298 Bedford Ave (Grand St & 1st St)
City: Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (347) 335-0446
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Chef: Jared Stafford-Hill
2nd Cuisine: Wine Bars
Maison Premiere will have you feeling like you've just taken a step back in time. The restaurant turns up the charm with elegant crown moldings, fireplace and wood-plank floors that offer the feel of a Paris cafe. The centerpiece is an Absinthe fountain which once flowed at the Olde Absinthe House in New Orleans.
Raw oysters also shine. Two dozen varieties from Maine to Washington are offered, along with the "La Grande" plateau, a tower of seafood bustling with caviar, oysters, clams, crab, lobster, scallop and shrimp. Dinner brings Alaskan king crab with warm lobster butter, Oysters Rockefeller with absinthe and spinach, and Wagyu Beef Tartare served with a Worcestershire sauce chutney. Large plates include an Old Spot Pork Porterhouse with horseradish cream, and Swordfish with pumpkin, mushroom and chasseur sauce. Lobsters are served half or whole with tarragon and lobster aioli.
- Thomas Rafael