Le Barricou

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Le Barricou Le Barricou in Brooklyn's Williamsburg is a chic bistro with great French food & cocktails. Take a trip to southern France via Brooklyn with Party Earth. New York United States 40.711179 -73.950022
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Le Barricou - Bar | French Restaurant in New York.
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Party Earth Review Though located on an unassuming stretch of Grand Street that’s abundant with beauty salons and Chinese take-out, chic bistro Le Barricou adds a hearty dose of southern France to Brooklyn. A popular first (second…fiftieth... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11am–4pm and 6pm–midnight, F 11am–4pm and 6pm–2am, Sa 10am–2am, Su 10am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Le Barricou Review

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Le Barricou in Brooklyn's Williamsburg is a chic bistro with great French food & cocktails. Take a trip to southern France via Brooklyn with Party Earth.

Though located on an unassuming stretch of Grand Street that’s abundant with beauty salons and Chinese take-out, chic bistro Le Barricou adds a hearty dose of southern France to Brooklyn.

A popular first (second…fiftieth) date spot, the expansive venue offers a rustic countryside ambiance with lots of natural light, mounted bookcases and vintage mirrors, and dark leather stools that run down the lengthy bar, while enormous bouquets of scotch broom are piled high near the entrance.

During the week an eclectic mix of families, funky couples, and European imports gather for a lunch of croque madames or mac gratinée, and a similar crowd returns for dinner to join the well-heeled hipsters snapping up shrimp linguine and rabbit gnocchi over classic cocktails and free-flowing carafes of wine.

Slender tables, each dotted with a tiny bouquet of fresh flowers, hug the butter-yellow walls and scatter into the inordinately cozy back room, which features oversized armchairs, larger group seating, and the warm embrace of an old wood-burning stove.

Wait times are unavoidable during brunch, perhaps the most popular time here, when mason jars full of Bloody Marys and mimosas mingle with steaming cups of coffee as hungover friends revive themselves with eggs florentine and French toast.

Ideal for everything from wowing the in-laws to catching up with old friends, Le Barricou is dapper, delicious, and damn worth a visit.

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Tip from Emma:

Grab a spot near the fireplace in Le Barricou's back room and try the Absinthe Drip. It's a little pricey ($11–$14), but it's so strong you can just sip and savor it for a long while. Also, remember that the venue is cash only, so come prepared if you don’t want to get dinged by the ATM in back.

  • Crowd

    Couples on dates, creative professionals, tattooed artists, young gaggles of brunch lovers, families, French expats, and bearded dudes with their funky lady fairs, early 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient soundtrack highlights yesteryear crooners like Édith Piaf and Bessie Smith, as well as shoegaze indie.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of authentic French country cuisine, including steak au poivre, Berkshire pork chops, coq au vin, and burgers with pommes frites. Brunch served until 4pm on weekends.

    Back room available for rental. Cash only. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $8–$14, appetizers $8–$10+, entrées $8–$19, desserts $6–$7. Beer $4–$22, wine $7–$12/glass or $28–$63+/bottle, cocktails $8–$14.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual-chic: flannel, button-downs, cords, vests, fitted sweaters, skinny jeans, boots, blouses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night after 6pm for a full and festive house, with the usual big weekend dinner crowds surpassed only by brunch, when wait times up to an hour are normal.

  • Close By

    Manna (572 Grand Street) is a 24-hour falafel joint that can serve as a cheap and delicious finale to a night of carousing and cocktails.

Le Barricou User Reviews

Average rating:
Great food, terrible service
Tuda S. May 20, 2013
I ate at Le Barricou on a Friday night and was seated in the open window in the front (this was nice because it was super hot inside). The lighting is warm, romantic even, and the seats and table settings are mismatched, which I thought was charming and homey. I ordered the Steak Frites and soup du jour, which was hot butternut squash served inside of an acorn squash. How cute, right? Well, about an hour and fifteen minutes after ordering, it arrived with a produce sticker floating around inside. The waitress refused to replace it and to add insult to injury, did not even remove the item from the bill. The steak, however, was cooked perfectly and the hand cut fries on the side were delicious. I paid extra for a peppercorn sauce that went with another steak, but it was bitter and bland, and lacked any luster whatsoever. I recommend eating here if you can handle discourteous service because the food actually is very good.
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