L'Antagoniste

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228 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Classic French fare in the heart of Bed-Stuy. For parties of twelve or more, please refer to our website for our three prix-fixe options.

Don't forget, we're open for Christmas and New Year's! They're some of our busiest days of the year, so book your table today!

BYOB and Poulet en Vessie every Monday, and Duck à la Presse every Sunday! Come experience these timeless French classics for yourself in a friendly neighborhood setting!

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JasonK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L’Antagoniste is legitimately my wife and I’s favorite restaurant in the world. The food is ridiculously delicious every single time. The service is impeccable. The staff, gracious, knowledgeable and professional. And Amadeo the owner is the charming, most gentle and genuine person I’ve ever met in the industry. He is the epitome of class. I love this place. It’s beautiful. Thank you L’Antagoniste.

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vipAnthonyM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was ok. Steak was medium+ when I ordered medium-rare. I informed the server and asked that the kitchen be informed as well. He asked if I would like to send it back, which I refused as I did not want to be wasteful. No manager came to apologize and nothing was taken off the bill. Strange to have to pay full price for something you didn’t ask for.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wine recommendation was great, the food, hors d'oeuvres and the dessert were spectacular, plus got free espresso at the end with my dessert. Top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch French cuisine with a modern twist, in a chic yet warmly comfortable setting. Excellent service. An altogether delightful experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I like this restaurant, and I like its owner. But the service was borderline hostile. Getting a drink, some bread, eye contact with anyone was hard. None of the servers were welcoming.
The food was not as good as I remember. Technically good but bearing an air of indifference in presentation and components.
The room is nice and the sound level good for conversation. I just wished that I hadn’t felt the staff was doing me a favor by paying the scant amount of attention it did. The occasional smile would go a long way.

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vipJosephR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I don’t frequent this restaurant enough! And on our most recent visit, we learned that the restaurant has a new chef, and an all-women kitchen. But, we learned that after raving about the soup of the day, a simply fantastic carrot soup. Mainly a spicy purée, it had whole sliced pieces of carrot, toasted seeds, and what tasted like fried sage atop. Sublime. So after making rave compliments, we learned of the new chef. Bravo to her!

And then, that was not all. My other half had a hearty salad Niçoise. And I had the very popular duck with orange sauce. Just the right amount served with a surprisingly and refreshingly tasty sidecar of vegetables, flavored with a touch of white wine and butter. More mild than rich, but still delish. I appreciate the subtle touch in the kitchen along with affable service.

The dark chocolate mousse is not to be missed.

We love supporting our neighborhood restaurants and we promise to keep coming back to L’Antagoniste.

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vipFredB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Friendly and helpful staff and wonderful food. Can’t say enough good things about it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took my mom there for her birthday

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Genoveve
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We have eaten our Thanksgiving meal here tor the past three years (including today) but, unfortunately, we were disappointed with this year's meal. We found it tasteless, from pumpkin soup starter to the apple pie. The burgundy wine, however, was super yummy. Service, however, was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Reviewed on 16 December 2018
Overall5foodserviceambience

We stumbled over L'Antagoniste by accident. And what a treasure it is. First, the wine list comprised hundreds (!) of wines (all price brackets). Second, the food is perfect French Bistro fare. Cheese soufflé is to die for. Third, the service is super friendly and attentive. ---- What a gem

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vipamee
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a lovely restaurant that cares about its food and service. The French bistro-based food was prepared with respect and creativity. It was delicious. Like a good bistro, this is a place conducive to conversation (whether intellectual or mundane.) highly recommended.

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vipYumm
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food with great services. We’ll go back again. Mondays are traditional French night.

KR
KevinR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, the duck and the chicken special were both phenomenal. Don't skip dessert!

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vipVman
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorites. If you like classic French food but want it cooked in a fresh modern style, go and go often. You con't be disappointed.

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RichardR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and we will definitely return. In fact, we plan on going again tonight

TJ
vipTheJosh
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE L’Antagoniste and have been excited every time to go and happy every time I’ve left. The dishes are of such high quality that it stands up to the best NYC restaurants despite being in eastern Bed-Stuy.

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vipedEd
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific and creative French spot in Bed-Stuy with an elegant and fun interior and a lovely garden out back (even had fireflies!). Spectacular wine list with some great bargains at the top end, great service, and inventive well-prepared cusisine. i will be back!

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Lizmara
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the garden. It is very inviting an makes you feel like you are in a garden in France. The service is perfect - friendly, helpful and warm. Food was fantastic! Slight but welcome twist on some classic dishes. We went for my wife’s birthday but we will definitely return.

