“BoCoCa” — AKA, the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens — has long attracted a French-speaking and French-loving population, likely influenced by (among other things) the dual language program at area school P.S. 58. In the past year, a host of new French services and businesses have joined the BoCoCa pioneers, making this Brooklyn spot feel like a far-flung arrondissement of Paris. Click through to see how resident and visiting families can sample its joie de vivre!

To Dine En Famille: Bar Tabac & La Cigogne

There's never been a shortage of good French food in the area (R.I.P., Patois!), but the options just keep expanding. Neighborhood stalwart Bar Tabac is reliably tasty, while also big and casual enough to support a meal out with the kids. Also sizable is relative newcomer La Cigogne ("Stork," in French), which serves northeastern France Alsatian cuisine fireside and has kids' book in english and French to peruse while waiting for a meal. (Kids can also take a WoodShop class there during the day, FYI.)

Bar Tabac
128 Smith St.
Cobble Hill
718-923-0918
Online: bartabacny.com

La Cigogne
215 Union
718-858-5641
Online: lacigognenyc.com

photo: La Cigogne via Yelp

Do you have a favorite place to soak up French culture in NYC? Tell us about it in the comments below!

—Mimi O’Connor

cover photo: via Jacadi London Facebook page