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Tag: 3.5

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.

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Fiorentino’s

Old school Italian in Gravesend – filled with the local aged population at 5:30.

What We Had

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I had the Pork chop with cherry peppers – a nicely broiled double chop with good peppers – and the
sautéed spinach with roasted garlic in olive oil, which was also very good. Oily, but good.

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My DH had the baked ziti, which was also not bad. Exactly what you would expect, down to the dish it went under the broiler in.

The bread basket was very bountiful.

Decor

Cavernous and dated.

Service

Liveried waiters and white tablecloths speak of bygone eras.

Overall Impressions

Old school but not bad. The menu is varied, the quality seemed to be decent, and they actually seasoned the meat – despite being a hangout for the aged.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for decent food if you happen to be in the area and in need of a sit-down dining experience.

Delicatessen

Gourmet deli in SoHo featuring items from the Mac bar next door, and a wide variety of brunch beverages.

What We Had

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I had the Brick Chicken – All natural chicken breast grilled under a brick with frisée, pine nuts, grapes, feta, and aged vinegar. The chicken was dry but well seasoned and the little salad was nice, but I wasn’t full.

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My DH had the Signature Burger – Special blend of ground beef, crisp pork belly, charred tomato and fried egg on a brioche bun lathered with warm “cheese sauce”. Really fuckin good. Tender, juicy, rich & decadent. The cheese sauce was perfect. Good fries.

Decor

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Lively current dancey music.

Open and airy decor with mirror, weathered wood and slick white.

Service

Slow bar service. our food order got messed up and the burger took forever and 3 days to come out after my chicken, but it was comped without having to ask.

Busy on a Sunday brunch day.

Overall Impressions

There were some real hits and misses.

3.5 out of 5 for a fabulous burger, and tasty but dry chicken. And, although the burger came out years after the chicken, at least they tried to make it right – can’t fault them there. The drinks were nice, that’s a plus.

Littleneck

Lobster, clams & seafood in top end of Prospect Park /lower Gowanus area.

What We Had

We split the glazed polish bacon with tomato jam & homemade pickles appetizer. The bacon was peppery, sweet, salty, smoky & sticky. Good fat to chew ratio. Fresh, bright pickles with nice lingering brine and pepper punch. Thick and darkly alluring tomato jam.

I had the Little neck clams with chile flakes, fregola & mustard greens. Good seasoning with nice heat and a flavorful broth.

My DH had the roasted striped bass with purple broccoli, garlic cream & polenta. The polenta was creamy and the fish was well cooked.

Decor

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Weathered rustic nautical feel

Service

Slow service

Overall Impressions

Not a bad little spot for a bite to eat or after dinner drink. Low lighting, cozy atmosphere, good food.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for good flavors but nerve-wracking service when you’re trying to catch a show. I suspect a subsequent visit might go better.

The Brazen Fox

Pub in White Plains

What We Had

I had the steak & eggs off the brunch menu with a mimosa – My steak (NY strip) was well-seasoned and perfectly rare with over-medium eggs. Good potatoes.

My DH had the shepherd’s pie off the lunch menu – The dish had a really interesting spice blend – something wholly American; kind of like taco seasoning. A nice little change in a dish that’s quickly become my DH’s go-to.

DH would like it noted that he was still hungry after polishing off his pie, a glass of Killians, a chunk of my potatoes & a toast half.

Decor

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Dark woods & burgundy leather – warm amber & cream lighting. Open, large and friendly looking. A fair amount of TVs, but not chock-a-block.

Service

Not the best service, but not horrible – weekend brunch slow.

Overall Impressions

This place has an exciting looking happy hour drinks menu and great beer selection. You also can’t go wrong with sriracha on the table.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for good food & an impressive drink menu, but lackluster service.

Beet Thai

Thai in Park Slope

What We Had

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I had the pineapple curry with chicken & lime leaves – The dish had a nice taste; the addition of raisins was interesting and not at all unwelcome.

Pork & chive pot stickers – They had nice seasoning but were low on crispiness.

