Province En Boite

★★★☆☆
  • 263 Smith St

    Brooklyn, NY 11231

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  • 718-797-0707

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I mostly come here for the croissants and the pains au chocolat. I have travelled the city far and wide for the best ones and can safely say the best croissants I have ever found were those from Provence en Boite. It helps that the rest

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★★★★★

I mostly come here for the croissants and the pains au chocolat. I have travelled the city far and wide for the best ones and can safely say the best croissants I have ever found were those from Provence en Boite. It helps that the rest

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Not sure what Gerry212 meant when he said that he lived in France many years and he can't believe that Provence En Boite call their food French. There's probably another country called France somewhere on the planet. The one that i'm from (the one with Paris as the capital) has croque monsieurs EXACTLY like the one at Provence en Boite. In fact, when my wife and i first had brunch at Provence en Boite and had the Croque-Monsieur (madame to be exact), our first thought was 'wow, it tastes exactly like the croque-madame at the St Jean (the bistro in the 'Les Abesses' neighborhood in paris where we used to live).'

I also had the french toast, made with brioche bread. Awesome. Our daughter had a crepe which she thoroughly enjoyed, and our son had the charcuterie platter which he also loved.

This isn't supposed to be some uppity high end french restaurant. They're shooting for Bistro, and they're doing a fantastic job in my book, both with the food and with the atmosphere. They also throw in some american brunch classics because they're not uptight, and they do it their own way (the french toast, made with brioche bread for ex).

We live in Berkeley CA, and were visiting NYC for a few days. During our stay, we had brunch/breakfast at Provence En Boite 5 days in a row, if that means anything!

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★★★★★

Not sure what Gerry212 meant when he said that he lived in France many years and he can't believe that Provence En Boite call their food French. There's probably another country called France somewhere on the planet. The one that i'm from (the one with Paris as the capital) has croque monsieurs EXACTLY like the one at Provence en Boite. In fact, when my wife and i first had brunch at Provence en Boite and had the Croque-Monsieur (madame to be exact), our first thought was 'wow, it tastes exactly like the croque-madame at the St Jean (the bistro in the 'Les Abesses' neighborhood in paris where we used to live).'

I also had the french toast, made with brioche bread. Awesome. Our daughter had a crepe which she thoroughly enjoyed, and our son had the charcuterie platter which he also loved.

This isn't supposed to be some uppity high end french restaurant. They're shooting for Bistro, and they're doing a fantastic job in my book, both with the food and with the atmosphere. They also throw in some american brunch classics because they're not uptight, and they do it their own way (the french toast, made with brioche bread for ex).

We live in Berkeley CA, and were visiting NYC for a few days. During our stay, we had brunch/breakfast at Provence En Boite 5 days in a row, if that means anything!

Pros: great bistro food!

Cons: can't think of any

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I dine at provence en boite @ least once a month and have never had a bad experience. The food is always prepared properly & with total perfection. The ambiance is the perfect setting to replace a trip to paris, from the music, to the food, to the friendly owners speaking french. I will certainly be returning to provence en boite soon & recommend anyone to give it a try

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★★★★★

I dine at provence en boite @ least once a month and have never had a bad experience. The food is always prepared properly & with total perfection. The ambiance is the perfect setting to replace a trip to paris, from the music, to the food, to the friendly owners speaking french. I will certainly be returning to provence en boite soon & recommend anyone to give it a try

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Steer clear of this restaurant. The place looks charming and the owners did a great job with the place but the food is very disappointing. I don't think the owner/chef spends much time in the kitchen and the quality of the food obviously suffers from his lack of attention.
They do a really good job of pulling off their French act, but don't be fooled it's all a veneer. Their hot chocolate is overpriced and not worth it. I have lived in france many years and I can't believe that they call their food french.
I don't recognize any of the locals eating there and I don't see any regulars.
Beware!

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★☆☆☆☆

Steer clear of this restaurant. The place looks charming and the owners did a great job with the place but the food is very disappointing. I don't think the owner/chef spends much time in the kitchen and the quality of the food obviously suffers from his lack of attention.
They do a really good job of pulling off their French act, but don't be fooled it's all a veneer. Their hot chocolate is overpriced and not worth it. I have lived in france many years and I can't believe that they call their food french.
I don't recognize any of the locals eating there and I don't see any regulars.
Beware!

