Fanny

★★★★☆
An almost Gothic Californian atmosphere and stunning Southern French fare make Fanny one of Williamsburg's favorites.
  • 425 Graham Ave

    Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Cross street: nr. Withers St.

    Map & Directions
  • 718-389-2060

About Fanny

Hours
Mon-Fri, noon-11pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-4pm and 5pm-11pm
4.3529 17
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Great food at very reasonable prices. Their standards are fantastic and the specials never fail to please. Be sure to ask the owners to recommend a wine. The selection is fantastic and they know what they're talking about. A tad small for kids, so you may want to get a baby-sitter. However, a fantastic place to take a date (even if it's a date with the wife :-).

2
★★★★★

Great food at very reasonable prices. Their standards are fantastic and the specials never fail to please. Be sure to ask the owners to recommend a wine. The selection is fantastic and they know what they're talking about. A tad small for kids, so you may want to get a baby-sitter. However, a fantastic place to take a date (even if it's a date with the wife :-).

Pros: Food, Price, Service

Cons: None

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This isn't anyone's idea of destination dining, but if you live in the neighborhood, and don't feel like cooking one night, it's a perfectly sweet little spot. Dishes are a lot like what you could cook at home, but the lovely staff, cute little back garden and general consistency of quality make it worthwhile--plus you don't have to do the dishes afterward.

2
★★★★☆

This isn't anyone's idea of destination dining, but if you live in the neighborhood, and don't feel like cooking one night, it's a perfectly sweet little spot. Dishes are a lot like what you could cook at home, but the lovely staff, cute little back garden and general consistency of quality make it worthwhile--plus you don't have to do the dishes afterward.

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Actually its just not the right place to take kids but where it is. Went there for brunch, the place is kind of small and I noticed others strollers that were definitely in the staff way, they tried to make jokes and worked around but were clearly not happy. We just moved in the neighborhood so I thought it was another Williamsburg attitude place but overall I had a good time and they were nice. The food was good and will for sure be back for a nice evening with my husband when we finally found a babysitter.

2
★★★★★

Actually its just not the right place to take kids but where it is. Went there for brunch, the place is kind of small and I noticed others strollers that were definitely in the staff way, they tried to make jokes and worked around but were clearly not happy. We just moved in the neighborhood so I thought it was another Williamsburg attitude place but overall I had a good time and they were nice. The food was good and will for sure be back for a nice evening with my husband when we finally found a babysitter.

Pros: Cute garden

Cons: Too small and formal for kids

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I frequently eat at Fanny's for brunch and dinner and have a wonderful experience every time. The steak frites (available all day) is wonderful and affordable at $14; the fish sandwich is deliciously crispy; a hamburger I ordered medium was cooked perfectly; the desserts are as sinful and tasty as they should be in a French restaurant. Though I'm not in love with their croque monsieur (try Gribouille instead), my boyfriend loves it. Other reviewers bring up issues with the waitstaff -- though they can seem a bit distant and perhaps even cold, 1) the owners French after all, and 2) I've still never been neglected and have always received my food on time, been asked if I wanted more bread, and had offers to refill our water/other beverages. I wouldn't let rumors of bad service dissuade you from checking out Fanny. Note: There's only one vegetarian entree option at dinner, so we tend to leave our pickier vegetarian friends at home when going to this restaurant. More resourceful vegetarians can make a meal out of their daily vegetarian soups, starter salads, and vegetable sidedishes. And brunch is definately veggie friendly provided one eats eggs!

2
★★★★★

I frequently eat at Fanny's for brunch and dinner and have a wonderful experience every time. The steak frites (available all day) is wonderful and affordable at $14; the fish sandwich is deliciously crispy; a hamburger I ordered medium was cooked perfectly; the desserts are as sinful and tasty as they should be in a French restaurant. Though I'm not in love with their croque monsieur (try Gribouille instead), my boyfriend loves it. Other reviewers bring up issues with the waitstaff -- though they can seem a bit distant and perhaps even cold, 1) the owners French after all, and 2) I've still never been neglected and have always received my food on time, been asked if I wanted more bread, and had offers to refill our water/other beverages. I wouldn't let rumors of bad service dissuade you from checking out Fanny. Note: There's only one vegetarian entree option at dinner, so we tend to leave our pickier vegetarian friends at home when going to this restaurant. More resourceful vegetarians can make a meal out of their daily vegetarian soups, starter salads, and vegetable sidedishes. And brunch is definately veggie friendly provided one eats eggs!

