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Beauty & Essex- New York
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!
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM-3:30PM
Sunday Dinner 5:30-10
Halsey J Train
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.
The best food with great services. We’ll go back again. Mondays are traditional French night.
Amazing place, the duck and the chicken special were both phenomenal. Don't skip dessert!
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.
It was our first visit and we will definitely return. In fact, we plan on going again tonight
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.
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!
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.
A true gem for the area. Nice, upscale spot for aspiring foodies and nonfoodies.
As always, a perfect experience. We love L'Antagoniste!
We had brunch for 8 people, the service was good and the food was amazing. Everyone was happy with their meal.
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.
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.
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.
Lets see some Black poets and writers on your mural wall like James Baldwin or the like !
Awwsome as usual. Amadeus and his team never disappoint. Go and go often.
What an incredible restaurant. The food, service, ambiance are amazing. A Manhattan top quality meal at 2/3's the price.
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.
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!
Consistently inventive and delicious cooking
Very welcoming-Staff went out of their way to explain things and offer suggestions and serve each course in a timely fashion
The Poulet en Vessie was UH-mazing 😍
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.
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!!!
This little place in Brooklyn is absolutely amazing !!!!!!! Forget Per se in Manhattan, this place is way better!
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.
Was my wife birthday, they take care of all detail to make feel very special, the surprise pistacho cake was amazing. Love this place.
Seated late, food cooked improperly, incompetent waitstaff
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.
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.
The food here is fantastic and they have an excellent wine list that can appeal to everyone!
The food was great. I wished that scallops were on the brunch menu but the steak and eggs was supreme.
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.
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!
Service was wonderful. Had the pressed duck which you cannot get anywhere else. Great wine list.
food and service here is great! Very nice ambiance, cant wait to eat in the yard when it gets warmer.
Exceptional experience. Can't recommend highly enough!
Loved the BYOB night, foie gras was amazing, however the plats principaux fell a little short on taste, unfortuantely. Lovely spot and atmosphere!
We celebrated a friend's 40th birthday here and we couldn't have been happier with the food, service and ambience. A lovely experience.
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.