Bar Tabac

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels
Bar Tabac
Boerum Hill
Bar Tabac has become the anchor of Smith Street’s thriving French expat scene. On Bastille Day, the café hosts a pétanque tournament; every day, it aims to re-create the bonhomie of those Parisian hangouts that sell cigarettes and lottery tickets. A foosball table near the entrance and the small pot of Dijon mustard on each table are nice touches, but the food is what counts. At $5 apiece, the “bistro bites” (skewered scallops, merguez, snails, etc.) are a good way to start. Perfectly salted frites are crisp outside and moist inside, and you can even get a nicely grilled shell steak on the side.
Venue name: Bar Tabac
Address: 128 Smith St
New York
Cross street: at Dean St
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Sun 10am–1am; Wed–Sat 10am–2pm
Transport: Subway: F, G to Bergen St
Price: Average main course: $15