Review of Misi in Williamsburg

As a restaurant, Misi, Missy Robbins’ other, newer Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, has a lot to live up to. That’s what happens when The New York Times gives you three out of four stars, and when the only reservations available for any weekend in the foreseeable future are none at all. People will walk in here and be extra hard on you because it was extra hard on them to even make it here. I tried hard not to view my dining experience through that lens, even though it took me nearly a year and a half to finally settle on a 5pm seating at the kitchen counter, because I knew that was as good as it would get. And that annoying 15 minute walk from the Marcy St subway didn’t make that any easier.

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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