A Francophile in Brooklyn
“Often, names serve to memorialize, remember, or commemorate.
Sauvage, instead, is a call to those who do things another way; perhaps a long-past method, or maybe a far-future vision. We are inspired by outsiders and the outdoors; by naturalists and botanists, farmers and wine-producers, and anyone who works to craft their own dreams, hewn from boundless creativity and restless energy.”
Such is the mantra of a wonderful restaurant in Williamsburg called Sauvage.
With true élan, this place couldn’t be more inviting. No detail is spared, including the delightful ensembles the servers wear. Men are clad in white shirts, navy striped neckerchiefs, blue smocks with big brown buttons and red canvas boat shoes. The women are similarly dressed but with the subtle difference of a pink button down oxford with the sleeves folded up the arms.
The décor offers a warm ambience with classic bistro tables and chairs, beautiful large mirrors hanging on the walls and a gorgeous wraparound bar. The restaurant is comfortably sized and the noise level is ideal—active and vibrant but still easy to converse with your party. Lastly, a visit to the bathrooms downstairs is a must as the design and fixtures are really unique. And of special note are the napkins; while paper, they cleverly resemble classic French linen and are completely charming.
The service is superb with attentive hosts and waiters who want to make certain you’re cared for—dinner was not rushed and the staff was pleasingly attentive—no water glass went empty for even a moment. And the courses were nicely paced to give the evening a leisurely feel.
The menu is a brief, curated mix of interesting appetizers with a short entrée list. The wine book is extensive, with choices from around the world along with spirits and fun cocktails. I discovered a fantastic sauvignon blanc that was superb, with a warm buttery feel that complimented the food.
I enjoyed the marinated olives followed by the roasted beet salad with crème fraiche to start and then chose the Amish chicken which was paired with a phenomenal eggplant couscous. For dessert, I asked for the cheese selection—what could be more French?
Sauvage offers a distinct dining experience and a memorable meal that can be summed up in one word: parfait!
Visit them for breakfast, lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. Reservations are recommended.