Sometimes it’s hard to find the restaurant atmosphere you’re going for– something not too formal, but not too casual either, it’s that perfect balance in between. Lola BKLYN can help you with that Goldilocks-style dilemma. They’ve made some changes recently since the Lola of the past, and they’re serving up gastropub comfort food with a little twist, just right for a group dinner of share-able plates and cocktails.
I suggest ordering a bunch of different items to create your own tasting. Go for the Meatballs– they aren’t your traditional beef meatballs, but a trio of bison, salmon and chickpea. I liked the chickpea variety the best, resembling a hearty falafel ball. They’re also served upon mashed potatoes– a play on “meat and potatoes,” perhaps? Follow up with The Green Devils; they’re like deviled eggs, but instead of an egg, you’ll be served an avocado boat filled with lobster salad, chili con carne, or caprese salad. I also enjoyed an in-house fave, the Tangerine Salad, or arugula with blood orange, feta, mint, pumpkin seeds, red onion, and a balsamic drizzle. Other popular picks include the duck poutine (apparently a good food to pair with a night of drinking), veggie fries, and the bison burger.
The cocktail menu mirrors the dinner menu– they’re both fun to read, and with plenty of variety. I went with the “Festival Oaxaca,” which was described to me as a winter margarita, a mix of tequila, Grand Marnier, agave syrup, lime, and topped with Rioja. Not a tequila fan? Try The Headless Horseman, a blend of rum, pumpkin ale, orange juice, and topped with Myer’s Dark Rum.
The takeway here: Lola BKLYN is taking Fort Greene by storm with their brilliant backyard space, fun events, Tuesday trivia nights, and fun comfort food. Grab some friends, go for some cocktails, and fill up on duck poutine and bison burgers. Oh yes, and don’t forget the chocolate tart.