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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.

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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.

Pork Slope

Pork-centric casual sandwich restaurant/dive bar in Park Slope from the mind(s) behind Talde and Thistle Hill.

What We Had

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My DH had the Mother Porker – a classic porky melt (cheddar rolled pork bratwurst, grilled onions & mustard) with bacon, egg and pickled jalapeño – This sandwich was a flavor bomb of porky goodness. Great sausage, killer balance, and an egg. Lots to love here.

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He also had the Crispy Mac & Cheese – Delicious, with a lovely layer of almost-burnt cheese.

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I had the Pulled Pork Sandwich – 24 hour brined & hickory smoked pork shoulder with BBQ sauce and pickles – the Texas toast came out a little too wet for me to eat everything as a sandwich, but the meat was killer. The porcine gods are smiling.

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I also had the Smoky Collard Greens – I had high hopes, given Chef Talde’s prowess with other green veggies (I’m thinking specifically of his brussels special at Talde) and I was not disappointed. Vinegary, smoky, cooked until slippery and luxurious; this was one tasty bowl of greens.

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My DH continued his citywide bloody mary sampling with a Michael Collins – Irish whiskey and fresh house made Bloody Mary mix with a house smoked rosemary and sea salt rim – This was a crazy good bloody. I think Char No. 4 is still his favorite, but this version is right up there (with the more Asian-inspired version served at Talde) in the pantheon of greats.

I had a Brooklyn Mule – Brooklyn Republic vodka, ginger beer & fresh lime – This drink was everything I wanted it to be – light, refreshing and a nice summer sip.

Decor

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Pork & Brooklyn -centric decor ala local punk dive bar with great music (if you like a heavily punk soundtrack played at a comfortable volume for listening an talking).

Service

Decent for a bar.

Overall Impressions

Yum. This is one of those spots that successfully straddles the line between local hangout and somewhere worth taking the train to visit. It feels homey without being exclusive and simple enough to be a no-brainer weeknight choice for those days when you don’t want to think too hard and just want something good.

Rating

4.5 out of 5. I was leaning more toward 4, since there aren’t many options for the sandwich-challenged (although you can order just a side of meat), but the DH had pork in his eyes 🙂

Waterfront Ale House

Waterfront Ale House

Dive-ish bar & grill in Cobble Hill. Known for good liquor & free popcorn.

What We Had

I had the Pulled Smoked Chicken in Mustard Sauce Sandwich with coleslaw – The chicken was nice and juicy, with a pleasant sweet and sour tang from the mustard sauce. It was also pulled well, with a good mix of large to small chunks and no fat or gristle. The coleslaw was also a nice surprise – mustardy, refreshing and crisp.

My DH had the French Dip Sandwich with fries – This was a great sandwich; good meat cooked well, with robust flavor and really good fries.

Much to my continued delight, this place specializes in condiments, with at least three special house brands lined up along the myriad bottles of mustards, BBQ sauces and hot sauces.

To Drink

Magic Hat Elder Betty
Coney Island Blockhead

Décor

Minimal with an interesting lighted cityscape over the bar.

Service

Not the worst ever – it’s a bar and grill; adjust your expectations accordingly.

Overall Impressions

This is a quaint little neighborhood watering hole – great for drinks, mingling, and a bite.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for food that was better than expected.

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