Café Paulette Is A Taste Of Paris In The Springtime — In Brooklyn

There are few things better than going to Paris in the spring time, but the next best thing, we’ve decided, is going to Café Paulette in Brooklyn right now. Owner (and native Parisian) Lionel Bremond agrees: “I chose this spot” — overlooking Fort Greene Park — “because the view is the most unique in all of New York City. It feels like Europe.”

And indeed, the café pays homage to both Bremond’s hometown (Paulette is his grandmother’s name) and the neighborhood it calls home (a signed Spike Lee memento hangs by the door).

While the wine list is modern and features plentiful natural choices, the menu sticks to the well-made French classics. The juicy burger with onion jam, the savory, satisfying Croque-Madame and the seasonal quiche are crowd favorites. But Bremond’s personal go-to? “The avocado toast with our house-made salmon gravlax.”

There are many ways to fake an afternoon in Paris. Café Paulette just offers everything you need in one place.