Bar Tabac

Restaurants, French Boerum Hill
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Bar Tabac
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels 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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4.5 / 5

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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.

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!  

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!)