurant was lively and vibrant. Sarah, our server, was knowledgeable and helpful as we made our menu choices.
Both the striped sea bass and the seared scallops were delectable. Don't miss the souffle with sherbet as your starter. It was SPECTACULAR!

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. Had the pressed duck which you cannot get anywhere else. Great wine list.

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G
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

food and service here is great! Very nice ambiance, cant wait to eat in the yard when it gets warmer.

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BS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional experience. Can't recommend highly enough!

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BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Loved the BYOB night, foie gras was amazing, however the plats principaux fell a little short on taste, unfortuantely. Lovely spot and atmosphere!

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a friend's 40th birthday here and we couldn't have been happier with the food, service and ambience. A lovely experience.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Friendly and attentive servers. Mussels were out of this world but eggs Benedict were just so-so; a delicate dish, it was marred by a topping that resembled beet hummus. Pain perdu was tasty but not kid friendly, and I still prefer the version served at the Ox Cart (formerly Pomme de Terre) in Ditmas Park. Also, the bathroom wallpaper’s totally worth a peek.

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