This cute little brasserie is the latest venture for Chef Cyril Renaud, whose Michelin-starred restaurant Fleur de Sel is well-regarded for his approachable presentation of cuisine from Brittany, emphasizing seasonal ingredients. Hence Bar Breton, envisioned as Fleur de Sel's casual counterpart.

Located on Fifth Avenue just north of Madison Square Park, the place opened for breakfast yesterday, where options include an Omelette of Roasted Artichokes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Fried Salsify; and Homemade Brioche French Toast with Berries. Lunch service is expected to start Friday, with dinner starting next Tuesday. Entrees will include Potato Crusted Codfish with Bouillon of Rice, Beans and Smoked Bacon; and Bone Marrow Crusted New York Strip Steak with Shallot Confit and Red Wine Sauce. At all times you'll be able to order the signature dish: galettes, a Breton specialty consisting of thin buckwheat crêpes, filled with savory fillings, then rolled or folded and served.

The ambiance is, naturally, urban rustic, with Windsor bar stools made for the restaurant by Vermont woodworker George Ainley, a menagerie of antique chairs, and "green" accents like booth tables made from reclaimed wood. Old framed photos of Chef Renaud’s French ancestors line the walls, but the star here is the triskele-patterned chandelier featuring 280 antique glasses from the 1920s to the 1950s. (See below.)

Bar Breton // 254 Fifth Avenue (bet 28th & 29th Streets) // (212) 213-4999