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Wednesday
Dec122012

Windows Papered Over at Moutarde

The deathwatch has been on at Fifth Avenue's Moutarde, on the corner of Carroll Street, since December of last year, when the owners decided to only be open on the weekends, for some reason. Then in March of this year the space was put up for rent, for nearky $8K/month.Then over the weekend the restaurant was closed.

Many thanks to a tipster for sending in a shot taken yesterday, which might just mean that the French bistro has finally closed for good after what was a slow death, begun a few years ago with a renovation/paint job/menu change.

I've reached out to the owners and will update if/when I receive confirmation.

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Reader Comments (24)

We will miss you, Eggs Royale!!!!

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHardcore

Watch for sign reading "Open Wednesdays for brunch only, 10:00 PM until !0:45 PM"

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRufus T. Firefly

Sad news, but not a shock. this at one time was a good restaurant.

Bring back the funeral home I say,

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Okay, okay...this isn't a joke, but a new fro-yo place is opening up in the old Sette space. Seriously.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Felton,

been announced here already weeks ago.

There's also a Red Mango opening on Flatbush.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbk4life

good riddance, moutardeD was awful.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterel presidente

They should bring back Mike & Tony's, which was right after it was a funeral home. That place was really good, but ahead of its time

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterslopeygirl

Ah! I must have missed it. Thanks.

That said, I'm surprised Moutarde lasted this long on those limited hours. It's such a great space. I really hope something worthy moves in.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

I am hoping for a great sit-down Vietnamese or Dim Sum place somewhere in the Slope.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

Honestly, Hanoi on 9th street is pretty good for Vietnamese. Its no queens or Philly but for not leaving the 'hood is decent.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSLop

ParkSlop,

I've heard more than 1 incidence of food poisoning from that place so I won't try it.

The reviews online are pretty terrible in general.

I just can't even bring myself to try a place if I know someone who was food poisoned from there.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

Hanoi is perfectly fine not great but a decent local place. That's exactly what the reviews say. Don't exaggerate just cause you don't like it.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJob

Maybe we can get a great Diner in the Moutarde space to compete with Dizzy's which is doing a good job of Surviving that death corner location.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

@ Slopeygirl...

You're correct.... A long ago it was ONLY Mike & Tony's & Cucina which is now "Forino" on 5th Ave.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

Nooooooo!! This is one of my favorite French bistro. Oh gosh. I'm sad if you really close down.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKK

Sadly this means that Moutarde's fabulous downstairs wall of glittery toiler paper rolls will be lost to history.

I think a seafood themed restaurant would do well in this space. Offer fresh fish flown in daily from Hawaii/Alaska and they've got a surefire hit on their hands. Name it something like "The Fish Net" or "The Fish Shack."

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstephen

Who took the Moutarde image? Don't you give credit to photographers? :(

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterellyn

I am soooo sad about this!!! Best Eggs Florentine in park slope. I went here every weekend and it was my favorite brunch place...

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I stopped by once. The bartender looked at me, 2 servers walked by me, a busser made eye contact with me.....nobody said a word....I waited.....I waited.....I left.

December 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbuh bye

I've been there a few times. It was meh.

Pre-renovation it was used in the movie Julie and Julia, though they claimed it was in France, not BK. Back then it actually looked French, now it looks cheese faux French.

December 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdave

When they first opened, they actually had a neat gimmick that they'd serve you an interesting selection of mustards with your meal. I remember going in there and liking the mustards, but not the rest of the food.

It's a shame because the place always looked the part. If you squinted enough, it did feel like a smaller version of a place you'd see on a street corner in Paris. None of these places, not this one, not Belleville, could back it up with the food though. I never walked into Canaille, but always heard great things about them.

It's prime real estate, that's for sure. Hope this doesn't go to waste in its next incarnation.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklyn Brawler

My wife and I had dinner there a couple of times after they first opened, and we never went back. We didn't find anything egregiously wrong or bad, but nothing called out to us either, so it fell off our radar.

We did used to like Mike and Tony's, the small steak joint that preceded Moutarde. Back then it was OK to smoke in bars and restaurants, and their bar invited cigar smokers. (In fact I'm pretty sure they sold cigars as well as alcohol.)

Once my wife and I had dinner in the back at a small and private (or so we thought) table near the window. We didn't care much for one of the dishes we were served and we talked about it quietly between ourselves. We decided not to say anything to the staff. Later, I went downstairs to use the men's room, and one of the waiters was in there. He smilingly said he was sorry we didn't like that dish (whatever it was). That floored me, because we hadn't mentioned it to the waitstaff, so I asked him how he knew. He told us that there was this weird "sound tunnel", where anything anyone said at that table could be heard by someone standing in a specific spot across the room. I actually had to laugh, but I was really careful about what I said after that whenever we went there.

Ah, memories...

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrookboy

The news is that Le Pain Quotidien is moving in there... heard it from 3 sources...

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

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