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Timothee Spitzer, a Parisian ex-pat, waited patiently for someone in his Greenpoint neighborhood to open the kind of patisserie that offered the fresh-baked croissants and bread he loved back home.

When no one did, he opened Gribouille (pronounced gri-boo-ee, the name’s French for "scribble," and a television cartoon character) in neighboring Williamsburg, a 24-seat patisserie and bistro with outdoor seating for 15.

"When we started in March," says Spitzer (pictured at left with co-owner Anthony Cottet, seated), "we just offered pastry, good coffee, salads and brunch. We now have dinner service with a three-course prix fixe menu." The self-confessed "antique freak" fills his airy, window-lined space with vintage pottery and kitchen utensils he’s collected over the years.

"It’s clean and bright in here, and old fashioned, too," he says.

Surprisingly, the pastry chef at this Gallic retreat is American. Jeanne Neivert, formerly of Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan, bakes the buttery croissants, brittle-crusted tarts and rich quiches.

Spitzer oversees the savory end of the menu. He’s proud of the tuna nicoise, made with fresh fish, and the brunch menu that includes a dish of organic eggs cooked in cream with wild mushrooms and bacon.

Wine and beer should be available in August.

Gribouille (2 Hope St. at Roebling Street in Williamsburg) accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Soups, salads and quiches: $5.50-$8.50; omelets, tarts and sandwiches: $7.50-$12.50; pastry: $3.50-$5. Three-course, prix fixe lunch is $12.95; three-course prix fixe dinner is $28.95. The patisserie is open from 8 am to 10 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Brunch is served on the weekends, from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, call (718) 384-3100.

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