Chagall Bistro, a charming French restaurant that opened in March 2013, is currently the only kosher restaurant in Park Slope. The neighborhood with its European feel was one of the things that won the Paris-born owners Sonia and Dan Halimi over when they were contemplating their move from France. Dan had always dreamed about opening a place of his own, and the first time the couple walked into what was then Belleville, a non-kosher French bistro for sale, they instantly fell in love with the place. Within a period of 3 months, they left their Paris jobs, settled the restaurant purchase and arranged everything for their relocation. It was non-kosher for about a year, but it didn't feel right to Sonia and Dan, and so they made the decision to turn kosher and named the restaurant after the owners’ beloved painter Chagall. While repainting the restaurant with the chic aubergine and apple green colors, the Halimis kept all the authentic furnishings imported from France by the previous owners that once decorated old brasseries of Paris, including tainted antique wooden-framed mirrors, wooden banquettes along the wall, and two wooden-based tin bars. Dimmed lighting, mosaic floors, and the paintings on the walls further contribute to the genuine feel and romantic atmosphere. The bistro also has a lounge with a skylight, available for parties for up to 60 people.
Their traditional French cuisine with an occasional contemporary twist is masterfully prepared by Chef Jean-Claude Teulade, who was named “Maître Cuisinier de France” in 2005, and has proved his talent to New York foodies in Louis XVI, La Côte Basque, and other renowned restaurants. For a starter, try one of their signature appetizers such as Warm Beef Tongue or Steak Tartare. For a main dish, Fricassee of Sweetbreads with mushrooms is recommended as is their Chagall Duck with pear and cinnamon. Their prime Rib Eye with black pepper and brandy sauce is also very popular. All desserts are homemade and utterly delicious making it hard to choose just one. Some of the specialties include “Baba au Rhum” Chagall (brioche soaked in vanilla syrup with pastry cream) and honey and Cointreau scented Crème Brûlée. While the seasonally changed menu is exquisite and fancy, the atmosphere is warm and family-style. Whether you come for a romantic or business dinner, a relaxed Sunday brunch, or to enjoy live Saturday night music, you are sure to be delighted.
Check out reviews from our Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies Facebook Group:
Today, I had the pleasure of travelling to Park Slope to Chagall Bistro. Chagall Bistro is a French steakhouse. I tasted the steak tartare there, which is a prime beef, raw tartare with capers, shallots, chives, yolks, mustard and purple potato chips. It is incredibly light and tasty and truly acts to prepare your palate for the incedible main course to follow. They have an incredibly choice of kosher wines to accompany your meal. If you are looking for a restaurant experience that is different than any other kosher restaurantin Brooklyn, you can't find a better choice than Chagall Bistro.
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Chagall Bistro is a charming French restaurant in Park Slope. The ambience is very pleasant; cozy and dark with fresh flowers and candles on every table. The waiters and managers are extremely gracious and friendly. But the food is really special - so beautifully plated that you almost don’t want to eat it and spoil the presentation. When they first opened I was there with my family and we had mixed feelings about going back. Some of the food wasn’t up to par, but I think they have vastly improved since then. I am glad I gave it a second chance because I really enjoyed my dining experience and everything I ordered was delicious.