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Category: American

Alchemy

American fare + bar in Park slope.

What We Had

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I had the corned beef hash & eggs with hollandaise & organic mixed greens – they actually forgot the hollandaise, and that was just fine by me – it wasn’t needed. This dish was great. House made corned beef, well-seasoned potatoes, and a nice little salad. A winner.

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My DH had the grass fed angus burger with shallot confit, tomato, lettuce & fries – really nice burger with good seasoning and plenty of juice. The fries were decent, too, and he had a bit of the greens salad as well. Another hit.

Decor

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We sat in the back garden, which was very sunny but nice. The restaurant has lots of dark woods with iron accents.

Service

Decent.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad brunch at all. The coffee wasn’t great, but the food was spot on.

Rating

4 out of 5 for great food in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Wilma Jean

New more casual spot from the Seersucker (May it rest in peace) and Nightingale 9 guys.

What We Had

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I had a fried chicken breast with field pea & cherry tomato salad and buttermilk ranch with a lemonade.

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My DH had the fried chicken sandwich with mac & cheese and a Peak Organic IPA (mental note: I actually liked this beer and I hate IPAs).

Whoo hoo! This is the same fantastic fried chicken we fell in love with at Seersucker. Which is good, because we are semi-addicted and were totally worried that we’d never have fried chicken again.

The mac was good, the field pea salad was nice and light and fresh – and the ranch was great. I had forgotten how much I love ranch + fried chicken.

Decor

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Dark woods and white tables – small (this restaurant inhabits the space Nightingale 9 used to be in – Nightingale 9 has moved to the old Seersucker spot) but open and sunny.

Service

We went on their second day open, so it wasn’t as great as it will be.

Overall Impressions

This is a great little casual dinner place. Though I will still sorely miss the variety of items Seersucker served, Wilma Jean keeps the elevated Southern cuisine vibe alive with a re-focusing on fewer dishes (mostly involving fried chicken). The pimento cheese made the jump from the old place, as did the collards. I am sad to say the biscuits did not.

Rating

5 out of 5 for stellar chicken though give them a week or two to work the kinks out.

Morgan’s BBQ

Texas style BBQ & bourbon in Flatbush.

What We Had

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Brisket
Pulled pork
Pork sausage
Collards
Mac & cheese

The meats were great – both exactly what you would expect and/or want. The sausage was a touch fatty for my taste, but the DH loved it and the taste was good. The sides were also good – the greens were cooked right with just a bit of bite left (they’re also vegan), and the Mac was good, too.

Decor

Woods, sarcastic bar signs and chalkboard.

Service

Efficient and gearing up for a long game night.

Overall Impressions

Looks like it could be a fun little spot, depending upon the day’s clientele. We visited on a Friday post-work when a game happened to be going on at The Barclays, and the bar crowd was already drunk & loud at 5:30 pm. It was college kids from presumedly out of town, so they were at least amusing.

Rating

4 out of 5 for some solid BBQ

Hope & Anchor

Cute little diner in Red Hook with a rock n roll vibe. We stopped in for brunch on the way to IKEA.

What We Had

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I had the Steak & eggs with greens as a side – this was good. A petite steak with some fantastic dressing and a good amount of greens. No complaints. The steak was properly seasoned and cooked and wasn’t too fatty.

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My DH had the Breakfast burrito with meat (bacon & sausage) – which was also tasty – and huge.

Decor

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Red sparkly vinyl, old woods and mirrors.

Service

Good. Multiple people checked on us during our meal and service was efficient.

Overall Impressions

A good place. The food was good, the atmosphere is great, and we can’t wait to stop in for the dinner menu & a beer.

Rating

4 out of 5 for good food and a cute atmosphere.

67 Burger

Burgers & boozy shakes in Fort Greene.

What We Had

My DH had the Mozzarella Bacon Burger.

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I had the bunless Avocado, Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Burger.

On a subsequent visit, we also had fries – both sweet and white potato varieties.