Pros: Food, especially Steak Frites and Fish Sandwich, Prices, Decor

Cons: Sometimes aloof staff (though they're really not that bad), Lonely Patch of Graham Ave.

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The decor is cozy, classy, a little dark, very comfortable. The back room has a lower ceiling and is great for a romantic dinner or a small gathering. One bonus is that I"ve felt comfortable bringing important guests in the evening, and stopping in for lunch while I wait for my laundry. The food has always been fantastic, burgers worth eating burgers for, incredible seafood stew and I've been known to insist that my dining companions get dessert even if they're not in the mood just so they can experience them (you HAVE to try the lavendar custard!!). The only downside I've seen is the service, which ranges from mediocre to a tad-too-casual for the ambience to downright horrible (I think it's the only time I've tipped below a base of 15%. If I'm spending $100 for two people I want bread plates and a clean fork for my entree. And no attitude). I don't know what's up with that as everything else seems very well thought out and cared about. I definitely recommend that you go, for the most part a wonderful experience, but if I keep getting bored, hipster waitstaff I might start looking elsewhere.

P.S. check out the bathroom!

2
★★★★☆

The decor is cozy, classy, a little dark, very comfortable. The back room has a lower ceiling and is great for a romantic dinner or a small gathering. One bonus is that I"ve felt comfortable bringing important guests in the evening, and stopping in for lunch while I wait for my laundry. The food has always been fantastic, burgers worth eating burgers for, incredible seafood stew and I've been known to insist that my dining companions get dessert even if they're not in the mood just so they can experience them (you HAVE to try the lavendar custard!!). The only downside I've seen is the service, which ranges from mediocre to a tad-too-casual for the ambience to downright horrible (I think it's the only time I've tipped below a base of 15%. If I'm spending $100 for two people I want bread plates and a clean fork for my entree. And no attitude). I don't know what's up with that as everything else seems very well thought out and cared about. I definitely recommend that you go, for the most part a wonderful experience, but if I keep getting bored, hipster waitstaff I might start looking elsewhere.

P.S. check out the bathroom!

Pros: An all around cozy, enjoyable experience

Cons: Sub-par waitstaff on several occasions, especially for the price

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I went there last night - and was terribly disappointed! i had a nice fluffy salad of boston lettuce put in front of me and it was actually a salt bomb in diguise!!! My entree - more salt. so much salt. and i like salt!!! The waitsatff was unfriendly if not borderline bizarre - no smiles, no "how is everything?" just a curt, "you want dessert?" To be fair - my boyfriend liked his steak.
i love a nice restaurant experience and feel odd giving such a bad review - but i feel i must warn you!!!

go to La Locanda across the street.

1
★★☆☆☆

I went there last night - and was terribly disappointed! i had a nice fluffy salad of boston lettuce put in front of me and it was actually a salt bomb in diguise!!! My entree - more salt. so much salt. and i like salt!!! The waitsatff was unfriendly if not borderline bizarre - no smiles, no "how is everything?" just a curt, "you want dessert?" To be fair - my boyfriend liked his steak.
i love a nice restaurant experience and feel odd giving such a bad review - but i feel i must warn you!!!

go to La Locanda across the street.

Pros: not too crowded on a sat in williamsburg

Cons: id rather wait 1 hr to eat at dumont or diner.

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Went there last sunday and enjoyed a raspberry lambic, i just came here before for brunch but it seems its going to be my new hang out. Belgium beer end french fries, very nice.

2
★★★★★

Went there last sunday and enjoyed a raspberry lambic, i just came here before for brunch but it seems its going to be my new hang out. Belgium beer end french fries, very nice.

