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Oct 31, 2009 01:21 PM

Le P'tit Paris Bistro-Looks like we've got a winner!

My sister, a former chef and restaurant manager, had dinner at this new Windsor Terrace bistro. She's a tough critic so I wasn't sure what to expect. She loved it! All superlatives--the hanger steak and bouillabaisse were "the best she'd ever eaten." Raved about the fries. The haricot vert were "perfect." She even loved the waiter. Yay. Looks like someone in WT finally got it right. What makes it ideal--it's very reasonable.

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  1. We tried this place tonight and it was quite good, definitely an asset to the 'hood. Spouse had the hanger and frites and while I wouldn't say it was the best I'd ever eaten, it was excellent...flavorful and tender and cooked perfectly medium-rare. I had the duck dish, which was great--large slices of perfectly done breast, along with nice crispy confit (which was a bit too salty, the one detraction of the dish.) The best thing on the plate though was this amazing timbale of roast potatoes, mushrooms, and garlic which was incredible, I could have eaten a full dish of it. A friend had the Friday night special of boulliabaise which he said was perfect. Service was a bit scattered but I forgive them for this in the first week, they were mobbed (not an empty table at 7.) Everything was really nicely plated, too. And yes, quite reasonably priced ($15 for hanger steak, and I don't think any entree over $19.) Hope this place makes it!

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    1. re: jinx

      Thanks for posting, jinx. Sounds like your meal was enjoyable. I'm glad to hear they were mobbed. I hope they make it too!

      1. re: jinx

        A variety of experiences can be expected from a brand-spanking new place which needs to work the kinks out.

        I'll make the following suggestions and differ from the OP on this one on the "rave" fries - they were frozen, tasted like it and were, admitted one of the principles. Additionally, could there have been a basket of bread brought over to our table? Could the wineglass contain a bit more than 4&1/2 ounces of an undistinguished Cote du Rhone? Yes & Yes.

        That aside, my rough-sliced hanger steak, brilliantly blackened outside and rare inside with a hint of herbed butter finish reminded me of some the finest bites I've ever had at Luger's and Keen's, without gnawing on any bones. Tasted the whole trout which was more than adequate and accompanied by an assorted vegetable pocket with a nice touch of sweet turnip cubes. Desserts looked awesome and will save for next time.

        Fix those low-rent fries and wine, guys, to match the care and quality put into everything else - and I'll be back.

        1. re: Mike R.

          I had lunch here today. While I don't doubt that Mike R.'s fries were frozen, mine were not. They weren't fabulous though, good, not fabulous. I liked my tuna burger even if it was a touch overdone, and the salad needed a dressing with more acidity. My mother's goat cheese and mushroom crepe was quite good. I'll come back for the creme brulee that two women were gobbling up. The music needs help--too loud and too pop. The waiter, who was charming, turned it down as soon as I asked, so it was a problem.

          1. re: Claire

            If Le P'TIT can also produce a worthy "moules-frites", they'll hit a home run. I had some decent fresh fries (huge bag @ $2.99) yesterday at Five Guys on Montague Street...what you crave.

            1. re: Mike R.

              Glad you liked those fries, Mike R. The one and only time I ate fries at Five Guys on 7th Avenue, they had absolutely no taste. I've never gone back.

              1. re: lynncb

                IIRC, the sign said they originated in Sugar City, Idaho...although they were not (ha-ha) sweet potato fries.

                I wonder if the fresh fry truck pulled up to P'Tit yet with some 50-pound sacks.

      2. I'm going to chime in on this wonderful place as well. We went last Friday night and had a terrific meal.

        Started with Oysters on the half shell (although they were heavily pushing the mussels). Malpeque (I believe) at 6 for $10, this is one of the better Oyster Deals I've seen in quite some time. While the meat wasn't completely detached from the shell, I'll glad save a $1.50 an oyster to do that myself. The sauce is came with was very nice and garlicky.

        I had a Sacre Couer salad and my wife had the tuna tartare. Both were excellent. I would have preferred a touch more blue cheese in the salad, but I am very much a blue cheese fiend. The tuna tartare was the tastiest I've had in quite some time. It had what seemed like a candied roe, which really added a pop to the dish.

