Don’t pass this Moutarde! Fifth Ave. bistro is better than ever

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Just in time for Bastille Day, the irrepressible Bruno Berrebi has completely transformed his excellent restaurant, Moutarde, into a more casual bistro, Moutarde: Le Bistro de la Rue.

We’ve always loved Berrebi’s Fifth Avenue joint, so we were un petit concerned that the switcheroo would leave us underwhelmed. But we were just being neurotic. The menu retains some of our favorite “Moutarde classics,” such as mussels mariniere and hanger steak, while adding in an entirely new category: les poelees.

Chef Martial Poilbout fills these “silver pans” — a mainstay in French bistros — with a mini three-course meal. Standouts include seared scallops with butternut squash and zucchini, a grilled salmon on a bed of vegetables and a shrimp bouillabaisse with some nice, cheese-covered toast.

It’s a great value at $13.95.

Better still, is Berrebi himself. Always quick with the perfect wine recommendation and some bons mots about Sarkozy, Berrebi is the ultimate host, moving about the dining room like everyone’s best friend.

The newly designed interior — much less stuffy than before — even includes some cheeky wit on the wall next to the toilet (we won’t spoil the joke here, but check it out).

Also, don’t skip the homemade eclairs for dessert.

Moutarde: Le Bistro de la Rue [239 Fifth Ave. at Carroll Street, (718) 623-3600].

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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richie rich from parkslope says:
the best restaturant in park slope- thumps up!
July 13, 2010, 11:25 am
j from parkslope says:
Lipstick on a pig. This restaurant has the worst service ever. Gave it a second shot months later after the original mess of wrong wine, undercooked food and completely forgotten appetizer and I didnt even make it to the table to eat. How many times do you ignore someone waiting at the door, especially when there are open tables. Sorry lazy ass servers you lost this owner a customer. I have told the story to everyone I know in the neighborhood and will continue to do so. Try a place that makes you feel welcome and serves great food Convivium or if you must have french try Canille or AOC
July 29, 2010, 8:46 am
Clare from ParkSlope says:
It has the worse service ever, after waiting 10 minutes to be sited, "The Owner" and with attitude trow away the menus on the table after sited. what kind of attitude is that? Never come back again and to top do not recommend this at all.
Sept. 22, 2010, 9:07 pm
Kelly from Park Slope says:
Las Vegas meets Park Slope... and not in a good way.
The food was decent, but I am not sure why they felt the need to change the decor (which was Moutarde's strongest suit) before the renovation. The service was pretty good, but the owner behaved badly-- mr. bruno has one of the worst approaches I have ever encountered from a restauranteur. His lousy attitude was the only authentically french thing about our experience.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:14 am

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