135 North 5th St (Beford St)
City: Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 388-9222
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Cuisine: French (Bistro)
For a Sunday brunch that can’t be beat, make the trip to Juliette, located just a couple of blocks from the Bedford Avenue L train (Bedford and North 5th Street). The atmosphere will practically dazzle you—I felt as though I had slipped from states-side to a classy Paris bistro. The main dining room is illuminated by natural light through a greenhouse- style ceiling with potted vines trailing down from above, which gives the place a romantic, old-country feel. There is also a beautiful outdoor dining patio on the roof, which is open during the warm seasons.
The service is snappy, friendly, and very helpful. I was impressed with how quickly everyone in our large party was served. The brunch is certainly the highlight of the restaurant, with options in the $11-$14 range. The Tunisian Breakfast ($12) is an excellent option: it comes with two fried farm eggs, toasted semolina bread, chickpeas, wilted spinach, piquillo pepper & harissa (a delicious spicy sauce). For a distinctly French experience, try the Croque-Monsieur, a ham & swiss cheese on homemade brioche (with home fries), or the Croque-Madame (comes with an egg). My personal favorite is the Roasted Banana French Toast ($13), which is a French toast that has somehow been stuffed with roasted bananas, candied, toasted walnuts and homemade maple syrup. My mouth waters just thinking of it!
For a fancy drink, I recommend the L’Orange Juliette (Solerno blood orange, Amaretto, Frangelico, fresh orange juice and club soda). The chic setting and the service here definitely make it worth every penny. Bon appetit!
Review By: Sara Bartley