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Aug 29, 2009 09:17 AM

Brooklyn Fare Tasting Dinner

Last night, I surprised my boyfriend with the tasting dinner by Chef Cesar Ramirez at the newish Brooklyn Fare and words can barely describe what an incredible, memorable, and delicious experience it was! It was us with four other couples and we were right up close with Cesar in this gorgeous and sparking kitchen. He gave us a menu which gave very brief descriptions of each course that we would be having and he had many, many extra courses in addition to what was listed in the menu. It was around 10 courses overall and each course was more delicious and beautiful than the next. We were in awe watching Cesar and his assistants put together each course and every bite was just so delicious. We loved every course and I think my personal favorite was the branzino and my boyfriend loved the tomato course which basically did tomatoes in six different ways. The dinner was BYOB and everyone came well-prepared with various drinks. By the end of the night, the group that started off as strangers felt like old friends (including the chefs!). We had such a fantastic night and I wanted to share it with all of you so you can experience it as well!

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  1. I've been thinking about trying it. Maybe I will this coming week.

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    1. re: nicholel

      Where in Brooklyn is this restaurant. How much does he charge for the tasting menu. Thanks.

      1. re: irvingk

        It's actually part of a supermarket - Brooklyn Fare. It's on the corner of Hoyt and Schermerhorn in Brooklyn (right across from the A subway stop). It's $70 per person.

    2. Yes, thats exactly right but the tasting room/kitchen is actually halfway down the block from the grocery store in a separate area. It is 70 per person and totally totally worth every dollar! Enjoy!!

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      1. re: nhs81

        Price increases to $90 in November. There is a three-month wait for reservations, so if you call now, you'll probably be seated in late November.

        A very similar offering, at a place called Talula's Table, south of Philadelphia, now has a one-year wait for a table. NPR did a feature on Talula's about a year ago.

        Here's a link to a food blogger who did Brooklyn Fare's tasting dinner recently:

        Loved her photos and video.

        Here's a link to Talula's Table

        And NPR's report on Talula's Table:

        And, if you're still interested,'s feature on Talula's:

        I'd guess that Brooklyn Fare will have a similar wait in just a few weeks.

        1. re: famdoc

          As with Talula's it's not in the Outer Boroughs but Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank NJ has a couple of different Tasting Menus. Excellent food and incredible service.
          Well worth the trip.

      2. @nhs81, that's a great review. I don't have much to add to it, but to say that we somehow scored two dinners there within the span of 8 days.
        (Cesar and his staff were a bit surprised to see us again)

        The first dinner we had a party of 12, which was fun. This could be a great idea for a birthday party or other celebration as you pretty much have the run of the place.
        The second dinner we were a party of three so we shared the experience with other diners. It was an equally fun time and one of the guys in our party ended up going out for drinks afterwards with the other party. Came in strangers - left friends. The sharing of wine doesn't hurt.

        As far as the food, the menu was probably about 50% similar to the week before. What excited me was seeing the evolution of the dishes - specifically, there was a scallop and sweetbreads dish that I thought was much better the second time.
        The pre-dinner course of canapes was (on both evenings) wonderful. His skill with tiny portions of food is amazing.

        I snapped some photos the first time. The second time I left the camera at home and just ate. Some pics here:

        Brooklyn Fare
        200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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        1. re: happyrobot

          Apparently, Cesar appreciates it if you let him know you're going to take pictures before you start snapping.

        2. So what was on the menu, aside from branzino and tomato?

          1. Thought I would pass on some high praise from Alan Richman.