        For mains, I had the coq au vin (which the menu said was cooked with rooster, but how can I be certain) while my wife had the Friday Bouillabaisse special. I enjoyed hte Bouillabaisse, but it has never been a go to dish for me, so I can't really comment, although she loved it. I thought the Coq au Vin was very good. Nice tender, flavorful meat, lots of bacon, pearl onions and mushrooms. Very hearty and satisfying. It came over buttered noodles, which in the past I haven't cared for (prefer mashed potatoes), but the whole dish really stood together well.

        For desserts (hard to believe we still had room) I had the profiteroles, which I love because, they are profiteroles, and she had the molten chocolate cake which was gooey delicious and came with, I believe, a mango ice cream which kind of made the dish.

        Service was warm, although a little confused at first with two different servers thinking they were covering us.

        About the only negative i can claim was the bread which they served, which was unheated and just blah. But it was late in the night, so maybe earlier it would have been a bit fresher. Either way, not a big deal.

        We both agreed that Le P'tit Paris BIstro was going to become a regular place for us.

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        1. re: elecsheep9

          It breaks my heart to write this. We have been waiting for a good restaurant in WT for ages, and looking at the above reviews, it seemed to have promise. Maybe we were there on an off-night, but the fact that they got "the basics" wrong makes me suspect otherwise.

          My husband and I both ordered the frisee aux lardon salad, his with and mine without the poached egg. His egg looked like it had been beaten with a hammer! Otherwise, the salad was serviceable, but when you can't serve a properly poached egg, what else can you do?

          On to the moules a poster above noted, the fries had to have been frozen which in my opionion, is a cardinal sin for a French bistro (and my main raison d'etre for being there, so, strike two). The mussels were horribly overcooked, with big pieces of raw garlic, and frankly, fairly inedible.

          Again, I get no pleasure out of writing this as I wanted it to work so very badly, but please, Le P'tit Bistro, bistro cooking is not complicated and it's not rocket science! Get your basic skills down and give the ole Terrace the decent restaurant it deserves!

          1. re: elecsheep9

            Actually, the menu says roaster, not rooster...that said, I'd like to try this place.

            1. re: michelley

              The on-line menu says "rooster" which is the traditional way to make the dish. That could be a typo, I suppose, but it would be unusual to use the term "roaster" for a chicken.

          2. Figured I'd chime in having now been there a few times. Overall, am really happy to have this place near by. While nothing will necessarily blow you away, it is a really solid French bistro with no clunkers to date. We've had a few of the salads, an outstanding french onion soup, the coq au vin, bouilliabase and both steak dishes and have enjoyed them all. The steak au poive, in particular, has stood out on both occasions I've had it. A generous, perfectly cooked steak with excellent sides of haricot verts and their spin on potatoes au gratin (delicious). The service has been friendly and accomodationg (they were more than happy to tolerate my 5 and 2 yr olds last weekend) and I'm happy to see that they continue to draw a crowd...hope it stays that way.

            1. First visit to Le P'tit Paris Bistro. Solid, authentic French bistro cooking at a reasonable price (most mains less than $20). Bouillabaisse was loaded with fresh shellfish, shrimp and cod.
              Not a lot of saffron in there, however. Toasted French bread rounds with rouille was a nice touch. Rouget (red snapper) served with a coating of sliced potatoes made to look like fish scales. Very nicely done. Excellent wine list, including plenty of bottles priced at less than $40 and a few half bottles. By the glass $8-9. Suggest you try the Sancerre. Clean, crisp and minerally with subtle fruit...good with the rouget and a salad. Service was attentive, staff very nice. Reservations are preferred on Friday and Saturday nights, but we were seated without reservations at 7 PM on Friday. In my view, a vast improvement over Belleville, Moutarde and the rest of the French joints on Fifth Ave. With Fez nearby, Windsor Terrace has two winners.

              1. Had a nice dinner here tonight.

                Very good steak au poivre. Awesome onion soup.

                The service was really good, which isn't always the case at French bistros. They even gave us some sparkling wine on the house!

                A fun date night. Glad to have them in the neighborhood.

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                1. re: MRich

                  have to agree. one year in and their food has held up really well. have had pretty much everything on the menu and have yet to be disappointed. love the steak au poive and onion soup as well. both are superior to those at pretty much any bistro I've come across in Brooklyn.