Did a bit of web browsing prior to our trip to New York and this little gem popped up in Brooklyn.
Very popular (glad we booked our Saturday table as several came and went away disappointed whilst we waited to be seated)
The staff were friendly and attentive, one of the two owners, Michael, is front of house and really knows his wines.
The restaurant is very dimly lit - I have good eyesight but needed to look hard to read the menu but this seems to be the trend in NY. The decor is very stripped-brick and wooden floors, again going with the current trends. incessant jazz (great if that's what does it for you)
My wife and I had the taster menu at $60 plus a further $30 for the wine pairings. In all 10 courses (including the dessert).
The food was a real treat beginning with a pear and endive salad, toasted pecans, pomegranate and parmesan leading through grilled fennel, homemade ravioli, Gnocchi with mushrooms, grilled octopus, seafood stew, rib of beef, hangar steak, and fois gras to a delightful but rich chocolate pudding with peanut butter mousse.
It sounds a lot but the courses are small enough to let you enjoy to the end. All beautifully cooked and presented and so good we booked again on getting the bill.
I regretted having a vodka and tonic when I arrived (honestly the worst V&T I've had) but the wines were superb. If I had a complaint there was just too much with a half glass with every course (the bad head next day evidenced this) Still, I didn't have to drink it all....or did I? The pairings were unusual in some cases but worked very well (Rioja with a seaood stew?).
Summary: Typically chic NY decor, fabulous food, great wines (listen to Michael..). In all, excellent value.
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