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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.

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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.

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.

Kittery

Seafood and more in Cobble Hill.

What We Had

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I had a whole steak and eggs thing planned from the old menu and had to roll with the punches to settle on the only thing that could be made Whole30 (paleo + no sugar) compliant – the 2 eggs any style dish. I dropped the home fries and toast, having just the eggs (which I ordered over medium), the side salad with decent balsamic, and I ordered a separate side of avocado. My meal was okay, though the eggs were completely hammered.

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My DH had the thick cut cinnamon French toast with a side of bacon – by all accounts, it was pretty good but not show stopping.

Decor

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We ate outside in the summer lobster themed dining space. It’s cute.

Service

So-so. They did what they could, but the food took about half an hour to start coming out to diners (we arrived shortly after opening and was the second table – three others arrived after us).

Overall Impressions

This was their first brunch service after rolling out a new menu and it showed.

Rating

3 out of 5 for a disappointing new menu (not as much variety or novelty – had we not seen the previous version, we would have eaten somewhere up the street) and so-so food.

Thistle Hill Tavern

Thistle Hill Tavern

American gastropub from the minds that brought you Talde & Pork Slope.

What We Had

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I had The Chop – Smoked 16 ounce Lucki Seven pork chop with red onions. — It was pretty good. A little dry. Overcooked – hard well – but still tasty.

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My DH had the Burger — Also pretty good but a little dry and overcooked (well, ordered mid rare). The fries were the best part.

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We split some Deviled Eggs – The chicken skin was both of ours’ favorite. Good. Not overly flavorful, but nice for a deviled egg lover.

Decor

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Pub style dark woods and local history pieces.

Service

Ok.

Overall Impressions

Not bad, but not as special as the other restos in the roster.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 because there are a lot of paleo-friendly options, but the execution wasn’t spot on.

Lola BKLYN

Casual & funky new American in Fort Greene

What We Had

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I had the Mussels & Fries with coconut curry sauce and sweet potato fries – I think this is my favorite no-fuss, it’s hot as balls dinner. And the potatoes were stellar.

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My DH had the There’s Only One Steak with garlic butter sauce and Mac n cheese – Pretty damn decent steak; really good Mac & cheese.

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We also had the Rock Shrimp Ceviche Green Devil – This avocado boat was exactly what I needed it to be. Very satisfying.

I had a Soulless Ginger – Cucumber mint lemonade with ginger infused vodka, topped with ginger ale — It was fantastic. Cool refreshing and light.

Te DH had a Tito’s Bacon Bloody Mary – house blend garnished with cornichons, green olives, celery & bacon — It was good but not the best in town. The bacon salt was a nice touch.

He also had a Kentucky Sunshine – bourbon, blood orange, orange bitters, prosecco — This was a tasty combo.

Decor

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Cute & funky interior with a back garden.

Service

Really personable and helpful service.

Overall Impressions

A cute little place to meet friends or go for date night. The food was great, and the atmosphere was inviting.

Rating

4 out of 5 for a good time.

The Green Table

A local farm-to-table joint serving updated American classics in Chelsea Market.

What We Had

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We started with Deviled Farm Eggs 4 Ways (Classic Southern, Wasabi, Bacon Relish, Pimento Cheese) – The bacon was, not surprisingly, our favorite.

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I had the GT Burger- Wrighteous Organics beef, kimchi, bacon & tomato relish on Amy’s roll – in a word: fantastic. Juicy burger, nice bright pickled punch from the kimchi, and round sweetness from the relish made for a well-balanced dish. Great dressed greens side, good bun.

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My DH had the Mac & Cheese – Goat, Colby, cheddar, and Parmesan with organic pasta and breadcrumbs – Cheesy and delicious with a nice dressed greens salad alongside.

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To drink, my DH had the Bloody, which was fantastic and spicy.

I had the Gin & Basil & Lime – It tasted like those green icee pop things in plastic tubes from childhood in the best possible way.

Decor

Tiny dining room – great if your fellow diners don’t cackle like great whooping loons on ecstasy.

Service

Attentive.

Overall Impressions

The food was great; the overall experience, not so much. Still, we want to re-visit. Just hopefully on a quieter day.

Rating

3.75 out of 5, though the knife through the temple caused by the aforementioned table of desperation really wasn’t the restaurant owners’ fault. It is something to be on the lookout for in small spaces.

Heartland Brewing Company

Large brewery & pub right off of Union Square.

What We Had

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My DH had the Heartland Big Bite Burger – angus beef with aged cheddar and applewood smoked bacon. Juicy and tasty burger, limp bacon and nice fries.

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I had the Smothered Steak – black angus steak covered with mushroom & onions and a side of sautĂ©ed spinach. Overcooked steak (ordered rare, got medium-well) but still juicy with nice Worcestershire seasoning and grill flavoring, good mushrooms & onions, and a metric ton (almost 2 cups) spinach. I was in spinach heaven.

We also had the house-brewed Summertime Apricot Ale and Not Tonight Honey Porter, both of which were nice.

Decor

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Black wood, exposed brick, lofty open spaces over the beautiful old bar and brew tanks in back.

Service

Decent.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad place to grab an unfussy lunch or drinks.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for good for what it is pub food with a great selection of house brews – and plenty of room, to boot.

The Modern

Upscale dishes and cocktails Inside MoMA. Plates are served in categories by size – small, medium, large.

What We Had

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Tarte flambĂ© with creme fraiche, onion & applewood smoked bacon – This was like a very tasty, very smoky pizza. Good flavor.

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Slow poached farm egg in a jar with Maine lobster, hon shimeji mushroom & sea urchin froth – Good, but not the belle of the ball I wanted it to be. The egg could have gone a hair longer. The lobster was perfect & the mushroom was fabulous. The uni taste was so subtle I was sad to have missed it. I liked; DH not so much.

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Foie gras terrine with muscat gelee & toasted brioche – Crazy good and very decadent. The gelee was a perfect bright and snappy counterpoint to the silky and sexy foie. The toast was a little brittle. This was the hit of the day and a dish we are both still thinking about.

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Black angus beef tenderloin with Munster gratin, onion confit & cumin jus – nice sauce; something different. Really great beef. A very solid dish.

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Saffron tagliatelle with cider braised rabbit, chanterelle mushrooms and kale – fantastic. Perfect pasta, tender rabbit, jus I wanted more of. Wanted more rabbit – only 3 tiny pieces – but overall a success.

Decor

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About what you’d expect – very modern and clean-lined, but very busy and a little in the noisy side.

Service

Slow service. The restaurant was packed, but the service was still slow.

Overall Impressions

A good find in a museum. Not somewhere I would want to spring for every museum visit, but good. The atmosphere was a little too institutional cafeteria feeling for the food and price for me, despite the nice decor. This would be a great happy hour spot, or nibbles on a date after seeing an exhibit, but not a full dinner – too noisy for that.

Rating

4 out of 5 for really great food, but slow service. A little pricey for what it was. Trying but just short of mark for the price point.