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French >Petite Crevette
144 Union St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123140.683811 -74.001841
Daily 11:30am-2:30pm; 6pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Columbia Street Waterfront District
Fresh seafood is the name of the game here, cooked in after the French fashion and very well. There are few, if any, French seafood restaurants in New York and the neighborhood is lucky to have one this good. Better still, a BYOB policy allows you to drink much better wine with your meal than most of us would normally be able to afford. The usual Brooklyn service is in full effect, but that's the only downside.
Flawed – Great food. TERRIBLE SERVICE. It's byob, which is actually kind of nice. However, it took our waitress on a not very busy Tuesday night over 30 minutes to bring us wine glasses and open the wine for us after we were seated. Our cold appetizer (haricot verts mixed green salad) took 45 minutes. Entrees took another hour. In this time we finished our wine and were ready to knaw on the table.
Another pet peeve: the cioppino. A delicious, hearty seafood stew with a very generous half lobster. Inedible. The catch- no way to get to the meat! As a matter of policy, they refuse to offer customers a seafood cracker so you can actually get to this delicious lobster meat. I sent mine back to the kitchen to open for me (also no knife or tiny fork) and the waitress gave me an attitude. WTF? If I was a waitress and management refused to provide crackers for the shellfish, I would carry my own to offer to customers.
WOW!!! Remembrance of home – After reading the great reviews of this restaurant I decided it will be nice to visit after my graduation. Well to my Delight it was some of the best food me and my party ever had. The food was exquisite, service was exceptional and the ambiance reminded my mother of small cafes back home. I highly recommend this gem to ANYONE; you will sure find a dish you will enjoy!!! I will go there again
great spot – My husband and I went there for my birthday. The place was very cozy. The service was friendly and propmt. The food was delicious. The seafood soup is TO DIE FOR!!! My husband had the skirt steak with peppercorn sauce. He also enjoyed it. I would only recommend that one call before going. The restaurant is extremely small; but worth the wait.
Some of the best seafood in NYC – We decided to go here a few weeks ago after seeing it was rated one of the top new restaurants in NYC in 2006 on this site. The seafood was so fresh and wonderfully prepared. The scallops and snapper were among the best we have ever had. The restaurant is BYOB (with a small corking fee), so be sure to bring your favorite bottle of wine with you. It is a very small place, but they are in the process of expanding. We will definitely return to this gem in Carroll Garden!
Excellent seafood at a tiny restaurant!!! – The place is very small but they are expanding to the shore next door during dinnertime. There is not much decor but the seafood is excellent and the price is reasonable. The chef is very accommodating and you can actually talk to him directly on what you want. The scallop and the bass are my favorite.
food may be good but not worth it at all – we went with a party of 9 on New Years eve '06-07. the guy serving us which i assume may in fact be the owner was rude and unhelpful. there was another party of 5 and a party of 2 in the restaurant.
to say the service was slow is an understatement. iw ould put it more in terms of incompetent. we brought wine which although a there is a corking fee, languished in the back for a loooong time.
this waiter/owner/manager type guy was unable to get the orders correct on a prix fixe meal. when I showed my irritation - after a all this had been going on for some time - with his not having cooked my dinner as he had the wrong order (also the appetizer mind you) he became extremely confrontational asking me in a snotty tone: "well, what do you want me to do about it now sir?"
i canceled my order altogether as i was furious at his 'get in face' action. I sure ain't giving this cat a dime.
when the bill arrived he also 'forgot' to subtract the deposit that we gave in cash earlier that day and also forgot that we left $60 in cash, not $50. geez. anything else?
I give this a 1 as the food was good (of what i tasted from others) It wasn't so much his incompetence but his "i really don't care at all' attitude. however good the food, it's not worth the hassle and this guy's hubris and obnoxious disposition. it's nyc. lots of other great choices.
Fresh fish + French cooking = Great meal – This place is so intimate that if the chef hears your query, he can answer it himself. He freshly prepares all of the fish dishes -- there are no prep stations, line cooks, etc. so if the place were full you could imagine a bit of a wait for your meal. The striped bass was delicious and the salmon was excellent. Other dishes to try are the red snapper in a saffron broth, a unique salmon paillard, or a whole fish grilled -- entrees are in the $16-$20 range. The sides of buttery mashed potatoes and string beans are good. The restaurant also does a bustling take-out business and the salmon and tuna burgers with frites seemed like popular orders at $10-$12 per pop. Bring your own Sauvignon Blanc -- your waiter will bring you wine glasses and serve you. Overall a very good value. Be glad its tucked away in Carroll Gardens - if it were in Manhattan, you'd be fogging the window pane looking in.
A Brooklyn favorite for ultra-fresh fish is reborn in Carroll Gardens. – The Scene
Owner Neil Ganic originally opened Petite Crevette in Brooklyn Heights as the casual little sister to La Bouillabaisse in Brooklyn Heights. After being closed for a few years, both restaurants have relocated to Carroll Gardens. The aqua-blue space, minimally decorated with antique lanterns and fish-themed art, is no bigger than a boat cabin--convenient for Ganic's loyal, mostly local fan base, who can read the single handwritten menu from anywhere in the restaurant.
The daily-changing menu inspires instant devotion. Crab cakes, fluffy and flavorful, compete with those from a Maine roadside shack, while fried oysters are richly satisfying without excessive heaviness. Pan-seared trout is delicate and moist, while a salmon filet is so flavorful, it barely needs its light mustard seasoning--and might just trigger a fantasy of the nearby BQE as a raging river. If available, the fig and blue cheese appetizer makes a light and lovely dessert.
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