I live in Fort Greene and am a big fan of Lou Lou...I've been meaning to try Cocotte for a while, and was luckily convinced it was worth the trip after meeting the chef and trying the beet salad with pumpkin seed and goat cheese at Brooklyn Eats last week. We've been talking about trying dinner there, but happened to be in the area Saturday at noon, so we decided to try brunch. I'm not a huge fan of brunch usually, so I never expect much, but I really enjoyed everything!
For starters, the place is really nice and cozy and was surprisingly empty, with only 2 or 3 other tables sat when we got there. I have to admit it was a nice change from the usually crazy brunch crowds in NY. During the time we were there a few families with children arrived, which I never mind, but some people are really turned off by that so I though it was worth mentioning.
They have a really nice bread basket on the table that had a few pastry type breads as well as a nut (and date?) bread. All were really nice. I ordered one of their loose teas which was really good, and served in its own pot.
I was torn about what to eat, as they had a butternut squash soup as a special, it's one of my favorites, but I was in a breakfast mood, so I skipped it. I hope it's a regular special this time of year though, as I'm looking forward to trying it.
Instead, I got the "white omelet"....it was an egg white omelet stuffed with cured salmon and cream cheese, with chives on top and a huge side of perfect home fries (they were seasoned really well, with a bit of onion and red pepper, and not at all soggy...a little crispy without being over cooked, just how I like them!)
My friend had the crepe with spiced apples inside, it was really awesome....nice and light! On the sweet side, but not so sweet that it felt like eating dessert.
The menu had a lot of great things, including a bourbon broiche french toast, omelets, a few sandwiches....it was hard to choose!
The service, while friendly, was a little slow and the 2 servers didn't seem to communicate (we had one server tell us she'd bring us more drinks, only to have the other ask if we needed drinks one minute later). Since it was brunch though, which I never feel like rushing I didn't care so much.
I'll definitely return and can't wait to try dinner.
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