Chef Sung Park's "Bistro Petit:" Our Weekend Brunch Spotlight

June 15, 2012 3:26 PM EDT | By Staff Writer
You and your friends this weekend at Bistro Petit (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

There's only one rule of brunch in New York City: the early bird gets the table. For no restaurant is this more true than South Williamsburg's "Bistro Petit." an inauspicious half-storefront just off Driggs with beautiful yellow and blue tiles that can barely seat ten diners comfortably. This used to be one of the neighborhood's best-kept secrets, even from the locals, where Executive Chef Sung Park served up French traditionals with strong Korean influence at completely reasonable prices. Their signature dish, a Kimchi Bouillabaisse loaded with fresh seafood, flavorful homemade kimchi, crispy pieces of tofu, and whimsical bites of rice gnocchi, served as the perfect emblem of the marriage between Sung Park's cultural upbringing and his culinary training.

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Unfortunately for us, a recent Yelp spotlight hailing them the best-reviewed restaurant in New York City, has us Billyburgers fighting with people from all around the city for the limited seating. For no meal is this more true than brunch, which, by the time 12:30 PM on a Saturday or Sunday rolls in, sees the restaurant jam packed with patrons and a wait list stretching for hours.

However, if you show up when the restaurant opens (not completely unreasonable, considering it swings its doors wide for patrons at exactly noon each day), you'll be seated immediately at one of the counter seats with full view of the kitchen, You get to watch your food being made while you make talk with the very friendly Chef Park, who makes it a point to have a small conversation with all of his patrons. It's a gimmick that may rub some the wrong way, but it's also a clever acknowledgment of the neighborhood which, more than any other New York City neighborhood at present, goes out of its way to bring people together and feel, well, like a neighborhood.

And once you taste his food, you'll be bragging that you're on a first name basis with him to literally everyone. While their signature Kimchi Bouillabaisse may not be kind to sensitive weekend stomachs, their brunch menu is top notch. Go for the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bread Pudding ($11), a savory spin on a dessert favorite, oven-baked to perfection with cubed pain perdu, apple wood smoked bacon, a farm-fresh organic egg (this is Brooklyn, after all), and sharp cheddar. It's a clever take on the breakfast sandwich, deconstructed into its key ingredients and reconstructed into something even more than the sum of its parts.

Looking for something to drink? If you're a cocktail person, bring your shaker in. If you prefer beer and booze, there's a great liquor store just around the block. Either way, Bistro Petit gets high marks for being BYOB with no corkage fee! Eat what you like, drink booze that hasn't been marked up, and be merry. Enjoy your brunch!

Bistro Petit

170 S 3rd Street

Brooklyn, NY 11211


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