I bought The Farm on Adderley, Ditmas Park
I sampled the Farm On Adderley, the latest restaurant on Cortelyou Road (near Westminster-ish) and it was fab--a great and somewhat more grownup than Picket Fence addition to the neighborhood.
The cold asparagus soup was bright and piquant and held together nicely with a still-warm poached egg floating in the middle like a happy kid in the cool green H2O of a favorite swimming hole.
Next was the sublime Chicken-in-the-Hay. I'm not a chicken guy when I eat out, but this dish looked too intriguing to pass up--chicken roasted over alfafa hay and served on a bed of quinoa with dollops of farmer's cheese mixed into the grains and some nice greens on top. It was, quite simply, the tastiest and moistiest version of chicken I ever tasted.
It being a heatwave and all, I didn't even look at their wine list and instead stuck with tap beers, starting with an Ommegang wheat beer from upstate NY, then a Chimay, which I had never seen on draft.
This is a fantastic addition to the nabe and, to the extent it gets locals used to eating in Ditmas rather than driving too the Slope or Cobble Hill, should be good for other standouts like Picket Fence and Cinco de Mayo. Now if only Gerry would get some pub grub going down at the jazzy Cornerstone, we'd be on our way to Fifth Avenuedom ...
Thanks for the review of the Farm - I've been eagerly anticipating it's opening.
Your comment on Cinco de Mayo intrigued me. I've gotten takeout from there a couple of times and it's been so-so. I once got a chicken mole than was so bitter I had to throw it away. Maybe I've been ordering the wrong things. So, what do you recommend I order there?
When I lived in the slope, I went to the Taqueria on 7th/Berkeley on a regaulr basis, and really miss it. I'd love to be able to get good Mexican takeout locally.
Cinco is more authentically Mexican than the Cali-inflected Taqueria, which I also frequented and liked.
I think Cinco does a very credible cheese enchiladas with "mole," which in their vernacular is a dark sauce with chocolate and probably peanuts, as opposed to their "red sauce" (all Mexican sauces are moles, as far as I'm concerned, but why quibble?), which is spicier, but less complex. I also think their plain sopes, which are very thick corn tortillas, are nice. Other neighbors are less enthusiatic about Cinco than I am, but I'm from a border state and ought to know: I'd give them another try (but hit the Farm first!).
The Farm on Adderley is a very welcome addition to the area! The food is very good... I've only been there once when they first opened, so I'm sure there will be updates, changes, etc. as there are always a few minor bumps at an opening. The space and the general "energy" of the place is indeed fabulous and well-worth the wait! The owners are friendly and it's obvious they put a lot of detailed care into this warm and upscale venture. I love the small, cozy lounge in the front and brick wall inside. The outside garden has been beautifully transformed including side benches with flower boxes set in. My only gripe was that people enjoying a drink would come out there and kind of hover nearby--a bit distracting to an otherwise pleasant meal.
My friend and I had the chilled wild shrimp appetizer and the pate appetizer. Both were delicious, even if the pate was quite a large slab that seemed difficult to finish as an appetizer. The shrimp was tasty with the vinegared cucumber and avocado. My trout was very good and my friend had a nice hangar steak. We shared a peach/blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream which was delicious, but again, a bit on the large side. The ice cream melt quickly on top of the dish, leaving a rather gooey mess around the dish. I know some would love the larger portions, so it's a minor detail.
All in all, this is what I've been craving in the neighborhood and I am also happy the bar is open late (til 1 am). It's nice to know there are people around when coming back home in the area. It's great to have another restaurant join the ranks of Picket Fence (still fabulous!). The fact that Picket Fence was always crowded shows the neighborhood is ready (craving) for these places! I wish The Farm the best success and plan to be going there often with friends! Can't wait until they open for brunch!
Now.. if we can get more varieties of restaurants in the nabe.. I'd be really happy! :) Would love to see an Olive Vine, thai, japanese, tapas, indian, korean (come to think of it...I have yet to find a good korean restaurant in brooklyn... even in carroll gardens or park slope, which is a bit strange. I could use a good dolsot bimbibap once in a while.) :D
I've had some really bad dishes at Picket Fence. One that comes immediately to mind was a steak (I think hangar), served with horseradish foam. The foam sounded unappetizing, and I contemplated asking for it to be left out; sure enough, I found it vile and regretted not speaking up. (Does anything taste good foamed?) But the steak, the steak -- I've never had such a flavorless piece of red meat. The texture was all there, but I think that made its absence of flavor all the more pronounced. Of course, I've had some good dishes, as well -- the black cod they're currently serving and the arugula salad with duck (which I don't think they serve anymore) come to mind.
Coney Island Avenue is a repository of some pretty good, and pretty authentic restaurants. There are quite a few Pakistani, Indian, and/or Bangladeshi lunch-counter-style restaurants (I don't remember names). There's an Afghani place, I think called Bahar, close to Newkirk. There's Famous Pita, which is kosher (meat) Middle Eastern. I know the street looks pretty iffy, but I'd recommend a stroll up and down anywhere between Beverly and Foster -- lots of good finds.
hey all - had a great meal there recently. the owners are very cool folks from the neighborhood, and like someone mentioned above, have obviously put a lot of thought and effort into it - they even have ouzo at the bar!
the best thing i had was the milk choc mousse with salted cream. the salted cream was very salty, and mixed with a smooth milk chocolate, it was HEAVEN. i highly recommend you order it - and even ask early in the meal - they ran out the other night!
This neighborhood has LOTS more authentic -- and good! -- Mexican food than Park Slope. Mexico Lindo y Que Rico on Coney Island Avenue just south of Albemarle has wonderful tacos al pastor and, on weekends, barbacoa (goat). The cemitas and tacos at Taquieria Poblano on Church Ave & East 8th rock. I'd also recommend La Huasteca, on Church between Westminster and Argyle for nicer dining, although the food is not as tasty as the other two.
Cinco de Mayo isn't so good at the things that are easiest to order -- bad burritos -- but has great, great simple soft tacos with meat. Also the horchata -- a sweet white drink -- is fantastic.