Pros: nice terrace

Cons: food, the owners

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I'm a regular...they started getting me hooked with their chocolate croissants...baked fresh daily and ready 9am on the weekend. I'd stop by and also indulge in their hot chocolate, which is so decadent that it quickly became a ritual. I started going for brunch occasionally and now I'm there almost every weekend. I love the place...the atmosphere, food and warm staff is a great combination. The service the staff gives is fantastic...they work hard to get you the table you want, ensure your food is quick and good and keep your tea and coffee all topped up. Keep it up! I love it!

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★★★★★

I'm a regular...they started getting me hooked with their chocolate croissants...baked fresh daily and ready 9am on the weekend. I'd stop by and also indulge in their hot chocolate, which is so decadent that it quickly became a ritual. I started going for brunch occasionally and now I'm there almost every weekend. I love the place...the atmosphere, food and warm staff is a great combination. The service the staff gives is fantastic...they work hard to get you the table you want, ensure your food is quick and good and keep your tea and coffee all topped up. Keep it up! I love it!

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I guess there is no way of stopping reviews from disgruntled former staff (see previous review). I disagree completely. It is a very clean and quaint atmosphere, you can see into the kitchen from the restaurant or from the sidewalk...the kitchen is spotless as are the restrooms which are constantly cleaned. I think if there was a rodent or insect problem it would not be contained to the kitchen area - this is New York!
The food is well prepared and delicious. The owners are very attentive even when the restaurant is packed which tends to be the case on the weekends. I think if the former employee who wrote a very damaging review would have been doing there job, the people waiting for bread, to place their order or receive a bill would not have any complaints either. I personally have not experienced a problem with the waitstaff but that seems to be the common denomiator of any review that is negative.
Give this place a try, you will not be sorry. Homestyle french food prepared to perfection, a great wine list, nice atmosphere and desserts to die for...what more could you ask for?!

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★★★★★

I guess there is no way of stopping reviews from disgruntled former staff (see previous review). I disagree completely. It is a very clean and quaint atmosphere, you can see into the kitchen from the restaurant or from the sidewalk...the kitchen is spotless as are the restrooms which are constantly cleaned. I think if there was a rodent or insect problem it would not be contained to the kitchen area - this is New York!
The food is well prepared and delicious. The owners are very attentive even when the restaurant is packed which tends to be the case on the weekends. I think if the former employee who wrote a very damaging review would have been doing there job, the people waiting for bread, to place their order or receive a bill would not have any complaints either. I personally have not experienced a problem with the waitstaff but that seems to be the common denomiator of any review that is negative.
Give this place a try, you will not be sorry. Homestyle french food prepared to perfection, a great wine list, nice atmosphere and desserts to die for...what more could you ask for?!

Pros: Great food, atmosphere, wine list, and desserts

Cons: none other than you won't want to leave

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I worked at this place as an intern and it was a huge disappointment to see what they do in a "professional" kitchen. Yes, the pastry is delicious but the kitchen is full with rodents, and all kinds of dirty insects. Nobody in the kitchen wears a hat or washes their hands. The vegetarian soup has chicken stock so it isn't really vegetarian and, the worst of all... they use food that has passed its expiration date. Don't go if you love your health.
I alreday saw a review (two reviews ago) of this place that said that they got sick after eating their fish... well, it is true, that fish was probably seating there for a week or something like that.

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★☆☆☆☆

I worked at this place as an intern and it was a huge disappointment to see what they do in a "professional" kitchen. Yes, the pastry is delicious but the kitchen is full with rodents, and all kinds of dirty insects. Nobody in the kitchen wears a hat or washes their hands. The vegetarian soup has chicken stock so it isn't really vegetarian and, the worst of all... they use food that has passed its expiration date. Don't go if you love your health.
I alreday saw a review (two reviews ago) of this place that said that they got sick after eating their fish... well, it is true, that fish was probably seating there for a week or something like that.

