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502 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231
nr. Nelson St.
By DPinNY on 3/20/2012
On a trip to New York last year we found this place by chance, loved it and returned many times during our visit. Back again in NY we came for brunch this Sunday morning bringing friends with us. It wasn't a good experience. Quite a number of extra tables had been crammed into the back area. Our food - four brunches - was mediocre, poorly presented. The service was decidedly strange. The waiter refused to serve us pastries with our coffee - in fact he told us they didnt have any pastries even though we'd walked passed cases of them on our way in! So what was all that about? We were a decent well behaved group with money to spend & still a bit hungry. Not in the mood to make a fuss we simply took ourselves elsewhere to finish off our brunch. But don't you worry, we won't bother you with our custom again. You've gotten greedy and sloppy and surely in a city of 8 million you can find waiting staff with a bit of a brain, business savvy and some customer skills. Such a shame - you were previously so good
Great food, experience!
By JustineG04 on 1/16/2011
A friend recommended this place and she's always on point! The decor was great, the food was wonderful (pancakes and omelets were ordered) and our waitress was nice. I would definitely recommend this place to others. Great for dates!
What a Great Place to Stumble Upon!
By Allison Reilly (NY MAG) on 4/25/2010
We actually found this place by chance. We stumbled upon it as it were. The joint is like a little hidden oasis in the middle of Carroll Gardens. As you walk in, it is nice, but nothing really out of the ordinary. It is slightly cramped with the large counter and minimal seating. However, when you reach the back of the cafe, you find a curious and beautiful indoor garden/patio full of tables, trees made of steel, a waterfall, a fire place and a million other details that only come to your attention as you visit often. The last time I was there with family visiting from out of town, my niece noticed there is an electric train which travels along the top of the door to the patio and makes its way around the entire cafe. I have only been here for brunch and have left satisfied after every single visit. The food is good. Very good. Their French toast is wonderful as is their steak and eggs. In reality, their brunch menu is not anything out of the ordinary in terms of the types of fare they offer. But they do it well. The only drawback I have with this place is the service, although very friendly, can be slow.
Easy, enjoyable, and affordable cafe
By alevitov on 12/14/2008
The high ceilings and bright, garden-like atmosphere of the main dining area would alone make it worth a trip to Le Petit Cafe. And while the menu offerings are fairly standard fare, the food is perfectly prepared, nicely presented, and served quickly (even during the busy hours of Sunday brunch). Prices are more than reasonable, beginning with an omelet with potatoes and toast for $5.95.
By Reality on 4/6/2008
This place is very charming, warm, and inviting. The back room opens up in to a beautiful garden-like specious room with skylights and wall waterfalls. There are cobble stone floors and tiny tables with flowers and little nooks perfect for a great book and a late. No it might not be a foddies paradise, but it is a cute and cozy place, where the prices are affordable, the people are friendly, and the food is adequate.
charming neighborhood place
By brooklynr on 1/19/2008
Best place to stop for coffee in the neighborhood. Always friendly and quick service for take out orders in the morning. The garden is an elaborate, one-of-a-kind affair, and a very relaxing place to have brunch. The owners are always adding new details to the decor. The garden service can sometimes be slow, but servers are always friendly and well meaning. We love this neighborhood place.
Pretty Darn Good
By emh on 12/8/2007
I am shocked at the poor reviews here, especially with regards to service. Since moving to the neighborhood, I have gone to Le Petit almost every morning for coffee and several times a week for breakfast and dinner. The food is great, the staff is super friendly and accomodating (even lending me their ladder when I needed to decorate my Christmas tree last year), and my only complaint is the long line some mornings that makes me skip my caffeine fix in favor of getting to work on time. Sometimes service is a bit slow but never unfriendly. It is a great go to for breakfast (great egg dishes, though the potatoes are meh), lunch & dinner (amazing fries, great arugula salad, solid sandwiches and paninis). Do not let other reviewers scare you off, this place is pretty solid.
great family place
By schmeckygreen on 6/13/2005
went there with the kids, and the incredibly friendly staff tolerated my unruly brood...the food was on the upper end of the good scale, and the price was a bargain..
They are such jerks!
By maurice_the_pants_ma on 6/14/2004
The food is fine...if it ever comes! and if you have an appetite after being lulled into nausea from the hunger of waiting. don't even bother though, becuase the waitstaff is unattentive and rude, which they probably get from the management which which when told of the above problem proceeded to chastize the customer. that's right, it's my fault the food was late. duh.
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