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7.6

Petite Patate

This spot is Permanently Closed.

French

Prospect Heights

$$$$Perfect For:Eating At The BarSmall Plates
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If Eminem and Dr. Dre are still on repeat in your earbuds, you’ll feel right at home at Petite Patate, a Prospect Heights restaurant that serves up classic French entrées—and more importantly, decently priced drinks, fried snacks, and a fun scene.

This adorably named spot from the Olmsted team occupies the old Maison Yaki space. The dining room hasn’t changed much, with multicolored mosaic tiles and red leather bar seats that look salvaged from a barbershop—but now there are white tablecloths and wicker bistro chairs instead of high tops and stools. The best seats however, are at the back counter, in front of the open kitchen. 

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photo credit: Kate Previte

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photo credit: Kate Previte

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photo credit: Kate Previte

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photo credit: Kate Previte

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photo credit: Kate Previte

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Try to sit here, and get a house cocktail—none of them cost more than $14. The drinks go best with Petite Patate’s deep-fried bar bites, so order some cornichons fresh out of a hot oil bath, and pommes frites that are as good as the ones at Balthazar. The neighborhood crowd combined with all the blasting DMX makes this place plenty loud, so be prepared for a shouty night out.

Food Rundown

Note: Some of these menu items may not be available during your visit.
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Fried Cornichon

These crispy cornichons are the perfect drinking snacks. You’ll get your own little jar of spicy mustard alongside the tiny pickles fried in a tempura-like batter. You might keep ordering these until the kitchen calls it quits for the night.
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Escargot En "Croute"

This one gets bonus points for creativity. Instead of using an escargot plate and providing slices of baguette on the side, the dish itself is made out of puff pastry. Cool idea, but the puff pastry is not as flaky and buttery as we’d like it to be. You can skip it.
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Steak Frites

Despite the fact that we’ve always ordered this medium-rare, the temperature on the hanger steak has been all over the place. Unless you really need a steak, save yourself about $30, and just order the fries by themselves. They’re much more memorable anyway.
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Coq Au Vin Cavatelli

If you’re going to order an entrée, this cavatelli is your best option. It comes in a ragout with duck confit that has practically dissolved into the sauce. We understand the need for pasta can rear its head at any moment, and this dish will more than satisfy that craving.
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Frangipane Tart

This tart filled with cranberries and almond slivers may sound a little boring on paper. But order it with confidence—it's buried in a glorious amount of vanilla bean-flecked chantilly.

FOOD RUNDOWN

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