I have a long, long, LONG list of Brooklyn restaurants I want to try. So long, that I need to write them all down to remember them. I’ve picked out my top five here. Have you dined at any of them yet?
Ever since I read the five star review in Time Out New York, I’ve been dying to go to Isa in Williamsburg. I hear the food is very
seasonal, as the menu changes every day, and they even have orange wine. I don’t know why that is appealing, but it sounds like fun. Urban Daddy calls it a “rustic mediterranean cabin” that’s “intensely romantic.” That’s it. I’m going.
Combos like “sauteed brocoli rabe, roasted portabella truffle toast, and fried egg” & “salt & pepper white shrimp, golden pineapple, and sweet potatoes” really get me. Which is why I could probably spend hours engrossed in Traif’s menu. Those exciting combos plus their cocktail/wine list have made me really want to hit this spot up for some time. I just can’t decide whether to try brunch or dinner first. Thoughts?
I’m kind of embarrassed that I haven’t been to the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare yet. It’s close to my apartment and it’s known as one of the top restaurants in the city. What have I been waiting for? It’s a prix fixe meal with over 20 small plate courses. PLUS it’s BYOB and the only Brooklyn 3 Michelin Star restaurant.
4. The Grocery
I feel like I’ve been to every restaurant on Smith Street except The Grocery. Clearly that needs to change. I’m liking the dinner menu, but can’t help but drool over the dessert menu– with gingerbread steamed pudding, chocolate fig cake, and buttermilk pannacotta served with a grape sorbet. AND if you’re around this weekend, they are having a New Year’s Day pancake breakfast. Score.
My Twitter friend @ohthatlaura insisted that I try Pillar & Plough at Hotel Williamsburg, and I’m totally following her lead in 2012. Ingredients on the menu are all handpicked from local farms, like the Grilled Octopus with blood orange, caramelized endive, and white beer. AND the artesian cocktails are an added bonus.
Where will you be dining in 2012?