Circa-NY comes to Ave J
Fans of Circa-NY in Manhattan will be happy to learn
that it has just opened in Brooklyn, on Ave J and
about E15. The building used to be a bank, and the
conversion was very well done - it's one of the
prettier kosher restaurants I've seen.
They've divided it up - downstairs is a cafeteria-
style busy area, like the Circa-NY in Manhattan, and
upstairs is a formal restaurant.
The food is great too. I had a very nice lentil soup
and blackened red snapper, while my companions enjoyed
fusili with sundried tomatoes, pizza, salads, and
sauteed spinach, all of which were excellent.
Yes, I agree, Circa NY is a beautiful place. The food is great too. Unfortunately, the designers gave no thought to noise management/control. All of the surfaces are hard, so when the restaurant is full it is opressively loud. It is however to eat in a kosher place that is actually visually appealing.
re: sarah jacobs
> Unfortunately, the designers gave no thought to
> noise management/control. All of the surfaces are
> hard, so when the restaurant is full it is
> opressively loud.
Even upstairs? When I visited it was fairly busy
downstairs, but sitting upstairs I didn't really
notice a noise problem. Downstairs, of course it's
noisy - it's a cafeteria, and noise and bustle is
We just tried the Circa restaurant on Ave. J for the first time, this past Sunday afternoon. We ate at the upstairs restaurant, and found the food very tasty, and the prices reasonable - especially because of the luncheon specials. My grilled salmon was very tasty, as were the very fresh (not overcooked) side vegetables. The waiter was really acommodating about substituting the portobello mushroom salad from the regular menu, for the soup that was part of the luncheon special. The salad was delicious (especially since the mushroom was prepared with roasted garlic, which I love), but maybe just a bit too oily. The others who ordered soups, and other fish, and pasta dishes were also very pleased with their selections. The service was excellent, though there were very few other diners there at the time, so I don't know how it would be if the place was crowded.
I'm looking forward to returning to try the food at the cafeteria on the lower level. The place is very attractive, and they have a tremendous variety of interesting looking foods. I'm sure that I'll have trouble limiting my selection.