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Posted by Barry202 on 10/14/2012
Went on a Saturday afternoon. The window menu advertised a prix fixe option. Tried to order it but was suddenly unavailable due to time of day which was not not noted as restriction on posted menu. I ordered the Monsieur which turned out to be a skimpy slice of ham on a thick crust of bread. Bottled sparkling water is placed on the table but you would be mistaken if you drink it thinking it's free. Final verdict is overpriced and underfed.
Posted by pictureofloveliness on 11/15/2011
Provence En Boite is one of my favorite restaurants in Carroll Gardens and all of Brooklyn. I noticed that others complained about the service being a little slow, but perhaps not enough of them ordered dessert? All the dishes are very good, in my estimation, and I think I have a discerning palate. One year, I ordered cake for my birthday and it was a huge hit. The cake was unforgettable. I like how relaxed I can feel at this restaurant and the staff is friendly and French (but not too stuffy about it, you know). I can't think of a time I ever felt rushed, but if you want to pretend like you are in a corporate office and need to grab a meal quickly...it might lag behind a speed eater's timetable. Personally, I never noticed. I usually come from brunch or dinner. The food is excellent and in terms of price, more reasonable than a French restaurant in Manhattan. I also like how it is appropriate for both a casual bite and fancy occasions. You can dress however you like (hey, it's Carroll Gardens). I don't work for the restaurant or know the owner personally, but I am writing this review to ideally push the establishment's star rating up. Silly, I know, but this is my contribution to society for the day. If you would like to visit a place that makes you feel comfortable and leave filled with rich, delicious treats, then you will be pleased. (Recommended: pate, quiche lorraine, steak frites, salads, all the desserts, coffee, wine list, etc.)
Posted by G on 08/01/2011
I was very disappointed They could not handle the crowd A sit down lunch or brunch is not the best way to go on an event day like this one They advertised face painting, tatoos and bounce house for kids None of that was there and my family and I were there quite awhile They had nothing for kids My waitress was kind enough to give my son a .50cent lolipop The food was so so I think it's best to give this place another chance for the food but when it comes to celebrations of bastille day in a street fair enviroment I would suggest that the owner of Provence en boite come back to there old stomping grounds and visit the 18 ave feast. Even thou that also has changed a bit through out the years here in brooklyn it still has good food great smells and I believe that the french should learn from the itilans how to throw the right kind of street feast or party
Posted by Baje on 06/13/2011
I ate here last week with my boyfriend. Had the chicken breast while he got the scallops. The meal was delicious. Would definitely eat there again. Still thinking about the juicy chicken and how I want more.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/07/2010
I love this place. The owners are charming. The service has improved over the last year or so. Just a great neighborhood joint. And if you dont feel like a meal -- take home a loaf of their homemade bread. Challa on Fridays is yummy. And of course the croissants!!!
Posted by adc on 05/16/2010
I lived in brooklyn for years and absolutely love the brunch here. The crepes with swiss & ham are fantastic as is the French Toast. The atmosphere is cozy in the winter and airy in the winter. The services isn't totally attentive, but it's a cafe and thus relaxed. No one is in a hurry and you shouldn't be either. Also, their lattes come in bowls and are AMAZING. Bad reviewers apparently have poor taste in food or expecting something other than a French Cafe. The dinner, however I cannot speak of.
Posted by anonymous on 05/15/2010
I live around the corner from Provence, and regularly eat there. Yes, the service can be spotty (usually because they are so busy!), but the food is always fantastic. Jean Georges this is not, but a lovely French cafe that serves up some great classics. I'm not sure what some of the other reviewers were expecting. Great for brunch!