Friday, November 11, 2011

Question

{Wanted: Live Flames & Toothsome Vittles}





Happy Veteran's Day! Speaking of veterans, any particularly marvelous restaurants you kids might suggest for a certain hubster's birthday this weekend? This time last year we celebrated P's birthday around a bonfire with our ragtag Fulbright family in a tiny hilltop village in the foothills of the Himalayas. There were sparklers, an A-for-effort Indian cake, and a giant kettle on the fire for the making of hot toddies. Pretty tough to beat, so I'd love to pool your collective wisdom for a recommendation for this year's moveable feast. He is a voracious, inquisitive, educated and deeply passionate eater, this one, so the bar is set high. The stipulations:

-unusually toothsome vittles (I mean pound-the-table-with-your-fist delicious)
-live flames a real plus (on candles, in fireplaces, from beneath cauldrons, etc.)
-delicate house-made pumpkin ravioli always a good sign; same goes for anything with wood sorrel
-an abundance of heritage breeds of cute, dead farm animals to choose from is appealing
-maybe let's keep the list just to Brooklyn?

Thoughts? In other news, I'm almost finished with The Marriage Plot and can't even bear the thought of it being over. It's deeply satisfying on so many levels- more soon. Have a great weekend, team! Pics above from the studio this week. The afternoon light has been glorious. 

23 comments:

  1. I wish I knew a bit more about NYC/BK dining to offer a suggestion (I loved The Smile when I went to New York-- AND it had a fireplace!-- but I'm not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for. http://thesmilenyc.com/). However, I had to comment because I was a the SAME PLACE you were with The Marriage Plot. As the pages kept turning and the end was nearing, I both couldn't wait to finish it and dreaded its ending. Would love to hear your thoughts when you finally reach the last page!

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  2. Your blog never fails to put a smile on my face!
    Check out ici restaurant in Fort Greene. They change their menu often, following what's in season, use local produce only, a beautiful setting and delicious food. I highly recommend it. I have also heard good things about Romans (right accross ici) but have yet to try it.

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  3. One of my absolute favorite restaurants in all of NYC is Le Petit Oven in Bay Ridge. It's a small place on a random street - I think it's on 68th and 3rd ave? the food is so so good and it's just a really great spot for a relaxed dinner. It's not super outrageously expensive either. It's probably best to make reservations - especially on Wed. nights when they have a $25 three course fixed price dinner!

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  4. I'm a serious fan of Thistle Hill Tavern in Park Slope, the menu is not large but I promise you everything is to. die. for. It's cozy and friendly.
    Marriage Plot has me hooked too, I'm trying to take my time but its proving difficult!

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  5. Check out Thistle Hill Tavern. Right around the corner from you and oh so delicious.

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  6. Just read Brianna W.'s comment. HA. Yes, I agree with her completely!

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  7. Have you tried Seersucker? If you give it a go, don't miss the catfish, fried chicken, and the house pickle plate. Enjoy whatever you decide to do! http://seersuckerbrooklyn.com/menus/dinner/

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  8. Vinegar Hill House, Marlow and sons, Frankies, or Freemans (in Manhattan).

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  9. Roman's (IS SO GOOD!), Franny's, Rucola (boerum hill), Seraghina in Bed-stuy, or Prune in the EV if you're willing to venture to manhattan -- its the coziest restaurant going. St. Anselm in Wburg.

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  10. But wait -- I was disappointed by The Marriage Plot. I'm a HUGE JE fan, but I thought it was pretty one-dimensional compared to his other books

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  11. I think Frankie's is vastly overrated and frequently annoying. Check out Colonie on Atlantic ave. Small and special and everything we had was delish and made for sharing. Also, Al di La is pretty hard to beat. Finally, if you hadn't been to Bocca Lupo in Cobble Hill, would highly recommend it for brunch. Great windows for people-watching, wonderful bloody marys, and they have this amazing egg dish with cremini toast that is not to be missed.

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  12. well, the places i'm considering for my birthday dinner in a few weeks are marlow and sons (doesn't look that special from the menu but everything there is so well prepared) followed by flourless chocolate cake for dessert next door at diner in williamsburg; or vinegar hill house in dumbo where my boyfriend said he had the most amazing pork. past birthday dinners have been at roberta's for pizza and bone marrow in bushwick and DOC wine bar for sardinian plates and candlelight in williamsburg. another favorite of mine is buttermilk channel in carroll gardens where they serve popovers instead of bread to start.

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  13. I second Al Di La! Softest, most delicate gnocchi I have ever had. Their butter sage squash ravioli has me drooling from across the country...

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  14. When I was last across your side of the pond I loved freemans, Jo's on Elizabeth street and I took my table thumping 6ft7 greedy chap to hill country, 30 west 26th street between fifth and sixth ave, he seemed well chuffed! i know this is all manhattan i only had brunch in Brooklyn something I intend to remedy next time i'm over. Have a lovely time whatever you do!
    Jane x

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  15. Moto in Brooklyn is a must. Live music, killer atmosphere and a warm date cake that cannot be beat. It's nestled lovingly under the J/M/Z and every time you go you'll feel like you've discovered it for the first time. Not to be missed:
    www.cafe-moto.com/

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  16. No suggestions for where to dine, but a very happy birthday to P! Can't believe it's been a year since the delightful evening of hot toddies and sparklers in Uttarakhand!

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  17. Vinegar Hill House, hands down!

    P.S. LOVE Sonia Delaunay's work

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  18. I would like to second Diner in Williamsburg. It is very dark and cozy- especially if you can get a booth. I think they have candles on the tables? Lots of meat options that's for sure. Pig head corquette on a kale salad? yes please. Last time I went they were offering steak for 2 for a triple digit price- seems like they are trying to get some of the clientele from Peter Luger which I don't mind one bit. Also- the deserts are always amazing. Heirloom squash pie mmmmh!

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  19. Do you have or would you do a crock-pot thingie? If yes I have an A-Mazing French chicken stew that I think you guys would die for!

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  20. I'm stupendously late to the game so it's ok that this place doesn't meet your criteria, but if you haven't been to Moto - hidden under the J/M train - you're missing out. Favorite restaurant in all of NYC, hands down. Nothin' fancy, just perfect.

    My last meal in NYC was Freeman's, and boy, does the memory still linger.

    Ok I'm getting sad now, STOP IT!

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