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Apr 12, 2005 11:32 AM

ABistro - Myrtle Avenue

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I just heard about a new restaurant on Carlton Avenue and Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill called ABistro. The cuisine was described as "African fusion". Have any chowhounders tried this place yet?

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  1. m

    I hope to try it at some point.

    But the name really really sucks.

    I mean how long were they scribbling with a pencil to come up with that?

    An African - French fusion restaurant and the best name they could come up with is "ABistro"?

    :shakes head:

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    1. re: mjr_inthegardens

      The head Chefs name is Abdul. They wanted Abdul's Bistro but decided on Abistro istead. Have you eaten there yet?

    2. I ate there Saturday night.
      Decor = Simple, tasteful
      Food = Excellent, interesting menu, gorgeous presentation, large portions, very reasonably priced

      Looking forward to going back and sampling more of their delicious fare.

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      1. re: freyaba

        What did you eat? Can you give me some idea of what's on an African fusion menu? Thx.

      2. ABistro is by far my favorite restaurant in Brooklyn. I've been raving about it to everyone I talk to.

        The menu is small and changes daily, but the two items I keep ordering are the mussel appetizer, which is served in a spicy sauce, and the fried chicken with Senegalese salsa. There is something about the skill with which they cook that really makes the food stand out.

        I've also tried and loved the pork chops, the steak, and the fritters. I hear their burgers are really good, too.

        This place is all about the food - it's small, scaled-down, and I don't think they have a liquor license yet, so bring your own wine. Don't go if you want to be impressed by the ambience or the name.

        1. I live in the middle of the restaurant concentration in Ft. Greene, and A Bistro is definitely one of my favorite restaurants. The food is delicious -- all the fish dishes, the lamb shank, the Senegalese fried chicken, the stir-fried tofu, bread pudding, and definitely the amazing chocolate cake with fresh ginger. The atmosphere is friendly; it's truly a neighborhood place, and the host/chef couple always give you a warm welcome. You can still bring your own wine, which makes it even more of a bargain. A Bistro stands far above the DeKalb chestnuts like Chez Oskar, Madiba, LouLou, Ici, or June. The only other really interesting restaurant in the neighborhood, I'd say, is Olea, a Mediterranean restaurant, on the corner of Lafayette and Adelphi. They're pricier than A Bistro but also consistently good.

          1. I agree that the place is marvelous. Husband and wife team own the place. Definitely my favorite restaurant in Fort Greene and I often recommend it.