Here is a quick preview of the Dine in Brooklyn Week • Brooklyn Paper
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Gentlemen, start your appetizers.
On Monday, more than 200 restaurants from Greenpoint to Gravesend and Red Hook to Bushwick kick off the seventh annual “Dine in Brooklyn” week, a 10-day festival with three-course (mostly) gourmet dinners for just $ 25. Lunch at participating restaurants is $ 20.10, which should be easy to remember.
“America’s culinary epicenter is right here in Brooklyn,” said Borough President Markowitz, delighted with his annual role as maitre d ‘of the city.
But which restaurants are worth your time (and your dime)? The GO Brooklyn team raved about this great area, sampling dishes that will be on the menu next week. Our guide is by no means comprehensive, so information about Dine in Brooklyn is available at www.visitbrooklyn.org.
32 Withers St. between Lorimer Street and Union Avenue in Williamsburg. (718) 384-8831
A Williamsburg institution since the early 1900s, this old-school Italian restaurant serves clam marinara as part of its Dine In Brooklyn menu. Covered with a strong tomato sauce and a generous amount of parsley, the mussels are fresh and flavorful. The meatballs are excellent too.
bread and butter
46 Henry Street between Cranberry and Middagh Streets in Brooklyn Heights. (718) 858-9605
Bread and Butter opened at the Le Petit Marche site in early January and is bringing its southern frying to Dine In Brooklyn. Sure, the Manhattan Gray Lady recently waved the joint, but we had a more pleasant experience chewing on a delicious macaroni and cheese (we went the extra mile and ordered the high-end version – with truffles, porcini mushrooms, and matured Parmigiano). , followed by the burger, cooked to perfection and with carmelized onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Tell the New York Times to eat it (no, we’re talking about the burger!).
434 Seventh Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets in Park Slope, (718) 369-3144
After less than a year in business, Fonda is already one of the most popular restaurants in Park Slope. And one of the best things on the menu (besides the margaritas) is featured next week: pork adobo. Our tasting revealed the myriad of flavors embedded in this bowl of tender pork goodness: the spiciness of the chillies, the sweetness of chocolate, and the hearty quality that only pork can offer. The duck zarape – two corn tortillas filled with shredded duck and a spicy tomato and habanero sauce – was a delicious starter.
Provence en Boite, owned by Leslie Bernat, will have its superb onion soup and mushroom and goat cheese salad on the menu at Dine in Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Paper / Julie Rosenberg
195 Dekalb Avenue on Carlton Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 855-9190
This 10-year-old South African star is very popular for his quirky, otherworldly menu of South African dishes with Indian and African influences such as samosas (called “samoosas” on this menu) and curries. But the standout dish is the sweet and vinegar baby back ribs, which fall off the bone in juicy chunks with a thick, fruity barbecue sauce.
440 Bergen St. between Fifth and Flatbush Avenues on Park Slope, (718) 230-5925
Owner Muguette Siem A Sjoe will have two outstanding main dishes on her special menu: a grilled short rib of beef, which is similar to an NFL football in scope, and a wonderfully juicy salmon with a crispy skin. Sjoe’s five-year-old eatery has just landed Top Chef star Mark Simmons, who continues the restaurant’s success – baking a lovely melted chocolate cake (with sea salt and black pepper to break the stereotype).
652 Union St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues in Park Slope, (718) 636-6311
When the pork tacos speak for the rest of the three-course meal served at Palo Santo, a wild ride of Latin American flavors awaits. We finally found a pork that actually has some flavor and kick, and the homemade guacamole alone will send any avocado lover into a maddened frenzy.
8201 Third Avenue on 82nd Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 833-6666
Chef Anthony Rinaldi shows his zeal best with his grilled tilapia and risotto dish. The tilapia – usually a tasteless fish – is given a sweet and salty bowl with a few sauces, all on a creamy bed of cheese risotto (with shrimp!), Grilled asparagus and a beef and ginger emulsion. Considering this main course costs $ 25 on a normal day, it will be a steal during the Brooklyn dine.
Provence in a box
263 Smith St. on Degraw Street in Carroll Gardens, (718) 797-0707
Jean-Jacques and Leslie Bernat’s Country French Joint is a lilac-scented treat. This year, the Dine in Brooklyn menu will be the couple’s oh-so-traditional onion soup (yes, it’s covered in a thick blanket of Gruyere) and Salad Cosi, a pile of a marinated portobello mushroom, a thick slice of tomato, and a cap Goat cheese on garlic toast.
Fran Sippel, owner of Downtown Atlantic, shows Borough President Markowitz all her pride: cupcakes!
The Brooklyn Paper / Andy Campbell