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Le Gamin

Owner Kathy Palm started out as a regular in Robert Arbor’s Le Gamin in Chelsea. Smitten by the hospitality of “Naughty Little Boy” (the English translation of the French name), Palm opened her own version of the cafe in Prospect Heights in June 2004. Palm’s Le Gamin combines the ease of a coffee bar with the understated appeal of a casual French eatery.

Among the specialties on the menu, whose recipes were prepared by Arbor, is the crepe. The variety of crepes ranges from savory versions made with buckwheat batter to the lighter-tasting dessert crepes made with white flour — “the best dishes on the menu,” according to GO Brooklyn critic Tina Barry in August 2004. Filled with Valrhona chocolate and banana slices, the dessert crepe, when paired with Le Gamin’s famous cafe au lait, makes for a first-rate finale, says Barry. (Hazelnut chocolate spread, Nutella, can be substituted for the dark Valrhona.)

Server Nicole Gunther recommends the popular “L’oeuf Gamin,” a poached egg, goat cheese and potato cake with ratatouille (a mix of zucchini, peppers and eggplant in a tomato sauce). Le Gamin now serves beer and wine. Open daily, from 8 am to 11 pm. In warmer months, garden cafe seating is available.

Where: 556 Vanderbilt Ave. at Dean Street
Tel: (718) 789–5171
How much: Entrees: $8–$12.
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Updated Jan. 12, 2010
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