In this city, restaurants come and go faster than you can say "sustainable locavore burger." And even though there are great new additions to the culinary landscape popping up every week, you've gotta give kudos to anyone who can stick it out for over a year. With that in mind, we bring you Still Got It, our tribute to establishments that continue to serve mouthwatering meals and drinks long after the buzz has faded—or if the lingering hype is still justified.
French bistros may have surpassed the novelty threshold in North Brooklyn these days, but this spacious Williamsburg spot has been outdoing the competition with aplomb since 2006. Decor-wise, Le Barricou is a knockout, boasting an elegant bar up front, intimate candlelit tables, and a romantic back room complete with a library and fireplace akin to a rustic country home.
Le Barricou is famous for its weekend brunch—though you'll have to put up with a long wait, your patience is rewarded with dishes like supersize berry-covered pancakes ($10), a stellar apple frittata ($10) made with bacon and gruyere cheese or a classic croque madame ($13), a French grilled cheese sandwich made with ham and topped with a dribbling sunnyside-up egg. Cocktails like Bloody Marys ($8), bellinis ($7) and Kir Royales ($8) round out the meal, and you can also opt for fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice ($3-$5), along with the usual coffee and tea offerings.
But dinner at Le Barricou is no wash, either. Fill up on flavorful hors d’oeuvres like escargot ($9) and mussels mariniere served with frites ($16); the Le Barricou house salad ($10), made with tomato, bacon, parmesan cheese and croutons, is a decadent treat. For entrees, the burger ($13) is a juicy hunk of grass fed Pat la Frieda beef, served with housemade pickles on a buttery brioche roll and paired with a side of frites. And the Coq au van is a delight, chicken cooked in rich red wine with lardon, baby carrots, pearl onions and a creamy potato puree.
The restaurant also has a number of classic cocktails and signature drinks, like the Scotch-heavy Blood & Sand ($10) and a sweet, hot Bourbon Milk Punch ($10) for cold weather. There's a wide selection of beers, wines and absinthes for your boozing pleasure as well. Best of all, Le Barricou now takes credit cards, so though there's still an ATM machine in the back, you can feast without having to fork over all your $20s.
Le Barricou is located at 533 Grand Street between Union Ave and Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-7372, lebarricouny.com).