Brucie -- Court Street
Checked out the newest of the many new Cobble Hill-ish restaurants tonight. At the moment, Brucie is mostly a take out operation -- they seem to want to be a market too, and there are a few good looking products, but that part is very patchy at this point. They also want to serve meals in house as well, and you could certainly eat at the broad bar (no liquor yet) but as they readily admitted, the lighting and the set up is not quite ready for dining in.
Anyway, I had a very tasty panelle sandwich on a Caputo's sesame seed roll with delicious fresh ricotta. Vinegar pickles were added as a twist -- which worked, and brought some welcome acidity, honey was also added, and this I could have lived without. I added some salt at home, and with that it was awesome. I'll be back in Palermo on Friday morning, and I don't think Brucie's panelle is going to spoil me for the real thing, but this was a very tasty neighborhood option (and it's been a while since I got to Ferdinando's...). Also, quite refreshing if a little overly dressed was a salad of razor thin sliced green tomatos and radishes.
The young chef and her staff are super nice and enthusiastic, and they really seem to be trying to do something serious -- the most obvious analogy is Torrisi Bros. -- classic Italian and Italian American fare a little updated, with good local ingredients (spaghetti and meatballs were on offer, but so was goat cheese lasagna with cherry tomatos). Unlike a lot of what opens in this neighborhood, these are people who actually have an interesting idea and are trying to execute it with some originality.
I'll be very curious to see how this one develops -- it could become a go to if the food lives up to the enthusiasm (and I'm a sucker for a panelle special...next time I'll ask them to hold the honey).
went tonight, ate in at the long table - they are still figuring it out, but I had the homemade tagliatelle with fried brussels sprouts and tomato butter - really excellent and a deal at 11 dollars. My friend had the panelle sandwich which was good but we felt was lacking something. I'll definitely be back to see how the place evolves. I don't see the market aspect of it taking off unless they offer things you can't get at other neighborhood stores. Also, at the moment the wares seem to be organized for looks rather than logic.
234 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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I went last night with a bunch of friends and we had a fantastic meal. I'm pretty sure we ordered everything on the menu and it was literally ALL great and reasonably priced to boot.
The major standouts were the broccoli crostini, the aforementioned tagliatelle with burrata/Brussels sprouts, and chicken parm hero. Our other dishes were also delicious - the ingredients are sourced from top-notch local artisans/vendors, and the owners have a strong passion for what they're doing that's very genuine. I was chatting w/ them during our meal and it looks like they have some cool things lined up, like a take-home lasagna service, cooking classes, and wholesaling homemade pasta to local restaurants. Definitely keep your eyes open for this one, it's a very welcomed addition to Court St.
234 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Looks promising, much in a way like very old fashioned trattorie/osterie with limited, changing menus that could be found in regional Italian cities. Only need open carafes of cheap, tasty house Frascati and Negroamaro. Not been there yet, but nice to see this relaxed, but confident approach, care for ingredients, and some fresh twists on traditional dishes.