New French Bistro Citroën Tantalizes With 1920s Inspired Aesthetics

Citroën, Greenpoint’s newest restaurant opening Saturday (11/24) at 931 Manhattan Ave.

Get ready, Manhattan Avenue: another liquor license has been approved.

And that license is in good hands — Citroën, the new French bistro at 931 Manhattan Ave. with market-fresh ingredients, has been tantalizing Greenpointers with its unique cocktails on Instagram and leaving those in fear of political discussions around the Thanksgiving table wishing they were saddled up at the new restaurant’s custom-made bar.

In fact, much of the decor, chairs, and tables in Citroën — like the menu — is custom-made. That’s because long-time Brooklynite and kingpin of repurposed goods Craig Kafton is behind these nifty operations. Kafton created a similar experience at Williamsburg’s beloved but now closed Second Stop Café — notice the detail in Citroën’s recycled columns and bespoke tables — including a restored one made from Rosie Perez’ door in her old Brooklyn home.

Dawn and Craig sample some whiskey

This is all to say that Citroën is, yes, an excellent restaurant packed with foodie delights, but it’s also an aesthetic experience that connotes a vibe both mixed-media chic and 1920’s France: each element of the decor and plating has a story behind it. And the staff, Craig and cocktail-crafting Dawn Eldridge  — are happy to keep you entertained (and well-fed) with tales of wall tile origins and why jewel ice (it’s a thing) is the best match for their mixed drinks.

“We will have 10 craft cocktails, two cocktails on draft, and a non-alcoholic mocktails list called Social Sodas,” Dawn shares. She also said all of the good cocktail mix-ins — from syrups and juices to shrubs, tinctures, and infusions — are concocted in-house. The wine list is predominantly French and is mostly certified organic and biodynamic.

The bar will have a soft open tonight and operations will be in full swing on Saturday, Nov. 24th. Til then, feast on some turkey and yams to ready yourself for foods more exotic and drinks kaleidoscopic.

True story: Vodka, pink peppercorn, cassis, lemon, cremant rose (all photos here and below by Julia Moak)
Dawn Eldridge working her craft cocktail magic.
Auntie Grizelda: pepper tequila, salers aperitif, celery shrub, cucumber, cracked black pepper
Steak Frites: Green peppercorn, bordelaise, maitre d’hotel butter
Pan-seared salmon: braised lentils, carrot, grain mustard sauce
Bibb lettuce salad: fines herbs, grated parmesan, lemon
Chocolate mouse
Apple tarte tatin

About Billy McEntee

Billy McEntee has been fortunate to work for arts non-profits in Boston, Denver, Berkeley, and now New York. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Vanity Fair, American Theatre, HowlRound, Observer, and others. He's usually getting wine at Dandelion or eating cookies at Archestratus.

1 Comment

  1. David & Toni says:

    We can’t wait to partake in the food and drinks. Citroen looks like it’s going to be the go-to place in Brooklyn. Congratulations!

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