Brunch at Chez Ma Tante in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

chez ma tante

As we know, Brooklyn is all fancy now, and the whole concept of the humble and scrappy Brooklyn restaurant seems like a thing of the past. But Chez Ma Tante, a new restaurant in Greenpoint that bills itself as a British restaurant, opts for more of a neighborhoody vibe. There are no fancy blue banquettes or expensive looking wood paneled walls inside, just a modest bar and basic tables and chairs, clean and functional like they were the best pieces from Ikea.Read More

Reynard Re-Review: Brunch

curried kale and duck egg

If you’re looking for a scenic and civilized brunch in Williamsburg where seasonal, New American food is executed very well, then Reynard at the Wythe Hotel is a great spot. I’m normally not a fan of hotel restaurants, which tend to be bland since they need to have a middle-of-the-road approach to please their guests, but Reynard isn’t like that. On my last visit, I fell in love with their cast iron pancakes and was impressed by the originality of their baked eggs with crispy black rice. Sadly, these items weren’t on the menu when I returned in late January, but I did embrace the change, specifically in the form of the sourdough pancake and the frittata. I probably wouldn’t order the curried kale again, as it was a little too soupy for my liking, and the merguez sausage, while an interesting choice, was a very gamey and salty one. Overall, though, despite a few misses here and there, I was generally happy with the food and enjoyed taking in the views from the pretty, well-lit Victorian dining room filled with the attractive people of Brooklyn.    Read More

Fausto in Park Slope, Brooklyn

tagliatelle with lamb shank ragu, anchovy and pecorino toscana

Park Slope is known for being stroller friendly, but its restaurants are not quite at the destination-worthy level as places in Williamsburg or Bushwick. That may change, however, with the recent opening of Fausto, a dressy-casual Italian restaurant that took over the old Franny’s location. The team members are alums of West Village favorite L’Artusi, and they’ve brought the same attractive aesthetic and commitment to high quality pastas to Fausto. It’s by far the nicest restaurant on this particular stretch of Park Slope, a quiet block which is made up mostly of humble retail shops with the exception of a Sweet Chick restaurant at the corner of Flat Bush Ave and Park Pl. Read More

Celestine in DUMBO

mixing drinks at the celestine bar

I’ve always thought of DUMBO as home to the scrappier, Millennial set – after all, a lot of startups are based out of there, and it’s also where Dan Humphrey the “poor” kid on Gossip Girl lived. So it took me by surprise to see such a polished and grown-up restaurant like Celestine open up here. When you step into the beautiful space and marvel at the stunning waterfront views, you don’t feel like you’re in Brooklyn at all. Maybe a high-end Los Angeles or Chicago restaurant, because there’s just so much space and there’s sophisticated jazz playing in the background, which is not something you come across all that often in Brooklyn. Celestine was clearly designed with the intent of being an impressive destination restaurant, and it succeeds, drawing guests from beyond the local Brooklyn Millennials judging by the well-heeled couples and families taking their seats on a recent Sunday evening.Read More