Pros: the place is nice

Cons: You will probably die of food poissoning

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I've never posted before by my experience at this place was really unbelievable--in a bad way. We couldn't get in to The Grocery, but this place looked good. It was full inside and out, save 2 tables out front. We snagged one--sat by the guy who would be our waiter. We waited 10 minutes for bread. And that was dropped on our table really abruptly. Then we waited another 10 minutes--finally had to flag down a waiter who said he would send our server over. People around us were talking about dining and dashing--they had waited for their bill so long! We waited another 5-7 minutes (over 25 minutes in total) and after no one even taking our drink order got up and left. We went two doors down to the Indian place because we were starving at that point--not the same atmosphere, but good food and good service. I won't be visiting Provence again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've never posted before by my experience at this place was really unbelievable--in a bad way. We couldn't get in to The Grocery, but this place looked good. It was full inside and out, save 2 tables out front. We snagged one--sat by the guy who would be our waiter. We waited 10 minutes for bread. And that was dropped on our table really abruptly. Then we waited another 10 minutes--finally had to flag down a waiter who said he would send our server over. People around us were talking about dining and dashing--they had waited for their bill so long! We waited another 5-7 minutes (over 25 minutes in total) and after no one even taking our drink order got up and left. We went two doors down to the Indian place because we were starving at that point--not the same atmosphere, but good food and good service. I won't be visiting Provence again.

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A friend just moved in the neighborhood so we decided to grab a bite. We stopped in a what we thought a charming place... oh boy what a HUGE deception it was!

I took the Portobello Mushroom and Goat Cheese and frankly was disappointed: not copious, dull and no real taste given the price...
For my friend it was worse he took the fish of the day who was probably not fresh and had stomach ache to say the least...

Not to mention that the waiters came twice to give us food which was not what we ordered... where is the reknown French service?

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★☆☆☆☆

A friend just moved in the neighborhood so we decided to grab a bite. We stopped in a what we thought a charming place... oh boy what a HUGE deception it was!

I took the Portobello Mushroom and Goat Cheese and frankly was disappointed: not copious, dull and no real taste given the price...
For my friend it was worse he took the fish of the day who was probably not fresh and had stomach ache to say the least...

Not to mention that the waiters came twice to give us food which was not what we ordered... where is the reknown French service?

Pros: Place is well decorated

Cons: Service, Food, Patron yelling at waiters

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I just love eating here. The chef and his wife took the time to come out and conversate with the patrons. It was adorable. I had the price fix with the lamb and soup. I was so happy, it was cooked beautifully and the sauce was sweet and amazing. My friend had the veal and started with the cosi salad, it was out of this world and it make the most perfect starter. Neither of us are the best with wines, but the chefs wife was so plesent and helped us pick out the nicest wine to go with our meal, and she picked wines we could afford, not just the most expensive bottles. It was refreshing to go to a restuarant where they wernt pushing you to spend a fortune. Its good to note that they only take American Express or Cash. It can be a bit annoying to have to leave your friend to go to the ATM. Other than that this meal has been the best overall experience in over six months. I loved the wine, the food, the price, service and of course- my desert.

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★★★★★

I just love eating here. The chef and his wife took the time to come out and conversate with the patrons. It was adorable. I had the price fix with the lamb and soup. I was so happy, it was cooked beautifully and the sauce was sweet and amazing. My friend had the veal and started with the cosi salad, it was out of this world and it make the most perfect starter. Neither of us are the best with wines, but the chefs wife was so plesent and helped us pick out the nicest wine to go with our meal, and she picked wines we could afford, not just the most expensive bottles. It was refreshing to go to a restuarant where they wernt pushing you to spend a fortune. Its good to note that they only take American Express or Cash. It can be a bit annoying to have to leave your friend to go to the ATM. Other than that this meal has been the best overall experience in over six months. I loved the wine, the food, the price, service and of course- my desert.

Pros: Price Fix menu, Great wine list, Friendly owners.

Cons: only takes American Express.

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With so many choices on Smith St, this would not be one I would make again. The chef/owner does not even care about the food. He is a pastry chef! He simply makes the menu sound attractive enough so that people will come in and then end up ordering his pastries. The service is HORRIBLE, and this is coming from a girl who has been a server for years. Some mistakes I can understand, but these people aren't even trying. The menu is overpriced and the food is boring. I ordered the goat cheese omlette, hoping for something unique. I received an egg omlette with a lump of goat cheese in the middle-nothing else to go with it except for a side of greesy potatoes. I didn't finish it and left feeling robbed and jealous of those dining 2 doors down at Patois.

