Must-See Cobble Hill
by Kiki Olafimihan, Caroline Peck and Kevin Ryans, 08/10/2012
Photo: Phil Kline
128 Smith St., 718-923-0918
Bar Tabac is an ideal place to soak up Cobble Hill's considerable French flavor. The restaurant aims to replicate the spirit of tabacs—the French storefronts and annexes to bars where people buy lottery tickets, chewing gum and, yes, tobacco. Bar Tabac hosts one of America's largest Bastille Day celebrations—during which Smith Street is covered in sand and revelers play plenty of pétanque (a French boules game). Francophiles who can't make it here for July 14 needn't fret; the venerable watering hole always serves a robust selection of French wines alongside such dishes as salmon basquaise and daube de boeuf Provençale.