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Busy Chef in Brooklyn Heights

We've tried Busy Chef:

The idea of The Busy Chef, at 60 Henry Street, is one to be applauded. Regardless of one's culinary prowess, real life often gets in the way of a homemade meal. The Busy Chef would like us to buy our entrees and desserts there - especially given that they stress that all their baked goods are made on premises. Like we said, the IDEA is one to be applauded. They sell pre-cooked food. Great IDEA.

The initial quagmire is a lack of heating directions. Admittedly basic, but it's something that should be included with each entree.

In their absence, BHB put its state-of-the-art microwave in "reheat sensor," thinking that the most logical option.

The first course for BHB included, vegetable lasagna, smoked chicken quesadilla and mini spinach quiches. The veggie lasagna brought mixed reviews from our crowd, some thought it not lasagna at all, some thought with more cooking time, it would have been fine. The chicken quesadilla offended no one, but the spinach quiche tasted too sweet as opposed to savory.

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        1. I just dont get the concept. The food looks (and from your blog, sounds) pretty poor. I know people are busy but how hard is it really to knock together a healthy meal with some fresh ingredients on your own? Certainly will taste better. That tuna could have been picked up at Fish Tales and gone from raw to on your plate with a nice sear in a couple of minutes. Making some rice to go with and steaming a veg is about as simple as it gets.

          If I'm really in a hurry I'd rather get some cooked from delivered to me from nearby vs. microwaving something like this. Just dont get it.

          1. I don't really get it either. I'm all for prepared foods, but Busy Chef feels sort of depressing inside. All you can see is plastic boxes of mediocre-looking food. Maybe if there was better ambiance or something actually displayed to draw customers in? I went in on Saturday morning and couldn't find one thing that looked good to me. I get prepared stuff at Lassen & Hennigs often -- it's not amazing but the place just has a different vibe to it.

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            1. re: JennS

              Point is, everything that has occupied that space for the last 6 years has felt sort of depressing, has been the type of place no one really gets. It makes you wonder whats up.....

              1. re: driggs

                Right. But then we have a great little French restaurant (Le Petit Marche) come in and because they have good, classic food, a pleasant ambiance and friendly service, they're as packed as Noddle Pudding or Henry's End! So the neighborhood can support a GOOD place. I don't understand what all these other places are doing -- it's like amateur hour.

                1. re: JennS

                  well, Le Petit Marche is not part of that complex. I believe the owner of the building is a different person.

                  1. re: driggs

                    Le Petit Marche is an outstanding restaurant. The husband and wife team that runs it are true professionals, and it shows. The room is attractive and welcoming, the food delicious, and the service professional.

                    There was a lovely article about them in a recent issue of The Brooklyn Paper. They are locals, he from Brooklyn, she from Queens, or is it vice versa?