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Belleville, Cocotte, Moutarde - Similar, which is best?

I live on 5th Ave., and have eaten at Moutarde (dinner) and Cocotte (brunch), but not Belleville. Does anyone know these restaurants well enough to parse them up for me? Which is flat-out the best? Which has the best brunch? Dinner? Thanks.

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  1. Unfortunately, they are all mediocre and have been in steady decline for quite sometime now. Cocotte used to offer a good brunch, but the quality has really suffered this past year, and the slow, neglectful service has all but put the nail in the coffin in it for me. Belleville has a good vibe and the service is good, but the food just doesn't measure up. The same goes for Moutarde. Both of these places are average, run-of-the-mill options for when you don't want to venture too far or think too much about it. They ceased being destination spots a long time ago.

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    1. re: Deuce

      of the three, i have to say belleville is the best...but not by much. the service and food at cocette are just plain deplorable...i gave that place too many chances but its just horrible. moutarde isnt horrible, just boring.

      belleville isnt amazing but it does the job for french bistro in the neighborhood. service can be spotty to say the least.

    2. I find them all pretty deplorable; Cocotte was a notch above the other two a long time ago, but declined steadily (and, well, it's moot: now closed).

      There are some bistro approximations at Stone Park Cafe that I find reliable and more or less at the same price point: steak poivre frites, frisee av. lardons, some kind of cassoulet. If my craving is more specific than that I just may have to get on a train.

      1. I think that you are better off with decor....since Cocotte is now closed check out Belleville better layout than Mourtarde...

        1. Belleville is absolutely deplorable, in my humble opinion. I've posted about this before, but I've been there 3 times, twice for brunch and once for lunch. The food was really, really mediocre, completely uninspired, and overpriced. Lazy, americanized french bistro food. I kept going back because it's very convenient to my apartment and I was hoping that my first and then second bad experiences were flukes. The third confirmed for me that Belleville is a relentlessly disappointing restaurant. I'm sorry if this opinion seems needlessly disparaging, but I guess I'm just mad at myself for pouring money repeatedly into this place when there are so many superior places to eat in the neighborhood.

          1. I've only been to Belleville for brunch and I was completely unimpressed. The service when we were there was horrible. My friend ordered the petit dejeuner (which didn't actually involve any cooking--just juice, a croissant, and coffee) and it too them forever to bring it. Our egg dishes were ready and getting cold before they brought her breakfast. I can't even remember what I had, it didn't stand out at all. My husband got the baked Mediterranean eggs, which I'll admit were good, but not worth going back for.

            Cocotte used to make a delicious French toast, but as other people have mentioned the service was horrible, and now they are closed. I've enjoyed Moutarde for dinner a few times, but never for brunch. We have it on our list of future brunches to try.

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            1. re: brooklynbrownie

              I know its not necessarily on topic, but as far as brunches in the nabe go, I am quite a fan of Scotaditto's brunch special. With unlimited coffee and mimosas it is a great deal and the food is quite good -- I love the eggs benedetto (their take on benedict with speck and a pesto hollandaise.)

              1. re: brooklynbrownie

                I'd throw AOC into the mix. I thought it was best of the mid-slope bistros, much better than Moutarde and Belleville. (Canaille in the North Slope was also decent, but very weird, and had a much smaller menu.)

                1. re: bobjbkln

                  We (3 people) went to AOC for brunch about a month ago, and will not go back.

                  The service was very slow and indifferent - especially one waiter was a real arrogant brat- and the wait for the food took foooooorever. We were trying to be very patient, but finally we were just at a total loss. Not a single staff member acknowledged the wait, in any way.

                  The one thing I liked there was a starter soup with mussels in it. My Tuna Ni├žoise salad was not good; the one at Moutarde is much, much better.
                  And all three of us felt queasy a bit after the brunch, so something was definitely not "kosher" at AOC.