KR
KellieR
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gem for the area. Nice, upscale spot for aspiring foodies and nonfoodies.

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BSkillz
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect experience. We love L'Antagoniste!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had brunch for 8 people, the service was good and the food was amazing. Everyone was happy with their meal.

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vipwurdgirl
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and beautiful food make this a must-try. The menu is on the smaller side, creative touches like dill sorbet on the salad make even classic dishes stand out.

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Kurohime
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Kitchen closed from 3-5:30pm, yet there were 3pm reservations available on Open Table which doesn't work; 2pm should be your latest afternoon reservation if you want a full menu -- did not arrive until 2:30pm and kitchen closed by desert. Otherwise outstanding, fresh, local food very well prepared.

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HarveyP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in our neighborhood. All of the wait staff are knowledgable, friendly and fun. The food is simply wonderful, the wine list excellent and the atmosphere a delight.

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Gasowski
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lets see some Black poets and writers on your mural wall like James Baldwin or the like !

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vipVman
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awwsome as usual. Amadeus and his team never disappoint. Go and go often.

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vipTeddD
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible restaurant. The food, service, ambiance are amazing. A Manhattan top quality meal at 2/3's the price.

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AlexG
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Antagoniste remains one of our go to spots in the neighborhood. We go often and recently went for our 10th anniversary and found everything on point as always. Amadeus was on hand to chat with us and hand pick an amazing bottle of wine that was very reasonably priced. The perennial cheese souffle and new escargot appetizers were great, as were the steak frites and squab special. I'd highly recommend it to friends, foodies, and BK visitors alike.

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MiriamM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 5's second visit was Mother's Day. The Brunch menu had many options. I had the pheasant special with spring peas, we also ordered the duck hash, steak and eggs and a pork belly banh mi. Everything was delicious! Our first visit was on a Sunday to try their pressed duck. We are hooked!

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vipSaraC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently inventive and delicious cooking

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LouiseS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very welcoming-Staff went out of their way to explain things and offer suggestions and serve each course in a timely fashion

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Poulet en Vessie was UH-mazing 😍

MS
vipMrSundayJohnson
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us went on a Monday. BYOB with NO corkage fee on Mondays!
But on to the food. We had two appetizers: the beef tartar was perfect and served with an egg yolk to be mixed in, served with thin sliced baguette toast brushed with oil. The cheese and charcuterie board was wonderful. Two types of pate, very good ham, three cheeses, pickles and walnuts, served with a more substantial dark bread. We also had a dozen oysters, two different varieties, served with classic mignonette and lemon. Only $1.50 each during happy hour!
We shared three entrees: the duck breast with kumquats and potato puree was a delicious twist on the classic duck a l'orange. Steak Frites was perfect. And (a special on Mondays only) we had Poulet en Vessie. A whole chicken cooked with sliced truffles under the skin, butter with herb, and (I think) cognac. The whole thing is encased, tied, and cooked (kind of like sous vide) in chicken stock. Presented to the table, the casing is opened tableside, then brought back into the kitchen to be cut up, with all the chicken juices (and everything else that went into it) turned into a gravy fortified with foie gras. I've never had anything like it. Unctuous, and a truly outstanding dish.
We shared four desserts, all of which were great. A pistachio parfait, a chocolate Baba, a meringue with mango sorbet, and a rhubarb tart with ice cream flavored with Turkish chile pepper! Amazing!
We all left, sated, smiling, and talking about when we'd go back again once the weather is warmer, so we could sit outside in the beautiful backyard garden.

TK
vipThomasKellerwannaBe
Seattle
123 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here yesterday and was so impressed I said the food was better than Per Se in Manhattan. So I came back the very next day and even better food. It was amazing! I can now say it was better than the French Laundry!!!

TK
vipThomasKellerwannaBe
Seattle
123 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This little place in Brooklyn is absolutely amazing !!!!!!! Forget Per se in Manhattan, this place is way better!

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vipVman
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amadeus and his team provide a first class taste of France in Bed-Stuy. An outstanding example of fine dining. Go and go often. Awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my wife birthday, they take care of all detail to make feel very special, the surprise pistacho cake was amazing. Love this place.

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Rt123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Seated late, food cooked improperly, incompetent waitstaff

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vipWineandFood
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really a terrific spot. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable and very friendly. A solid wine list with very low prices for the options listed. Can’t wait to get back.

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LeslieC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love L'Antagonist, it is truly a gem in Bed-Stuy. We live around the block and I try to come whenever I can. The french cuisine is to die for and the service is unbeatable. Love LOVE LOVE this place.

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