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An overall terrible experience!
After we got over our rude waitress, they fed us average food while charging us $10 for every bottle THEY assured us we can bring.
Then when we found a disgusting olive pit from an eaten olive in our bread basket, the waitress shrugged it off and asked if we wanted more bread!! Who could eat at such a dirty place?!!
Finally when we thought she was making amends with a free dessert for the birthday girl, we were charged for that too!!
Even the crowd in this place was lame. It looks like it stepped right out of midtown and took its insipid drabness to brooklyn.....should have stayed away.
Terribly mediocre with no allure. The only thing this place has going for it is that it's almost next door to the best bar ever!

1
★★★☆☆

An overall terrible experience!
After we got over our rude waitress, they fed us average food while charging us $10 for every bottle THEY assured us we can bring.
Then when we found a disgusting olive pit from an eaten olive in our bread basket, the waitress shrugged it off and asked if we wanted more bread!! Who could eat at such a dirty place?!!
Finally when we thought she was making amends with a free dessert for the birthday girl, we were charged for that too!!
Even the crowd in this place was lame. It looks like it stepped right out of midtown and took its insipid drabness to brooklyn.....should have stayed away.
Terribly mediocre with no allure. The only thing this place has going for it is that it's almost next door to the best bar ever!

Pros: location

Cons: food, service, outrageous corking fee, cash only

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THe food here is awesome, I want newyorkers to see how good this food is . thats my whole point . Showing newyorkers what they are missing

2
★★★★★

THe food here is awesome, I want newyorkers to see how good this food is . thats my whole point . Showing newyorkers what they are missing

Pros: price great drinks food

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on my way there. almost hate to say how much i like it. don't want it to get too crowed. but can't be a total pig.

2
★★★★★

on my way there. almost hate to say how much i like it. don't want it to get too crowed. but can't be a total pig.

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When Fanny opened I was very overwhelmed by the decor, it seemed a little too much for Graham avenue, didnt really want to see my cozy Italian neighborhood becoming as trendy and crowded as Bedford avenue. But they got me. The food is great, home cooking, tasty and not pricy. But most of all, its very comfortable, it gets sometimes packed on the wee-end but its still very welcoming, they do their best to seat you fast or you can hang at the bar, no liquor yet but very soon. They are French but not snob, it seems theyve been here forever, they totally feet and I love it. Long life to you.

2
★★★★★

When Fanny opened I was very overwhelmed by the decor, it seemed a little too much for Graham avenue, didnt really want to see my cozy Italian neighborhood becoming as trendy and crowded as Bedford avenue. But they got me. The food is great, home cooking, tasty and not pricy. But most of all, its very comfortable, it gets sometimes packed on the wee-end but its still very welcoming, they do their best to seat you fast or you can hang at the bar, no liquor yet but very soon. They are French but not snob, it seems theyve been here forever, they totally feet and I love it. Long life to you.

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How nice it would be if the smoked duck (appetizer) would come from poultry and not from pork,and if the microwave would heat up the ordered food totally and not only partialy. The interior decor is nice, the menu is simple,avarage. Desserts are higher quality than the rest of food.

1
★★★☆☆

How nice it would be if the smoked duck (appetizer) would come from poultry and not from pork,and if the microwave would heat up the ordered food totally and not only partialy. The interior decor is nice, the menu is simple,avarage. Desserts are higher quality than the rest of food.

Pros: nice interior, friendly staff, nice desserts

Cons: no signature dish, not enough light

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A friend recently took me to Fanny for a late dinner--it was great! The food is basically French with some interesting variations. I've never had better grilled calamari, and the oxtail was also the best I've ever had. All of the appetizers and entrees we ordered were really good, and our waitress was very attentive. They're still waiting on their liquor license, but if you bring a bottle of wine (we brought whiskey, which was perfect), you're all set. In fact, there's a liquor store 2-3 blocks south of Fanny on Graham. The decor is also on point. The lighting was subdued but not dark, the design is simple and clever. This place definitely rivals a lot of Manhattan (and other Billyburg) restaurants. When you're sick of Diner and Relish, just go a few stops further on the L!

