There’s a little place in Boerum Hill that’s offering a unique, relaxing, almost zen-like atmosphere, that you likely haven’t heard much about. Bijan’s Brooklyn on Hoyt Street is serving up Persian-inspired fare and “medicinal cocktails” unlike any other Brooklyn eatery or drinkery I’ve visited. The cocktails are mixed up to cure your ailments– like The Bijan, a concoction of vodka with pineapple, healing mint, immune-building elderflower, and cayenne, or my fave– The Red Hot Pump, with tequila, pumpkin, triple sec, cayenne, and fresh lime. It’s the real deal too– the medicinal herbs are provided by The Herb Shoppe.
The dinner menu also focuses on herbs and spices, but also simply prepared dishes. The mezes are the perfect intro to Bijan’s, like the eggplant and crushed walnuts with sumac and olive oil, served with fresh pita. I followed that with seared scallops served with heirloom tomatoes, and topped with olive oil and pine nuts. If you’ve spent one too many nights dining on bacon wrapped fried food and greasy pizzas, this spa-esque cuisine may be a good break. Plus, it’s affordable, with $6 mezes, $8 salads and $12-$19 entrees.
Check out the full menu here. I’ve yet to try brunch– but I’ll be back soon.