The burgers are juicy, well-seasoned, and prepared correctly. The fries are decent – a bit oily, but not too bad. The burger toppings are varied and exciting.

Decor

Neighborhood-specific mural on the wall, open feel.

Service

Counter service with tableside delivery as items are finished.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad little burger joint if you’re in the neighborhood.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for solid burgers

Alder

More casual-ish offshoot of WD-50, located in the Lower East Side.

What We Had

Like WD-50, the menu at Alder is arranged from smaller dishes to larger dishes and sharing is encouraged.

Smaller Dishes

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Foie gras with pumpkin pie taste, pomegranate jam, maple flakes and cookie crostini — This dish was the first we had and really kicked the meal off properly. Just rich and luxurious enough for foie, with pretty much the essence of fall right there.

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Scotch quail eggs with onion marmalade and arugula — And now I’m spoiled on Scotch eggs forever. Yum.

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Pigs in a blanket – Chinese style duck and pork sausage with Japanese wasabi mustard and sweet chili sauce — I, for some unknown reason, wasn’t expecting much from this dish. I’m happy to say that I was woefully wrong.

Pickled Beets with clouds of coconut ricotta and crunchy Thai basil — Holy wtf. Fan. Freakin. Tastic, and the perfect mid-meal veggie.

Larger Dishes

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Day boat scallops with delicate little hushpuppies, Swiss chard wrap, and fresh kimchi — prefect scallops, little puppie pillows, and some nice little texture going on there.

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Tongue with smoked yucca fritter, pickled cippolini onions, and chimichurri dashi — if tongue could ever be considered sexy, it would be because of this dish. Luxurious and velvety meat tangle with some nice back bone from the fritter and a delicate broth.

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Root beer pudding with smoked cashews — this was so good it made me angry. I kind of had my way with it.

Our food was unreasonably good. I could be redundant and say each and every dish was Amazeballs, but suffice it to say – they all were, and sadly it’s unreasonable to expect every meal to be this fabulous.

My DH had the Reserve Special Black Ale and I had the Doc something to drink. Both very tasty.

Decor

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Modern and cool with slates and woods.

Service

Stellar.

Overall Impressions

There was no doubt that we were going to love this place. We love WD-50, and Alder was no disappointment.

Rating

5 out of 5 for unreasonably good food in a great atmosphere.

The Clover Club

American food + bar specializing in revival artisanal cocktails in Cobble Hill.

What We Had

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I had the Clever Girl Royale – Old Tom gin, vanilla, lemon, blackberries, raspberries & prosecco – Fantastic. Clean, bright and rich – perfect for brunch.

My DH had the Bourbon Bloody Mary – Really deep and complex – maybe too complex? Hits of vanilla and all sorts of stuff. Kept him guessing throughout the meal.

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For brunch, I had the Pork n grits – Braised pork served over cheddar Anson Mill grits, topped with a sunnyside-up egg and crispy shallots. Served with sourdough toast. This dish was fantastic. Hearty, filling and luscious with really satisfying bread.

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My DH had the French Dip (came with simple dressed greens) – Nothing to hide behind here – just a simple sandwich where quality shines through. Great meat and real jus.

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He also had his own side of cheddar grits – which were delicious, even without pork.

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And we couldn’t resist the Bacon Tasting – A selection of three styles of thick cut bacon. Maple bacon, black pepper bacon and duck bacon. Split verdict on the favorite – I loved the duck bacon; the DH loved the maple. All three were awesome.

Decor

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Black & white & dark wood & glass.

Service

Food was really slow, but the service wasn’t bad otherwise.

Overall Impressions

We came on recommendation of a bartender at one of my favorite bars in Manhattan – The Flatiron Lounge. Owned by the same people, both locations make drinks you can’t get out of your head.

Rating

4 out of 5 if you’re not in a hurry for stellar drinks and great food.

Five Leaves

New American gastropub/cafe in Greenpoint.

