Starting with the name of this Williamsburg staple, we already get a sense that we're in for a playful romance at this charming bistro. Named for the title character of a 1932 film from French playwright Marcel Pagnol, Fanny wins hearts on screen and off.Starting with the name of this Williamsburg staple, we already get a sense that we're in for a playful romance at this charming bistro. Named for the title character of a 1932 film from French playwright Marcel Pagnol, Fanny wins hearts both on screen and off. The amorous mood flows from the French country house vibe to the casual Southern French Cuisine on the menu. The old wooden bar and tables, along with exposed brick and a rustic patio out back, make the perfect setting for an enchanting date night or the big family-style dinner the owner, Julie, loves the most.
Fanny certainly will not disappoint in style or substance. The menu keeps things interesting with a Mediterranean influence and favorites like PEI Mussels. A small pot of these French morsels, cooked in white wine and shallots, is a great way to kick off a meal. Another great start? Try the Homemade Paté with pork, chicken liver and green olives. Then, move on to the fish stew romesco (cod, shrimp and mussels in tomato broth with roasted peppers and almonds), or the lamb shoulder with fingerling potatoes. As for Fanny herself, the sculpture version can be seen playfully exposing herself atop whimsical shelves throughout the dining room, watching you as you dine. No matter whose hearts she wins in the movie, she proudly wins our stomachs with an order of the Lavender Blanc Manger dessert to finish things off.
Homemade Paté, $8
PEI Mussels, $11
Lamb Shoulder, $18
Fish Stew, $17
Lavender Blanc Manger, $6
Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. (lunch); 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (dinner)
Saturday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (brunch); 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. (dinner)