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★☆☆☆☆

With so many choices on Smith St, this would not be one I would make again. The chef/owner does not even care about the food. He is a pastry chef! He simply makes the menu sound attractive enough so that people will come in and then end up ordering his pastries. The service is HORRIBLE, and this is coming from a girl who has been a server for years. Some mistakes I can understand, but these people aren't even trying. The menu is overpriced and the food is boring. I ordered the goat cheese omlette, hoping for something unique. I received an egg omlette with a lump of goat cheese in the middle-nothing else to go with it except for a side of greesy potatoes. I didn't finish it and left feeling robbed and jealous of those dining 2 doors down at Patois.

Pros: sidewalk seating

Cons: poor food, aweful service, only takes American Express

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In my first time walking around this beautiful neighborhood I spoted what looks like a nice little French place, it looks cute and peacefull... Until you return a old FLOURLESS HORRIBLE FREEZERBURNED TASTING CHOCOLATE CAKE... And a crazy French woman jumps out of nowhere to tell you that their chocolate is the best in the world because it comes from France, and that your palate is not refined enough to appreciate the horrible old flavor of the cake, Oh!!! to top it, $7 charge for the worst chocolate ever should just keep you away from this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

In my first time walking around this beautiful neighborhood I spoted what looks like a nice little French place, it looks cute and peacefull... Until you return a old FLOURLESS HORRIBLE FREEZERBURNED TASTING CHOCOLATE CAKE... And a crazy French woman jumps out of nowhere to tell you that their chocolate is the best in the world because it comes from France, and that your palate is not refined enough to appreciate the horrible old flavor of the cake, Oh!!! to top it, $7 charge for the worst chocolate ever should just keep you away from this place.

Pros: Looks kinda good from th eoutside

Cons: Crazy French Lady

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Our family had a lovely brunch here on Father's Day with our 10 month old twin infant daughters. The staff was very accommodating and the weather was beautiful so we ate outdoors in the cafe section. The food was fine and tasty, just like it was on our previous visits. We had the french toast and mushroom omelette, as well as croissants, but there were plenty of other food choices. We recommend this restaurant. There was no service charge. By the time we left (we arrived at opening at around 10am), the restaurant was very busy, which is a testament to its popularity. We recommend this restaurant (we've also had dinner here and also enjoyed our meal).

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★★★★★

Our family had a lovely brunch here on Father's Day with our 10 month old twin infant daughters. The staff was very accommodating and the weather was beautiful so we ate outdoors in the cafe section. The food was fine and tasty, just like it was on our previous visits. We had the french toast and mushroom omelette, as well as croissants, but there were plenty of other food choices. We recommend this restaurant. There was no service charge. By the time we left (we arrived at opening at around 10am), the restaurant was very busy, which is a testament to its popularity. We recommend this restaurant (we've also had dinner here and also enjoyed our meal).

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So the title says it all. They have the best french toast I have ever had and that is saying a lot. That is not the only great thing there either. The quiche is fantastic as is the croque-monsieur. When we were there today we had the chocolate ganache, which is the kind of good that makes you close your eyes and just float away. We have been there a few times and it has been great every time. Leslie, the owner, has been wonderful every time we have been so I am not sure what some of these other reviews are talking about. I am just speculating but maybe these people deserved the attitude they got. We have yet to notice a service charge. As to the prices, they are on par with everything else on Smith (a little pricey but so are the rents). For the quality of the food I think it is worth it.
My wife and I plan to go back often.

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★★★★★

So the title says it all. They have the best french toast I have ever had and that is saying a lot. That is not the only great thing there either. The quiche is fantastic as is the croque-monsieur. When we were there today we had the chocolate ganache, which is the kind of good that makes you close your eyes and just float away. We have been there a few times and it has been great every time. Leslie, the owner, has been wonderful every time we have been so I am not sure what some of these other reviews are talking about. I am just speculating but maybe these people deserved the attitude they got. We have yet to notice a service charge. As to the prices, they are on par with everything else on Smith (a little pricey but so are the rents). For the quality of the food I think it is worth it.
My wife and I plan to go back often.

Pros: authentic tasty french food. the owner is so sweet.

Cons: maybe a little more then I like to spend. a wait for weekend brunch.

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We just sampled Provence en Boite last week for dinner and as Frenchmen who take their food seriously, give a resounding thumbs up ! The food is authentic and reasonably priced, the welcome akin to a true "village" bistro back home and last but certainly not least, the pastries are phenomenal !
So much so that we went back for Mother's Day and bought a whole assortment to take to our friends' brunch party. Let me be frank and say that discerning New York-bred taste buds were also quite enthusiastic about the pastries (especially all the chocolate variations). DON'T WAIT, if you're coming to Brooklyn, stop by Provence en Boite and enjoy !