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My DH had the Pad Thai with chicken – The addition of turnip pickles was new and interesting, otherwise the dish was standard but good. The sauce almost went over to gloopy but did not.

Decor

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Vibrant beet shade on the walls, with a happy, modern feel.

A word of caution about the chairs: if metal on concrete bothers you, beware. The chairs all have unfinished leg endings and the scrape is horrendous.

Service

Standard.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad little place, minus the chairs.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for solid food with gut wrenching chair scrapes.

Ten Japanese Cuisine

Sushi and dishes in Park Slope.

What We Had

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Sushi & Sashimi For Two

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Wasabi Pork Shumai – These were sinus clearing but tasty.

The sushi was really fresh, good quality, good variety and a nice roll. The raw shrimp sushi was on the challenging side.

Decor

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Modern black & white with pops of red.

Service

Not bad. Efficient.

Overall Impressions

Ako in Williamsburg is better, but this is closer. We base this not on the fish quality, which is superb at both places, but on the rice temperature and seasoning. Ako’s is better, therefore has to be our more favorite sushi spot.

Rating

DH says 3.5 out of 5 because the rice was nothing special, but I’m bumping it up to 3.75 because there was nothing wrong with the food and we will go there again.

Jordan’s Lobster Dock

Fresh casual seafood steps from the movie theater in Sheepshead Bay.

What We Had

I had the Lobster Roll with Sweet Potato Fries – The roll from the Brooklyn Lobster Pound was better seasoned, but this was nice. The lobster was cooked perfectly, with mayo on the side. clean, pure, simple. Skip the bun – it was of the store-bought hot dog variety, and proved unnecessary.

My DH had the Garlic Snow Crab Legs with Fries – his meal was decidedly decent – a little rubbery, but had a nice taste and he was covered in garlic butter by the end.

Brooklyn lager on tap.

Decor

Nothing fancy inside – weathered tables and chairs but no fish smell and a vague nautical theme. Large doors in the back lead to a retail fish market which also doesn’t smell like fish – just cold and ocean.

Service

Order at the counter – the counter guys were really young but friendly once we figured out how things were supposed to flow.

Overall Impressions

If you’re catching a movie, this might be your best bet in that area – it beats out the pizza place up the road and Friday’s.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for decent food in a clean but weathered environment.

Kelley and Peng

Vietnamese / noodle-focused Asian spot in SoHo.

What We Had

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I had the Vietnamese Noodles – Crispy egg noodles with shrimp and vegetables in a soy-based broth. This dish was satisfying and hit the spot on a hot afternoon of wandering.

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My DH had the Pho Bac – Fragrant Vietnamese soup with beef, rice noodles and basil. The pho was good too. Not stellar, but certainly did the trick.

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We also couldn’t resist an order of the Pork and Chive Dumplings, which were fantastic. Well seasoned, nicely fried, great sauce.

Décor

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Really well curated and visually arresting decor with floods of natural light producing almost an old photograph feel.

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Service

Order at the counter and they bring it to you.

Overall Impressions

A nice little place to stop down a side street in SoHo. Cash only, so be mindful of that.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for solid food in a really cool setting.

Cafe Steinhof

Artsy little Austrian cafe & beer spot in Park Slope.

What We Had

I had the Seafood Ragout – a nice hearty yet light bowl of mixed seafood and vegetables in a creamy white broth. This dish was light enough to enjoy in the summer, but would warm your bones in fall. A solid choice.

My DH had the Bratwurst with Lentils and Potatoes – decent sausage, nice buttery potatoes & solid lentils. A good dish, also multi-seasonal.

Décor

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Kitschy with artsy posters in English & German.

Service

Not bad.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad little cafe. They also have movie nights, which look kinda cool. My enjoyment of this place was tempered by trying to restrain myself from popping a bar patron on the nose – he left his dog outside while he and his kid ate – close enough to the door that the poor dog had nothing to distract himself from the fact that his people were just inside the door. He kept trying to make it in the door, getting hit with it in the process. Needless to say, this whole scene was distracting for fellow patrons.

Rating

3.5 out of 5

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