Afew months ago there was discussion on this board of Ytournal, a French bistro on Warren Street off Smith in Cobble Hill. At the time, opinion was divided between those who thought it hopeless and those who, like me, thought it needed work but might come around. (Some of the contras were particularly unhappy about the produce in the store's grocery operation. That stuff never looked good to me eithet.)
Encouraged by a recent favorable blurb in the Times by Eric Asimov, I went back. I am hapy to report improvement. At 7 PM Saturday the place was full with a line of customers waiting. There were several 3 prix fixe options available for $22 (or $24?). While not the height of refinement, the food was well prepared and tasty and the service was efficient. The place kind of reminded me of neighborhood place in Paris named Beaux Arts where I ate several years ago.
The only cloud on the horizon is that the restaurant now has a liquor licence. For the moment they still let you bring wine without charge, but who knows how long that will go on. I would be willing to pay a modest corkage fee to eat there ($5 maybe), but wouldn't go if it meant paying $20+ for an average Cote du Rhone.
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