Abistro

★★★★★
African and French cuisine in a wonderful bistro setting in Fort Greene.
  • 154 Carlton Ave

    Brooklyn, NY 11205

    Cross street: at Myrtle Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 718-855-9455

About Abistro

Hours
Tue-Thu, 6pm-10:30pm; Fri, 6pm-midnight; Sat, 10am-3:30pm and 6pm-midnight; Sun, 10am-3:30pm and 6pm-10:30pm; Mon, closed
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I've never left a restaurant review, but after my visit to this place, I think people ought to hear my honest opinion.

Service: Pretty good service, even though the waiter was on a cell phone when we walked in, and while he brought us

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★★★★★

I've never left a restaurant review, but after my visit to this place, I think people ought to hear my honest opinion.

Service: Pretty good service, even though the waiter was on a cell phone when we walked in, and while he brought us

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I recently went to abistro and tried the mussels, amazing hands down, also Melissa the waitess was amazing

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★★★★★

I recently went to abistro and tried the mussels, amazing hands down, also Melissa the waitess was amazing

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This place is quite interesting because you bring your own booze. I got the calamari and the salmon, which was delicious. The atmosphere was nice, and the staff made me feel welcomed. The place is cozy and clean, and the food is worth a try. What other place do you know that's BYOB?

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★★★★☆

This place is quite interesting because you bring your own booze. I got the calamari and the salmon, which was delicious. The atmosphere was nice, and the staff made me feel welcomed. The place is cozy and clean, and the food is worth a try. What other place do you know that's BYOB?

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i really liked it and enjoyed myself . . . the person who helped me was awesome and very friendly

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★★★☆☆

i really liked it and enjoyed myself . . . the person who helped me was awesome and very friendly

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I came across Abristo in the most interesting of ways. I asked a woman whom I really fancied n wanted to impress to pick the country she'd like to eat in for our first date n when she responded with Senegal, to say the least I was a bit dumbfounded. Senegalese was a cuisine I had never tried nor knew much about, so I was a bit thrown off my footing. With a few calls to some fellow foodies I realized I kept being told the same name ? Abistro! Abistro! Abistro! Each review more grandiose than the last of this Senegalese/French fusion restaurant n please understand that the term fusion is used in the best sense and practice of the word in this case. I did some research on my own, stopped by the restaurant, and during an afternoon stroll in the area (Recon), Cassandra the owner was so helpful in explaining EVERYTHING on the menu, mind you they were closed at the time. My date and I returned later that evening to the quaint restaurant with its white washed exterior and no large signage, but huge front glass windows and door that lead you into a warm dark wooded floor with candle lit tables n an open kitchen that let you see Abdoul the chef doing what he does best in all his glory. We took our seats n had one of the best meals ever. We literally ordered 85% of the menu n with each course offering we sat more impressed than the last - from the mussels in a sauce so good I could eat it every day of this cold winter and step out to conquer the world, to the short rib that until that exact moment the saying ?melts in your mouth? was to me just a creative description until this short rib did exactly that, n then we had the warm bread pudding a la mode, I think with all the water that?s just filled my mouth with just the mere thought of it I don?t have to say much more. The young lady n I are no longer together, but it still stands as her best date n meal to date n I still eat here at least three times a month. Plain n simply ? Abistro is the best. Period. Fin. Done.

2
★★★★★

I came across Abristo in the most interesting of ways. I asked a woman whom I really fancied n wanted to impress to pick the country she'd like to eat in for our first date n when she responded with Senegal, to say the least I was a bit dumbfounded. Senegalese was a cuisine I had never tried nor knew much about, so I was a bit thrown off my footing. With a few calls to some fellow foodies I realized I kept being told the same name ? Abistro! Abistro! Abistro! Each review more grandiose than the last of this Senegalese/French fusion restaurant n please understand that the term fusion is used in the best sense and practice of the word in this case. I did some research on my own, stopped by the restaurant, and during an afternoon stroll in the area (Recon), Cassandra the owner was so helpful in explaining EVERYTHING on the menu, mind you they were closed at the time. My date and I returned later that evening to the quaint restaurant with its white washed exterior and no large signage, but huge front glass windows and door that lead you into a warm dark wooded floor with candle lit tables n an open kitchen that let you see Abdoul the chef doing what he does best in all his glory. We took our seats n had one of the best meals ever. We literally ordered 85% of the menu n with each course offering we sat more impressed than the last - from the mussels in a sauce so good I could eat it every day of this cold winter and step out to conquer the world, to the short rib that until that exact moment the saying ?melts in your mouth? was to me just a creative description until this short rib did exactly that, n then we had the warm bread pudding a la mode, I think with all the water that?s just filled my mouth with just the mere thought of it I don?t have to say much more. The young lady n I are no longer together, but it still stands as her best date n meal to date n I still eat here at least three times a month. Plain n simply ? Abistro is the best. Period. Fin. Done.

