Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Le Gamin Cafe - Greenpoint

Le Gamin is a small French spot tucked away in Greenpoint with French home cooking on the menu. This is a pretty nice place; not like the dives I usually review and yes, prices are a bit higher, but not unreasonably so. Most dishes range from $9 to $14, exceeding that range are a few dinner entrees and specials at upwards of $20.

Overall, I really enjoy Le Gamin, but I've made an observation about there menu: there's a lot of stuff on it. I've come to think that a lot of their daily specials are amazing, particular their dinner entrees like a cassoulet with sausage, duck and chicken. Some other notable dishes are one of the best French onion soups in NYC, a surprisingly sweet baguette with caramelized onions and brie; and a goat cheese pastry served with a mustard-dressed salad.

Above you'll see the French onion soup and caramelized onions and brie on toast. Also pictured is a lemon chicken sausage on a bed of couscous, which leads me to one thing that I was a little disappointed at Le Gamin: the sausages. They have a wide variety of specialty sausage dishes, but they all seem to be underwhelming. At first, I was excited to try them but each time I get a new one it seems small, soft with no snap and somewhat bland in flavor. The only one I was pleased with was the one submerged in my cassoulet along with its cousins.

 Really though, the sausages were more of a disappointment in my mind than a huge downside, since the menu has so much more to offer. The terrines and salads are really good and it seems like no matter where your appetite lies you'll find something to satisfy it.

Regardless of what I order here I always get the French onion soup with it and I'll plan a visit if the cassoulet is on the menu.

108 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718 770 7918, Le Gamin
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