Almost every great Brooklyn neighborhood has a great French bistro, and in Fort Greene, that’s Cafe Paulette. Since this place is across the street from Fort Greene Park, it’s possible you’ve seen crowds of people on the sidewalk patio eating croque monsieurs and drinking Bloody Marys well into the afternoon. But they also serve lunch and dinner, picnic sets to-go, and a bunch of natural wine with labels you’ll wish were available in t-shirt form.
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