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Mar 6, 2010 04:16 AM

Cafe Moutarde in Park Slope Closed

Four of us arrived at Cafe Moutarde on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope last night only to find the place shuttered, with a handmade sign in the window saying it is closed until March 15th for renovations. The windows are papered over, preventing a peek inside.

Just wondering if it is truly undergoing renovations, or if it is gone for good.

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  1. Moutard lives. It is really undergoing renovations.

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    1. re: micki

      Let's hope they're 'renovating' the service. Not to mention the very ordinary food. Ironically, the decor was the strong point! Oh well ...

    2. They were really good - food AND service, believe it or not - for the first 6 months they were open. The sign outside says Moutarde is renovating until March 25. I like how they've torn the window paper to show the corks are still there...

      239 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      1. re: pitu

        The sign originally said they would be closed until 3/15. Tonight I walked by and the 1 had been changed to a 2, making the reopening date.the 25th. Either they're going to come back or they are waging the most persistent disinformation campaign I've ever seen.

        My own experiences with the place were positive. I always had the steak frites - it was quite good and I never had a service issue.

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          April 20th and still no movement. Anyone have any more details? I was addicted to their scallops in spinach cream sauce served over risotto (so rare to find a decent risotto in this city. you have no idea how attached I was).

          does anyone know anything? I need my fat drizzled carbs!

          1. re: courtney.hami

            Passed by last evening and saw a new sign on the facade: seems they're reopening under a different name (to the best of my recollection, it was something like "Bistro de la Rue" or something like that). New owners? Don't know. New name? Apparently.
            New Menu? I hope. I wasn't a big fan over the past 5 years. For bistro-style French, the new joint in Windsor Terrace is excellent. For an island-inspired take on French bistro food, I like Kaz An Nou in Prospect Heights. Both places are walking distance from the Slope.

            Kaz An Nou
            53 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            1. re: famdoc

              oo thanks for the suggestion. if you know anywhere with a) good risotto b) good scallops in a butter cream sauce, let me know!

            1. re: gutsofsteel


              Well, part of your wish will be granted: Mike is coming back. Fornino will be opening soon in the Cucina/Tempo space.

              187 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        2. Not to pile on, or flog a dead horse, or [pick your cliché], but the old place was a big disappointment. I thought it looked great, mostly--and unlike anything else in the Slope. But after having two good-plus to great-minus meals there the first month or so it was open, I noticed on my third visit that the prices had jumped and the portions had shrunk to an almost comical degree. And it was downhill from there. (Also: the right angles in the bar were an odd use of space that made for awkward/uncomfortable sitting.) Here's hoping the new endeavor is an improvement, and a success.

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          1. re: mrfinewine

            And the last time we went in for a drink and some frites, that odd configuration led to us asking if we might sit at one of the tables in the bar. Despite the restaurant being virtually empty , we were told they were reserved for dining. Also had comically bad service last time we had brunch there, and even my followup emails went unanswered. Can't say I'll miss anything about the place, except maybe the decor, which apparently is the one thing, along with the name, they've definitely changed.

          2. yes, I remember. For the first 6 months or so (now this goes way back) Moutarde served excellent, classic french bistro- then suddenly (after they were solidly established) the food took a huge nosedive and settled into studied and consistent mediocrity! I never returned. I will be interested in seeing if the renovations spill over into the food.

            239 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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            1. re: FRS

              My first meal at Moutarde, shortly after they had opened, was absolutely fantastic. We went back twince in the next few months, with each meal getting worse. After the third meal, we called it quits.

              We went back maybe 15 months ago after hearing it had improved again. It was good, but still not enough to get it back into the regular rotation for us.

              I'd never seen such a huge decline so quickly. It still amazes me.

              239 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215