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Canaille Bistro Francais

78 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217 40.680591 -73.977661
nr. Prospect Pl.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-789-8899 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

B, Q at Seventh Ave.



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American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Full Bar


Not Accepted


This venue is closed.

On a bistro-dense stretch of Fifth Avenue, Canaille keeps a cozy house with ten tables; a short, careful menu showcasing fresh, seasonal offerings; and a carefully curated wine list. Co-owner and Paris native Philippe de Crespi spent twenty years as a sommelier and fine-wine broker; the racks at Canaille are occupied by bottles from organic farmers operating small wineries in the south of France, many using biodynamic methods. On the gastronomical side, entrées feature Greenmarket ingredients and time-tested favorites, like a generous bowl of garlicky mussels with thin-cut, newsprint-wrapped frites, and a fresh, colorful salad of local organic chiogga, formanova, and golden beets dressed with sherry vinaigrette. The bistro’s candlelit confines are sober and simple, with dark-wood wainscoting, a white tin ceiling, and butcher-paper-draped tables.

Plus du Vin

No tea or coffee is served—the better to whet your thirst for wine, including a $1,250 bottle of Chateau Leoville las Cases 1986, rated 100 points by wine expert Robert Parker.

Recommended Dishes

Organic beet salad, $9; moules frites, $16