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★★★★★

We just sampled Provence en Boite last week for dinner and as Frenchmen who take their food seriously, give a resounding thumbs up ! The food is authentic and reasonably priced, the welcome akin to a true "village" bistro back home and last but certainly not least, the pastries are phenomenal !
So much so that we went back for Mother's Day and bought a whole assortment to take to our friends' brunch party. Let me be frank and say that discerning New York-bred taste buds were also quite enthusiastic about the pastries (especially all the chocolate variations). DON'T WAIT, if you're coming to Brooklyn, stop by Provence en Boite and enjoy !

Pros: Authentic bistro fare, reasonable pricing

Cons: Popular on weekends hence wait time

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I have gone to this restaurant many times for both brunch and dinner. Granted, it is very crowded for brunch on the weekends, but it is worth the wait. The "crazy french lady" and her husband/chef are a delight and are always warm and friendly. I have seen them both greeting guests and stopping by tables for a quick chat. The food is always fresh and delicious and the pastry is out of this world. If you're not into waiting, try dinner during the week when its less crowded. Also, very reasonable prices and nice portions. I totally disagree with the bad reviews, I have never had an unpleasant experience here (quite the opposite)and to call place a tourist trap I really don't get (its on Smith Street not in Time Square).

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★★★★★

I have gone to this restaurant many times for both brunch and dinner. Granted, it is very crowded for brunch on the weekends, but it is worth the wait. The "crazy french lady" and her husband/chef are a delight and are always warm and friendly. I have seen them both greeting guests and stopping by tables for a quick chat. The food is always fresh and delicious and the pastry is out of this world. If you're not into waiting, try dinner during the week when its less crowded. Also, very reasonable prices and nice portions. I totally disagree with the bad reviews, I have never had an unpleasant experience here (quite the opposite)and to call place a tourist trap I really don't get (its on Smith Street not in Time Square).

Pros: Good food, good wine, nice owners

Cons: calories

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I must admit that when my husband said he wanted to have dinner at Provence en Boite, I was very skeptical after having read the last two comments posted here.
Call it old fashion way but there is nothing much I hate that being given an attitude when I am a guest wherever I go...
My doubts have started to get dissipated when a broad smile welcome us at the door, sat us right away, take our orders of drinks and brought us some bread and olives to nibble on.
We were both in the mood for seafood and we were proven right in our choice: my husband ordered the bouillabaisse which was amazing and the saffron breads apparently done the right way (never been in Provence) and I enjoyed the halibut in a lemon butter sauce which cooked with crunchy veggies.

No bad surprises, our waiter was nice and friendly, the check came with no extra charge, we even had a delicious glass of orange wine offered to enjoy our desserts!

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★★★★☆

I must admit that when my husband said he wanted to have dinner at Provence en Boite, I was very skeptical after having read the last two comments posted here.
Call it old fashion way but there is nothing much I hate that being given an attitude when I am a guest wherever I go...
My doubts have started to get dissipated when a broad smile welcome us at the door, sat us right away, take our orders of drinks and brought us some bread and olives to nibble on.
We were both in the mood for seafood and we were proven right in our choice: my husband ordered the bouillabaisse which was amazing and the saffron breads apparently done the right way (never been in Provence) and I enjoyed the halibut in a lemon butter sauce which cooked with crunchy veggies.

No bad surprises, our waiter was nice and friendly, the check came with no extra charge, we even had a delicious glass of orange wine offered to enjoy our desserts!

Pros: Romantic lights, attentive staff

Cons: Proximity with neighbors

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Yes the food is nice and the decor looks nice, but beware of the service tip. We ordered brunch in the amount of $30 and we were charged a $20 service charge. The owner even threatened to call the Police when we refused to pay this ridiculous charge. She ended up making a huge show about it even shouting at her waiters, what a nasty lady. Too sad because the food was actually good but the feeling of being robbed has put this place on my never-go-again list.

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★☆☆☆☆

Yes the food is nice and the decor looks nice, but beware of the service tip. We ordered brunch in the amount of $30 and we were charged a $20 service charge. The owner even threatened to call the Police when we refused to pay this ridiculous charge. She ended up making a huge show about it even shouting at her waiters, what a nasty lady. Too sad because the food was actually good but the feeling of being robbed has put this place on my never-go-again list.