Pros: Amazing well prepared fresh food, Great service, Simple but beautiful decor, surprisingly gorgeous bathroom

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I don't get out. I work at home. The eateries I'm forced to frequent serve things between bread, or are more open faced and triangular, maybe with peppers. Fortunately, I've got a lot of family around the city. They like to visit, see a show, do some touristy stuff, and go to a really, really, well reviewed restaurant. I am only too happy to engage in the free eats. Often the dishes are nicely prepared, but the service is slow, the atmosphere is pretentious, and the bills, well the bills get real big real quick. Suffice to say, almost all of these meals take place in Manhattan, and at the end of each one while my family is promising to come to Brooklyn sometime, I tell them about this great little restaurant. I tell them the food is Senegalese. I tell them the atmosphere is intimate and charming. I tell them it's tiny. I tell them it's owned and operated by a really nice, gracious couple, and they treat you like family, but unobtrusively (sounds impossible doesn't it?) in warm relaxed fashion. I tell them I've had almost everything on the menu, and everything is not only delicious, but smart. It's surprising and comforting, spicy but tranquil. I tell them it's a combination of African and French done so flawlessly the you really cant tell where one ends and the other begins. I tell them the apps are delightful, and well portioned, I tell them it's affordable (half portions available on most entrees, but go for the full size for 15 to 20 bucks. You'll want it later, just leave room for the bread pudding). I tell them that all my friends go there for their small celebrations. I tell them it's the best meal for my money I've had in NY so far, and then they start listening. If Im spending my own money on a nice meal, they listen, but they still won't come to Brooklyn.

2
★★★★★

I don't get out. I work at home. The eateries I'm forced to frequent serve things between bread, or are more open faced and triangular, maybe with peppers. Fortunately, I've got a lot of family around the city. They like to visit, see a show, do some touristy stuff, and go to a really, really, well reviewed restaurant. I am only too happy to engage in the free eats. Often the dishes are nicely prepared, but the service is slow, the atmosphere is pretentious, and the bills, well the bills get real big real quick. Suffice to say, almost all of these meals take place in Manhattan, and at the end of each one while my family is promising to come to Brooklyn sometime, I tell them about this great little restaurant. I tell them the food is Senegalese. I tell them the atmosphere is intimate and charming. I tell them it's tiny. I tell them it's owned and operated by a really nice, gracious couple, and they treat you like family, but unobtrusively (sounds impossible doesn't it?) in warm relaxed fashion. I tell them I've had almost everything on the menu, and everything is not only delicious, but smart. It's surprising and comforting, spicy but tranquil. I tell them it's a combination of African and French done so flawlessly the you really cant tell where one ends and the other begins. I tell them the apps are delightful, and well portioned, I tell them it's affordable (half portions available on most entrees, but go for the full size for 15 to 20 bucks. You'll want it later, just leave room for the bread pudding). I tell them that all my friends go there for their small celebrations. I tell them it's the best meal for my money I've had in NY so far, and then they start listening. If Im spending my own money on a nice meal, they listen, but they still won't come to Brooklyn.

Pros: Great value, interesting fare, extremely intimate.

Cons: Intimacy also means little seating. Don't bring the friends you only kind of like.

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If you're ever in Fort Greene, in fact, even if you're not in the neighborhood this little gem of a restaurant would be well worth a venture into the outer boroughs. Those who know, folks are always looking for new spots in that neighborhood to liven up the 'Fulton or DeKalb tonight?' debate...Bistro (as it is affectionately called) is your answer. Restaurant is owned and operated by a husband-wife team (and an occasional cameo by their daughter) and literally feels like you're in their home. The service is delightful, provided you luck out and can actually get a table, and the food is delicious. The Senegalese fried chicken with sweet jasmine rice patty is insane. The akara (black-eyed peas/codfish fritter), the apricot goat cheese mixed greens and the killer bread pudding....again, all equally insane. All of the dishes that I've tried are cleverly and meticulously seasoned, beautifully presented and 'wiggle your toes' kinda comforting! If you're not a fan of the spicy or the creamy you may want to let that be known up front w/the hostess/waitress/owner (all the same person...you go girl!). I'm honored to be the first to review and hope everyone enjoys Bistro as much as we do. Best of luck to you guys.

