New Greenpoint restaurant Le Fond has a lot going for it before the first plate of food even arrives at the table. The sun-drenched eatery, which took over for Polish spot Antek (the former owner is a silent partner in the new venture), exudes the Neighborhood Spot vibe with its bright, cheerful interior that beckons for lingering brunches and wine-filled dinners. The distinctive blue walls and warm wooden furniture lend a cozy, New England type of atmosphere, which makes sense considering chef and owner Jake Eberle grew up in Maine.
Between childhood and the present, Eberle cut his teeth in kitchens like Lambs Club, a more in-your-face-type of environment than the one he's cultivating at his own place. The opening dinner menu boasts simple, neo-bistro fare, which Eberle tells Greenpointers means "resourceful chefs who’re doing as much as possible on their own and attracting a dining audience who’re receptive to whatever’s happening in the kitchen."
Think dishes like marinated mussels with white beans, tomato confit and fennel ($9), rabbit terrine with golden delicious mustard and hazelnuts ($14) and duxelles-stuffed chicken served over creamed broccoli with broccoli stem jus ($19). Some of those big chef words sounds hifalutin, but the food speaks a more common tongue on the plate, with simple flavors and expertly prepared proteins.
The beverage menu skews simple as well, with two draft beers, a few bottles and cans and a tightly curated list of French and California wines. During happy hour, snag the draft beer and wine for half price, plus snacks like the cheese beignets (3 for $1), seen above, filled with a French mornay cheese sauce. The restaurant also boasts a cute bar area in the back, set up a few stairs from the main dining area.
105 Norman Avenue, 718-389-6859; website. The restaurant is currently open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday with daytime service coming soon.