Pros: Above average pastries

Cons: Ridiculous service charge, nasty disrespectful patron

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With some friends we decided to try this place after reading the review from nicoloco here in Citysearch. Why oh why didn?t we read the other reviews? Now I wish we had. Get this: 4 people ordered nothing more than eggs for a wonderful $84 brunch!!!. Not only the food is overpriced, but apparently, only by sitting down you get a $5 service charge PER PERSON regardless of what you order. Furthermore, if you don?t leave a tip on top of the $5 service charge PER PERSON, the lady patron goes ?berserk? and I really mean NASTY CRAZY!. She started a complete show trying to embarrass our party when we asked about the outrageous service charge. The guy sitting in the table next to us realized he would be charged $5 extra for ordering only a $3 eclair and got really upset, adding more to the situation. So my final recommendation is that if you enjoy eating $21 eggs while a French lady is yelling at you after she?s plain and simply robbed you, this is the place for you. This restaurant is nothing more than a French tourist trap.

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★☆☆☆☆

With some friends we decided to try this place after reading the review from nicoloco here in Citysearch. Why oh why didn?t we read the other reviews? Now I wish we had. Get this: 4 people ordered nothing more than eggs for a wonderful $84 brunch!!!. Not only the food is overpriced, but apparently, only by sitting down you get a $5 service charge PER PERSON regardless of what you order. Furthermore, if you don?t leave a tip on top of the $5 service charge PER PERSON, the lady patron goes ?berserk? and I really mean NASTY CRAZY!. She started a complete show trying to embarrass our party when we asked about the outrageous service charge. The guy sitting in the table next to us realized he would be charged $5 extra for ordering only a $3 eclair and got really upset, adding more to the situation. So my final recommendation is that if you enjoy eating $21 eggs while a French lady is yelling at you after she?s plain and simply robbed you, this is the place for you. This restaurant is nothing more than a French tourist trap.

Pros: Metal boxes on the walls. That's it.

Cons: Overpriced, $5 service charge per person, disrespectful patron.

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With some friends we decided to try this place after reading the review in Go! Brooklyn. It was one of the most pleasant evening we've had in a long time.

Not only the food was delicately prepared and of a very good quality but the staff was discreet yet attentive.

I took the scallops and my girlfriend the fish of the day (salmon that day), our two other friends ordered the traditional steak frites.
The desserts were scrumptious (I especially recommend the chocolate dome) and when I asked the owner what is her vendor she replied everything is made in the lab downstairs. No wonder why they were so fresh!

I went online to read the reviews already there and I think those people have had one bad experience which can happen especially at brunch.
So try it out and make your own judgement, be blown out by the Provence decorum and the old metal boxes collection!

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★★★★★

With some friends we decided to try this place after reading the review in Go! Brooklyn. It was one of the most pleasant evening we've had in a long time.

Not only the food was delicately prepared and of a very good quality but the staff was discreet yet attentive.

I took the scallops and my girlfriend the fish of the day (salmon that day), our two other friends ordered the traditional steak frites.
The desserts were scrumptious (I especially recommend the chocolate dome) and when I asked the owner what is her vendor she replied everything is made in the lab downstairs. No wonder why they were so fresh!

I went online to read the reviews already there and I think those people have had one bad experience which can happen especially at brunch.
So try it out and make your own judgement, be blown out by the Provence decorum and the old metal boxes collection!