What We Had

My DH had the Red waddle pork chop with curry roast sweet potato, lime cream, cashews & lardon. His pork chop was underwhelming – he reported that he’s had better at home – which, while flattering, is not something you necessarily want to hear about a $20-something cut of meat. His sweet potatoes were great and I’m going to have to attempt re-creating them, along with the lime cream. He was sad that the lardon was more of a garnish than any real part of the dish. This dish was not bad or memorable.

I had the slow roasted Long Island duck with braised endive, black lentils & fennel-kumquat salad. I really liked mine. The duck was as fantastic as roasted duck always is – with mahogany lacquered skin and luxurious fatty richness. I also really enjoyed the orangey kick of the lentils. They gave a nice counterbalance to the richness of the duck. The big honking roast fennel was a tad awkward, but I love roast fennel so I made it work.

We also split a half dozen market oysters, which were fantastic.

I had a Southern Belle cocktail – black tea infused vodka, lemon, mint & sparkling wine – and it was magnificent.

The DH had a beer.

No dish pics – it was too dark.

Decor

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This is actually a bathroom shot, since the dining room was too full and dim.

Distressed wood and worn leather with iron and warm candle accents in the dining room, rustic ship accents in the bathroom. Eclectic music selection. The ambiance was really good – I was loving the candlelight reflected in water bottles and glasses all around the dining room.

Service

There.

Overall Impressions

Not bad. I’d been excited about having dinner here for awhile – we’re just so rarely in this part of town for dinner – and I’m glad we’ve crossed it off the list. If we lived in the neighborhood, I’m sure we’d go back – my duck was great, the oysters were great, and that cocktail was really something special. As it stands, though, there are many more places in town calling our names — including a really fun looking beer hall type place down the block.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 because mine was great and his was so-so.

Umami Burger

NYC outcrop of a popular California chain.

What We Had

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I had The Original – Parmesan crisp, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions & house ketchup – cooked medium-rare with no bun.

I also had an order of sweet potato fries with signature sweet salt (brown sugar salt).

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My DH had the Manly Burger – Beer-cheddar cheese, bacon lardons, smoked salt onion rings, house ketchup & mustard spread cooked medium-rare on a bun.

He also had thin fries (plain).

OMFG amazing. Definitely in our top 5 favorite burgers ever.. And that sweet salt … That sweet salt on the sweet potato fries with the diablo or jalapeƱo ranch sauce – I heard a heavenly chorus. The meat was great – the burger had a perfect hard sear while retaining lots of juice and perfect doneness – and the toppings were all placed in service to umami. Truly fantastic.

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Decor

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Built for mass traffic with durable slate floors, commercial seating and an open floor plan.

Service

We visited on a Saturday around lunch and there was a 10-15 minute wait presided over by an iPad equipped hostess who seemed to be on top of things.

Our server seemed to be operating in a general state of confusion, but still managed to deliver our meals quickly.

Overall Impressions

Zomfg, where have you been all my life? We need to go back soon and often.

Rating

5 out of 5 for a nearly perfect meal. It’s not cheap as burgers go, but it’s worth it – and has officially unseated shake shack as my DH’s favorite burger place burger.

Potlikkr

New American with a focus on dishes inspired by Southern cuisine in Williamsburg.

What We Had

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I had the corned beef hash with poached eggs and Boston brown French toast – Fantastic. Splendidly caramelized meat, subtly sweet bread and potato mountains. A few of my potatoes were underdone, but still delicious.

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My DH had the Philly French dip with pressed steak, caramelized onions & bell peppers, beer cheese and dipping jus. – Well seasoned steak and a lovely combination with the beer cheese. His only gripe was that the gristle quotient on the meat was high for a sandwich.

I had a tart cherry white sangria, which was happy making and huge.

He had a Bloody Mary with pickled pole beans, which was good but needed a little more salt element.

Decor

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Clean open interior – farmhouse meets modern

Service

Decent service

Overall Impressions

This is a cute little place and I’m glad we finally made it. Can’t wait to come back and check out the dinner offerings. And have more of that sangria.

Rating

4 out of 5 for really tasty food.