Brunch is a true highlight at this French-style bistro with outposts across the country. But brunch is a misnomer for what happens at Bagatelle between noon and 6pm on Sundays. It’s more like a dance party with bottle service meets a very dimly lit meal set to a bumping soundtrack. And we like it that way. Big parties looking to celebrate special occasions over giant, shareable drinks fare well here, as do smaller groups craving authentic French cuisine or an out-of-this-world burger served on a brioche bun and topped with fried egg. If arriving hungry, make sure to order early before your booth becomes a dance floor.
2000 Collins Ave
|Cross street:||at 21st St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 7pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 7pm–1am; Sun noon–6pm|
|Transport:||Bus 150, 119|
I love, love Bagatelle. Sure, it's a little touristy and occasionally cheesy but the food fantastic and atmosphere are fantastic. I've yet to order something I didn't like—though my wallet likes none of it since everything is expensive—nor left without dancing, or at least shimmying around in my seat. The servers are attentive and also incredibly hot, so much so I'm convinced they were plucked from the Cote d' Azur and shipped over to South Beach.