Nestled on a quiet corner off the bustling streets of Williamsburg lies La Cafette, an appropriately charming French café beckoning you as you pass by with beautiful people enjoying brunch cocktails through the garage style windows. You may think that Williamsburg does not need another charming French café, but you’d be wrong — there’s no such thing as too many tiny, quaint cafés. And, La Cafette adds its own signature touch into the mix.
The restaurant is small but with tall ceilings and banquettes along the perimeter. In the summer it has open windows behind — i.e. have too many brunch cocktails and you may fall backwards. The marble topped tables are impossibly tiny, but this is New York after all. The space is chic, with the bar taking center stage, back lit with cheeky neon light declaring the place cool, but in French. Around the space are marble two-tops, a millennial American update on classic bistro seating. Toward the back lies the equally small open kitchen, while a neon flamingo demarcates the bathroom, which is complete with tropicalia wallpaper.
The brunch cocktail menu is elevated and inventive — this is a place that takes the booze seriously. We ordered the French flower, with Grand Marnier, dry vermouth, rose syrup, and fresh lemon juice, served in a bubbly Champagne flute. Served in a low ball, the Cafette pear, was crafted with vodka, St. Germain, lime, pear syrup, angostura bitters, and cucumbers.
While the cuisine at La Cafette is largely classic French rotisserie fare, filled with heavy menu items like the croque monsieur, croque madame, and open-faced tartines, there’s also a fair dose of healthy options.
We began with the chia bowl, a colorful bowl of chia, flax seeds, topped with fresh sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, and blueberries. This was a perfectly portioned, shareable bowl that’s a great way to get your antioxidants.
We also shared the La Cafette salad, which today was sadly lacking on kale and heavy on the iceberg. Nonetheless, it has great flavor.
By way of entrées, we chose to order simple egg dishes from the oeufs menu, rather than the heavier sandwiches and tartines.
The oeufs cocotte was a lovely little casserole of baked eggs, cooked with mushrooms and topped with a creamy melted cheese, and diced herbs, served with a side salad. We also ordered the scrambled eggs, rich, creamy, and thick eggs, also served with a side salad. The breakfast options were simple, clean, and classic, which we can always appreciate.
The must-order dish at La Cafette is without a doubt the French toast, an impossibly moist, fluffy and decadent tower of bread, covered in a light caramel sauce, and sprinkled with fresh berries. Served on a blue toile plate, this dish was stunning, and tasted utterly divine. This, plus a couple of bubbly cocktails and a seriously cute vibe, make La Cafette a primo destination for a girls’ brunch.
The Bitches say: 4 Champagne flutes
This chic, stylish, French cafe has delightful brunch cocktails, classic French cuisine, and a decadent French toast to conclude.
La Cafette serves brunch Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m.