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The Castello Plan : anyone been?

brickscoli May 6, 2010 06:15 AM

Hows the plates there? Recomendations? Wine recomendations? Do they have any special Belgian beers? Thanks.

1213 Cortelyou Rd.

The Castello Plan
1213 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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    foodpyramid Aug 20, 2010 07:08 PM

    I need to agree with most of the postings up here, but that said, I didn't eat anything at Castello Plan! I went there with excitement, since I grew up in the neighborhood and would like to support the new places. Unfortunately, Castello Plan is as has been described-- a really lovely place for a glass of wine. I went there expecting to have a kind of special occasion dinner, since I saw that it was a little pricey in terms of food. Unfortunately, once we arrived, it was hard just to find a comfortable place to sit-- first they put us at the backless high stools in the front, which didn't seem right for eating whole dinner. Then we moved outside. The water glasses were dirty, and we looked at the wine list for about ten minutes, with no one coming over to us the whole time though the place wasn't very full. The menu was indeed quite small, and, not liking rabbit, I couldn't even find something I felt excited about ordering ($4 for a small plate of pickles?!). The outdoor seating looks really pretty from the street, but they put us right at the front, and when you sit down, it's quite loud (especially when the buses go by), and you're looking at the dry cleaners across Cortelyou. In the end, my partner and I, still without any attention from anyone there, decided to wander across the street to the flatbush farm, where I had a delicious plate of meatballs (and my partner had amazing corn soup with mussels and mustard greens). We have never left a restaurant before, since we're pretty flexible, but this place is just kind of goofy-- it's definitely more of a wine bar in terms of comfort. Overall, I'd rather know what I'm getting for my money, and the Castello Plan seems to be stuck in in-between land. Might try it for brunch one of these days, but otherwise....

    Again, I didn't taste a LICK of food, this review is entirely based on ambiance, so please do not judge the menu offerings based on this.

    The Castello Plan
    1213 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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    1. re: foodpyramid
      chorosch Aug 23, 2010 06:58 AM

      FYI you ate at the Farm on Adderley. Flatbush Farm is in Park Slope.

      Flatbush Farm
      76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      The Farm on Adderley
      1108 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

      1. re: chorosch
        redgirl Aug 24, 2010 02:56 PM

        yes...you ate at the farm on adderley. castello plan has scrumtious food in small plates. try the bruschetta with the stewed mushrooms. insanely good. we sat outside near the front and had a great time.

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      Westminstress May 10, 2010 09:08 AM

      I just wanted to follow-up on my previous post, because I happened to go to the Castello Plan for dinner last night and I think they have increased the portion sizes. I remember the first couple of times we went there, we ordered one of just about everything on the menu and left hungry. This time we had five dishes and were quite full, and actually could have eaten less. The same thing happened last time we went there. And, I recall, the same thing happened at Purple Yam, which has also increased portion sizes substantially since the early days, I think because people in the neighborhood were complaining that they were leaving the restaurant hungry.

      At Castello Plan, we had: beet salad, potato salad with sunflower oil and parsley, stewed mushrooms, chorizo with eggplant and roasted peppers, and a three cheese plate. Everything was excellent, particularly the beet salad and stewed mushrooms. The beets are steamed and served with pickles and a small bit of soft, fresh cheese, and the mushrooms are stewed with sour cream and dill. Both are great dishes! Actually, everything on the menu is good, and if you sit at the bar you can watch the chef prepare your tapas in what has to be the tiniest kitchen in Brooklyn -- it is amazing to see what she can do with two (or maybe three?) induction burners, a tiny bar fridge, and no counter space to speak of.

      Another great thing about The Castello Plan, especially for those who live nearby, is that it is open relatively late. They serve their full menu until 11 pm (even on Sundays!) and a bar menu after that.

      Purple Yam
      1314 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

      The Castello Plan
      1213 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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      1. re: Westminstress
        KingsKetz Aug 10, 2010 02:37 PM

        My husband and I went there on Friday night for the first time. We live in the neighborhood and I pass it each day on my way to the bus.

        It is a pretty place - very appealing - although the backless stools at the tables in the middle are not anywhere I would want to sit. The outside tables on a cool evening look nice and there are a couple of booths where you can sit as well or else at backed stools near the bar.

        Let me start by saying that service was very pleasant and welcoming and the food was delicious. That said it is important to note that if you come here planning to fashion a full dinner it will get fairly pricey pretty quickly. My husband and I spent $116 including tax and tip for 3 glasses of wine, 2 crostini, a salad, a cheese plate, a chorizo and potato dish, one dessert and one espresso. I think that's a LOT! Not a lot of food, a lot of money.

        The wines were good not great. The crostini was a special and was exceptional - toast with pesto and a perfectly grilled jumbo shrimp on top. A great flavor combinations. The cheeses were quite good and served with interesting accompaniments - honey, blueberry compote - but the portions were miniscule for $15. The cucumber salad was unbelievably flavorable and one wonderful. I could eat that myself quite happily. It was a very big platter. The chorizo's were good but the potatoes didn't pick up the flavor as well. The balls of apple in the dish were a welcome accompaniment. The sweet potato pie was the one thing that didn't measure up. It's crust wasn't good, the texture was mush, and there wasn't much flavor. Not something I would order again.

        Despite that last note it was a delicious experience. At that price I can't go often, however. It might be nice for 1 glass of wine and 1 small platter but I won't allow it to get that pricey again.

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        chorosch May 10, 2010 06:54 AM

        The Castello Plan is a nice wine bar, but I don't really think of it as a place to have a meal. The wines and food are great, but it's more like having a little snack with your drink, as opposed to having a drink with your meal. Worth trying, for sure, but if you go hungry you will most likely spend more than you were planning.

        The Castello Plan
        1213 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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          Westminstress May 8, 2010 04:28 PM

          Castello Plan is yummy but, yes, the portions are super-tiny! Among my favorite items are the rabbit and duck bruschetta and the stewed mushrooms. The cheese and charcuterie plates are a bit more substantial than the other items so you would want to order at least one of those if you are hungry. They have a very interesting wine list, great stemware, and every wine on the menu is available by the glass or the bottle! Good beer selection also.

          The Castello Plan
          1213 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

          1. kellita_bkln May 6, 2010 12:07 PM

            Yes, it's lovely. Not cheap, but an interesting selection of wines and small bites along with friendly, knowledgeable staff. We had a rabbit bruschetta that was pretty special. I know they carry artisanal beers, but did not try any of them. They also started serving brunch, which seems promising.

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            1. re: kellita_bkln
              brickscoli May 6, 2010 01:31 PM

              Thanks. The food menu is priced reasonably. Are they super small servings?

              1. re: kellita_bkln
                gnosh May 6, 2010 02:12 PM

                I was there for brunch a couple of weeks ago. It was lovely, a small number of menu choices, but interesting. I had something like a grilled cheese with a butter-poached egg. All yummy, and came with a "mimosa of the day." Apricot, if I remember correctly. Even at brunch the portion sizes were small. There's large, medium, small, and artisinal, I guess. Even the mimosa seemed small. Also, that day they were having trouble orchestrating service. The various components of the dishes didn't arrive together. Even so, it was nice and I would return. I suppose everybody eats too much anyway, so small isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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