Bar Tabac

Restaurants, French Boerum Hill
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Bar Tabac
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Bar Tabac
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
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Chris R

OMG, SUCH an awesome French hang out. Mostly French staff and a sprinkling of French customers really set the scene. The French food and drink is classic and on point.

Robyn C

Great place to hear some good live music in an intimate setting.   It's dark, it's cozy great spot to chill, but definitely gets loud, so not a great spot if you want to have a meaningful conversion :)   Love the escargot and fries - it's also great for brunch.  And have I mentioned the drinks are super strong, so be careful!  

Carla S

Super lively (and loud!), with friendly French staff, super-yummy food (get the onion soup...and the goat cheese salad...and the french fries...), live music and a kind of dark, sexy vibe. It's also not too expensive, which is a nice change. (Oh wait, get the burger, too!)