Nicely executed bistro standards—and, let’s face it, weak neighborhood competition—have made Le Petit Marche an instant hit in Brooklyn Heights. “It has been crowded every time I walk by. Amazing how word gets around so fast about what is good and what isn’t,” observes Fleur, who sums up its appeal: “good, solid, bourgeois cuisine, well prepared and nicely presented, at fair prices.”
Salads are fresh, tasty, and large; good choices include frisée with lardons, beets with caramelized goat cheese, and a mustardy Lyonnaise (potatoes, green beans, bacon). Recommended entrees: tender lamb shank in rich wine sauce, pan-roasted chicken (with wild mushrooms and cauliflower gratin), and steak frites, accurately cooked to order with a pleasing char, served with decent fries. For dessert, a standout tarte tatin comes with house-made cinnamon gelato.
The wine list is weak and surprisingly short on French selections. Service is gracious and professional, and most enjoy the comfortable, charming setting (though Psychobabble says enough already with the Edith Piaf).
Le Petit Marche [Brooklyn Heights]
46 Henry St., between Cranberry and Middagh, Brooklyn