Oznot's Dish in Brooklyn
We had a surprisingly good dinner last night at OZNOT'S DISH [79 Berry Street, at 9th Street; 718-599-6596], a Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant in Williamsburg which we'd never heard of before our Brooklyn-based friends suggested meeting there. The restaurant's unusually extensive wine list was filled with some great finds, and I really enjoyed the food in this funky, soulful setting. Our waiter told us that the chef was a French Culinary Institute-trained Army brat whose travels are reflected in his eclectic food.
Has anyone else checked it out yet?
I've been 3 or 4 times now, always with great results.
The food is quite good, and not expensive--but I go
for the wine list. It is not deep in old or famous
Bordeaux or Burgundy, though there are afew. But it is
packed with well-selected wines from all over,
especially from emerging areas. The list is obviously
a lbor of love.
Perhaps a year ago, I posted a wildly enthusiastic
note on the Wine Spectator's Dining Board about the
restaurant and its list. Unfortunately, the magazine
didn't mention Oznut's in its recent issue about NYC.
I suppose they felt they could review someplace small,
or someplace outside Manhattan, but not both.
re: Alan Emdin
Dined there last week...for some reason, the first
return visit in several years...I'd forgotten how good
the food is! Other folks must be forgetting, too -- On
this particular Friday night in early June, the place
was nearly empty (do W-burgh bohos have summer
Everything we ate was wonderful -- inventive, hip, and
tasty all at the same time. The afore-mentioned
winelist *is* a labor of love--we had a long talk
(well, it was more of a lecture, with us on the
listening end)with the fellow who picks the wines about
his list. He has dedicated himself to picking unusual
and interesting wines from around the world. None of
the usual suspects for him! While that could give you a
list that sacrifices quality for exotic names, we chose
(or did he?) a bottle that matched our dinners to a T.
Long live Oznot!