Why go? You would almost think you were eating at a delicious Parisian bistro if you focused on only the food at Chez Ma Tante, but look around and the quiet, laid-back Greenpoint vibe makes it clear that you are in Brooklyn and its safe to bring the kids along. The restaurant has a warm, cozy feel inside, or when the weather is nice, sit outside and you can pretend you are people watching in a right-bank East River neighborhood.
What to order? The menu takes bistro classics and executes them all beautifully, from \ pate and terrine to mains like skate wing and a simple half-chicken. At brunch, do NOT miss the pancake, perfectly browned — almost blackened — in the pan. The daytime menu offers a hot dog “all dressed up” that even the pickiest eater can enjoy (even if that means skipping the “all dressed up”).
Pipsqueak tip The outdoor seating is great with kids, and the American Playground is just a few blocks north for post-meal play …