2
★★★★★

A friend recently took me to Fanny for a late dinner--it was great! The food is basically French with some interesting variations. I've never had better grilled calamari, and the oxtail was also the best I've ever had. All of the appetizers and entrees we ordered were really good, and our waitress was very attentive. They're still waiting on their liquor license, but if you bring a bottle of wine (we brought whiskey, which was perfect), you're all set. In fact, there's a liquor store 2-3 blocks south of Fanny on Graham. The decor is also on point. The lighting was subdued but not dark, the design is simple and clever. This place definitely rivals a lot of Manhattan (and other Billyburg) restaurants. When you're sick of Diner and Relish, just go a few stops further on the L!

Pros: Food, Decor, Service

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How did they get such high style in such an ugly neighborhood? Well, I guess thats Williamsburg.
The food here is always great too. We were supprised to find so few tables full this Sunday at brunch. Maybe people don't know it is also a great spot for brunch...? well now you know, it was terrific standard french brunch items done well. I won't mind waiting for a table next time I want brunch here. good luck to em'

2
★★★★★

How did they get such high style in such an ugly neighborhood? Well, I guess thats Williamsburg.
The food here is always great too. We were supprised to find so few tables full this Sunday at brunch. Maybe people don't know it is also a great spot for brunch...? well now you know, it was terrific standard french brunch items done well. I won't mind waiting for a table next time I want brunch here. good luck to em'

Pros: ambiance, food

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menu too limited. burgers, roasted chicken, nothing really jumped out at us. but the duck breast special was great, cooked rare. the best mussels-and-fries deal in the area, even better than at Fada. only one salad on the menu, boring lettuce deal.

both servers (the owners?) seem inexperienced. the woman seemed totally bored. they ought to spend a little more energy getting you excited about the food.

every time the door opened, the place lost half of its heat, which made for cold food. the front door also made a horrible scraping sound.

the design is slate and wood, modern, angular, dark.

needs a little work, but they'll succeed, especially in this restaruant-poor part of williamsburg.

1
★★★☆☆

menu too limited. burgers, roasted chicken, nothing really jumped out at us. but the duck breast special was great, cooked rare. the best mussels-and-fries deal in the area, even better than at Fada. only one salad on the menu, boring lettuce deal.

both servers (the owners?) seem inexperienced. the woman seemed totally bored. they ought to spend a little more energy getting you excited about the food.

every time the door opened, the place lost half of its heat, which made for cold food. the front door also made a horrible scraping sound.

the design is slate and wood, modern, angular, dark.

needs a little work, but they'll succeed, especially in this restaruant-poor part of williamsburg.

Pros: good parking, fast service, quaint

Cons: cold, weird service, menu too limited

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The owners take care great care in running this wonderful place. They manage to deliver consistently great food. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. French bistro food never tasted so good and modern in Williamsburg.

2
★★★★★

The owners take care great care in running this wonderful place. They manage to deliver consistently great food. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. French bistro food never tasted so good and modern in Williamsburg.

Pros: great ambience, great food, prompt service

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Fanny is the perfect neighborhood joint that you've been dreaming of. This small restaurant boasts a very tasteful and sophisticated interior yet it also has a very cozy and comfortable atmosphere where the food is served by its friendly owner and staff. The menu is a fusion of southern french home cooking with spanish cuisine. The food there is lighter, fresher and healthier than your average french bistro but can veer to the exotic for those unfamiliar with the regional cooking. For the moment it's BYOB since they are waiting for their liquor license. It's a great place to have dinner with friends over a bottle of wine. If you prefer to bring your own vintage, this is the time to go to Fanny.

2
★★★★★

Fanny is the perfect neighborhood joint that you've been dreaming of. This small restaurant boasts a very tasteful and sophisticated interior yet it also has a very cozy and comfortable atmosphere where the food is served by its friendly owner and staff. The menu is a fusion of southern french home cooking with spanish cuisine. The food there is lighter, fresher and healthier than your average french bistro but can veer to the exotic for those unfamiliar with the regional cooking. For the moment it's BYOB since they are waiting for their liquor license. It's a great place to have dinner with friends over a bottle of wine. If you prefer to bring your own vintage, this is the time to go to Fanny.

Pros: good food, friendly, romantic

 

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