Pros: Food, pastries, ambience, french classics music

Cons: parking, wait for brunches

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We went for brunch and had to wait for a table. Although we were standing in the middle of the restaurant (since there is no place to wait) waiting for 15 minutes, the service staff managed to forget us and seat a couple that walked in the door as a table freed up. Another table opened up next to it and we were finally seated. The staff did not bring menus or waters for at least 10 more minutes. We finally placed our order, after having to ask twice to do so. We were forced to drink the bottled water they leave on the table since we weren't offered anything else ($2.50 for the tiny bottle of Perrier water). The couple next to us got their food and were finished eating before our food was delivered. We were brought the wrong order first, and then we had to inquire about our food since we had been waiting for so long. We also had to stop the server to ask for a refill on our coffee. Our experience was completely miserable, very expensive ($47.00 for 2 for brunch, no alcohol), and the food was nothing special. We will not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went for brunch and had to wait for a table. Although we were standing in the middle of the restaurant (since there is no place to wait) waiting for 15 minutes, the service staff managed to forget us and seat a couple that walked in the door as a table freed up. Another table opened up next to it and we were finally seated. The staff did not bring menus or waters for at least 10 more minutes. We finally placed our order, after having to ask twice to do so. We were forced to drink the bottled water they leave on the table since we weren't offered anything else ($2.50 for the tiny bottle of Perrier water). The couple next to us got their food and were finished eating before our food was delivered. We were brought the wrong order first, and then we had to inquire about our food since we had been waiting for so long. We also had to stop the server to ask for a refill on our coffee. Our experience was completely miserable, very expensive ($47.00 for 2 for brunch, no alcohol), and the food was nothing special. We will not return.

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We were waiting to get seated and they totally forgot about us. Others who got there after we did were seated first. After we were seated we were ignored. I had to get up and get my own menu - ok whatever. After being ignored some more, I had to flag someone down to take our order. It was strange, there are no more than 12 tables there and there were four people waiting tables, yet they all looked like zombie chickens with their heads cut off. After placing an order, they brought us the wrong food. They took the food back and then decided to make an extra special effort to ignore us even more. Tables who were seated a long time after we did were already leaving and others already long gone. I'm not kidding you - we were sitting there for probably an hour - no food - thirsty - waitresses shooting back and forth empty-handed and making sure not to establish eye contact. I eventually had to flag someone down again and ask about our food. It eventually came - I went there for brunch and it felt like I was having dinner since the sun was beginning to set. It's interesting to note that we have not even received any type of apology or even a look of concern from anyone there. I had ordered the $16 sirloin which didn't come with eggs - and I was in the mood for steak & eggs - so I ordered the eggs on the side. When the bill came, they charged me $8 for two measly eggs. Hello people - this is Brooklyn - I can go down the street to get steak WITH eggs AND a cocktail PLUS coffee WITH unlimited refills for ten bucks. Don't go there - they are rude, clueless, not attentive, and overpriced. There are much better places on Smith Street than this wannabe foo foo French bistro. I think the Guantano Bay prisoners get better treatment than you would get at Provence en Boite.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were waiting to get seated and they totally forgot about us. Others who got there after we did were seated first. After we were seated we were ignored. I had to get up and get my own menu - ok whatever. After being ignored some more, I had to flag someone down to take our order. It was strange, there are no more than 12 tables there and there were four people waiting tables, yet they all looked like zombie chickens with their heads cut off. After placing an order, they brought us the wrong food. They took the food back and then decided to make an extra special effort to ignore us even more. Tables who were seated a long time after we did were already leaving and others already long gone. I'm not kidding you - we were sitting there for probably an hour - no food - thirsty - waitresses shooting back and forth empty-handed and making sure not to establish eye contact. I eventually had to flag someone down again and ask about our food. It eventually came - I went there for brunch and it felt like I was having dinner since the sun was beginning to set. It's interesting to note that we have not even received any type of apology or even a look of concern from anyone there. I had ordered the $16 sirloin which didn't come with eggs - and I was in the mood for steak & eggs - so I ordered the eggs on the side. When the bill came, they charged me $8 for two measly eggs. Hello people - this is Brooklyn - I can go down the street to get steak WITH eggs AND a cocktail PLUS coffee WITH unlimited refills for ten bucks. Don't go there - they are rude, clueless, not attentive, and overpriced. There are much better places on Smith Street than this wannabe foo foo French bistro. I think the Guantano Bay prisoners get better treatment than you would get at Provence en Boite.

Pros: If you're a masochist - this is the place for you

Cons: Not enough room to type them all

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After reading a great review in the NY Times, I decided to dine here. To my surprise, I was turned away by the waitress, saying that they had no tables, but there were many empty tables. What's up with that! I'll never go back....

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading a great review in the NY Times, I decided to dine here. To my surprise, I was turned away by the waitress, saying that they had no tables, but there were many empty tables. What's up with that! I'll never go back....

Pros: Great reviews

Cons: Rude staff. Can't get a table even when the restaurant is empty

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Provence En Boite offers a taste of France in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. Breakfast service starts off with croissants and omelets, while lunch offers salads, baguette sandwiches and crepes. The dinner menu features classic…

 

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