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★★★★★

If you're ever in Fort Greene, in fact, even if you're not in the neighborhood this little gem of a restaurant would be well worth a venture into the outer boroughs. Those who know, folks are always looking for new spots in that neighborhood to liven up the 'Fulton or DeKalb tonight?' debate...Bistro (as it is affectionately called) is your answer. Restaurant is owned and operated by a husband-wife team (and an occasional cameo by their daughter) and literally feels like you're in their home. The service is delightful, provided you luck out and can actually get a table, and the food is delicious. The Senegalese fried chicken with sweet jasmine rice patty is insane. The akara (black-eyed peas/codfish fritter), the apricot goat cheese mixed greens and the killer bread pudding....again, all equally insane. All of the dishes that I've tried are cleverly and meticulously seasoned, beautifully presented and 'wiggle your toes' kinda comforting! If you're not a fan of the spicy or the creamy you may want to let that be known up front w/the hostess/waitress/owner (all the same person...you go girl!). I'm honored to be the first to review and hope everyone enjoys Bistro as much as we do. Best of luck to you guys.

Pros: delicious food, amazing service

Cons: not too many true low fat options, byob

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We came here for dinner in a party of four. The restaurant refused to take a reservation and we felt they were a bit rude on the phone. Upon arrival, we were seated within a few minutes. The restaurant is BYOB. The service is not exceptional but effective. The restaurant is very small (seats fewer than 20), clean, and conducive to a friendly conversation. It would also likely be good for a low key romantic evening. The food is above average. The steak and mussels were quite good. The fish, however, was not especially impressive. Overall, I would recommend this place if bringing your own wine is important to you.

2
★★★★☆

We came here for dinner in a party of four. The restaurant refused to take a reservation and we felt they were a bit rude on the phone. Upon arrival, we were seated within a few minutes. The restaurant is BYOB. The service is not exceptional but effective. The restaurant is very small (seats fewer than 20), clean, and conducive to a friendly conversation. It would also likely be good for a low key romantic evening. The food is above average. The steak and mussels were quite good. The fish, however, was not especially impressive. Overall, I would recommend this place if bringing your own wine is important to you.

Pros: exotic, byob

Cons: service

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Best Burger Ever! The company is as good as the food!

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★★★★★

Best Burger Ever! The company is as good as the food!

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This tiny restaurant in Ft. Greene is one of the hidden culinary gems of NY. I've been to Abistro a few times, and the food is simply delicious - a rare mix of West African & French food. As a bonus, my boyfriend who is vegetarian had the choice of all the menu items as you can substitute any meat/seafood for tofu. It's also BYOB, which I think is a plus since you can bring what you like to drink for a lot less $$$. There are few tables, and each time I've gone, it was packed, so make sure to call ahead.

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★★★★★

This tiny restaurant in Ft. Greene is one of the hidden culinary gems of NY. I've been to Abistro a few times, and the food is simply delicious - a rare mix of West African & French food. As a bonus, my boyfriend who is vegetarian had the choice of all the menu items as you can substitute any meat/seafood for tofu. It's also BYOB, which I think is a plus since you can bring what you like to drink for a lot less $$$. There are few tables, and each time I've gone, it was packed, so make sure to call ahead.

Pros: Fantastic food, Moderately priced, Very friendly

Cons: Tiny, books up fast

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You MUST try this place -- even though it may be a long haul to get there. The food is delicious -- a tasty combination of African, European and American flavors, with unusual ingredients (sorrell, palm sauce, maffa) and also favorites (fried chicken, salmon, bread pudding). The dishes are plated beautifully, the service is friendly, the value is unbeatable, and the vibe is unique. Great for groups or dates.

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★★★★★

You MUST try this place -- even though it may be a long haul to get there. The food is delicious -- a tasty combination of African, European and American flavors, with unusual ingredients (sorrell, palm sauce, maffa) and also favorites (fried chicken, salmon, bread pudding). The dishes are plated beautifully, the service is friendly, the value is unbeatable, and the vibe is unique. Great for groups or dates.

Pros: Unique Cuisine, Friendly Service, Inexpensive

Cons: Out of the way

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Loved everything about this place. The vibe was wonderful. Friendly, attentive service. But in the end, it's the food that gets you. I actually had a dream about the spiced fries. Plus you can get smaller portions, which gives you the option of trying more than one dish. It was BYOB which kept the check small, but that nonwithstanding, the prices were amazing. If this restaurant were in a fancier neighborhood, the prices would have been twice as much. But, the fact is, it's a family owned place, with great food, great people, and great prices. Go immediately.

2
★★★★☆

Loved everything about this place. The vibe was wonderful. Friendly, attentive service. But in the end, it's the food that gets you. I actually had a dream about the spiced fries. Plus you can get smaller portions, which gives you the option of trying more than one dish. It was BYOB which kept the check small, but that nonwithstanding, the prices were amazing. If this restaurant were in a fancier neighborhood, the prices would have been twice as much. But, the fact is, it's a family owned place, with great food, great people, and great prices. Go immediately.

Pros: great food, wonderful service, nice vibe

Cons: weak air conditioning

 

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