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Posted by Arnie R. on 10/04/2013
First time, Order the chicken with buckwheat dumplings in an amazing mushroom broth. I also recommend the fish of the day entree, although I've only tasted from the plates of companions. The pastas are worthy of Batali and the rib eye, a favorite cut, delicious. Solid wine list, fairly priced, and the bar has Widow Jane bourbon and rye. And, oh, the breads and pastries. I've often stopped for a quick breakfast of crossant and coffee. The chef and baker deserve notoriety. Only negative is sometimes hard to get a short notice reservation on weekends.
Posted by anonymous on 08/23/2013
I recently moved to Gowanus, and I'm still trying to find my "local" place. I've had the great pastries here for brunch, and at the Brooklyn Bridge market, but I hadn't had dinner there yet. Stopped in for a drink after work, and decided to eat at the bar-so glad I did! The rib-eye was spot on, and the cherry trifle was so good I wanted to lick the dish. This place is definitely my new place, and I'll be bringing my friends in-they'll be jealous they don't live as close. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2013
Manhattan in Brooklyn. Overpriced with tiny portions. Pretentious menu. Cash only. Food wasn't bad, but not worth the coin.
Posted by Benni on 03/29/2013
I'm surprised by the previous reviewer-my boyfriend and I went there, and had to split a dessert we were both close to busting! And I don't split dessert with anyone! Really, the chicken dish was great-moist and tender but still crispy skin. The lamb, though, is were it's at! Sometimes lamb can be gamey, but not here. I'm definitely getting that next time. The olive pastry treat before dinner is just that-a treat. I wish they made that as a loaf. The walnut ice cream is definitely worth unbuttoning your pants for-toothsome and creamy. I wish I could've taken some home. All in all, a really great addition to the neighborhood. Don't be dissuaded-you won't be disappointed!
Posted by Aninymous on 03/10/2013
Although we loved the design and feel of the place, we were so disappointed in the food, from amuse bouche to main course. The portions were embarassingly tiny- and we're not big eaters. The duck pastrami was uninteresting and red cabbage gnocci was literally dripping in and tasted only of butter. The waitress, although pleasant enough stumbled n describing any wine in a helpful way except "bold" or "bolder". Too bad the dessert , which was very good came too late to make up for all the ho hum that preceded it. We can't even say the chef must have been overwhelmed- we came early and it was not busy!
Posted by anonymous on 01/11/2013
I recently checked this place out and I'm hooked. I went in for coffee/breakfast, and then went back for dinner. I haven't been there yet for lunch or brunch, though I certainly plan to. The coffee is great, and the bread and pastries are off the charts! I had a croissant, which was perfect, and took a baguette to go, though it barely made it home as I ate most of it on my walk. Dinner was pretty much spot-on. The atmosphere is great, and the staff is all (refreshingly) friendly. I ordered the spaghetti with a fish sauce, and my friend got the chicken (we shared). Both were delicious. The spaghetti had a nice spicy/peppery flavor in the sauce (but not over-powering), and the chicken was surprisingly flavorful. We split the affogato for dessert, though I could have easily eaten three more -- the hazelnut ice cream (which the waitress told us they make in-house) was heavenly. Finally, the check came and I fell in love with this place all over again. It's super-reasonable. I plan to be back...often.
Posted by Frank on 01/06/2013
The place is inviting and the host Elias is welcoming and you can see he works hard at being the host and that nothing from busing a table, bring out food or making a guest feel welcomed is beneath him. The amuse busche you are greeted with is a nice touch, this was an olive tarte warm and nicely baked. The breads are baked in house and are delicious and the house whipped Ronnybrook buttermilk butter is a nice rich touch. The duck pastrami is a very tasty appetiser with pickles, rye bread and onions. The gnocchi was delicious with house made sausage and red cabbage. The roast chicken was perfect with a buckwheat dumpling and the bacon wrapped fish (tonight it was MA hake) was nicely layed on a risotto that @ $19 was the most expensive dish. The beer & booze list is nice, but the drink list needs to move a little bit away from all things vodka. The desserts need some work as these guys are bakers and can do better. All in all the place is warm and we will be back.