Colonie in Brooklyn Heights?
My wife and I have been 3 times in the last 2 weeks. In general, the food is very, very good -- on par with Noodle Pudding and Jack the Horse Tavern (if you want to limit yourself to Brooklyn Heights proper)... pretty comparable to The Vanderbilt in terms of the menu (though somewhat better food than they serve.) A few details:
-- It's very, very popular on Friday and Saturday nights. Expect at least an hour wait unless you get there before 6:30. On weeknights it's empty at 6 and jammed at 7. And by jammed I mean hard to move around the bar. At all.
-- Try to sit at the kitchen bar -- it's fun to watch them turn out all that food so quickly and elegantly.
-- The menu ranges from very good to AMAZING. We only had 1 dish that was a clunker and it was a fish dish that was intelligent in composition, just overcooked that night (also, this was on our first visit -- since then everything has been cooked perfectly).
-- Can't miss dishes? The brussel sprouts. The steak. The sticky/figgy pudding with salted creme fraiche ice cream. The beets. The fried egg. The cheese plate is very thoughtful and I was skeptical of the NY state wines at first as I've never had a NY state wine I enjoyed but I really liked 2 of the 3 I tried. But really, it's hard to go wrong.
-- The staff is excellent and friendly. From the 3 owners -- who were all on site all 3 of our visits -- to the waitstaff.
Bottom line? It's the best new restaurant to open in Brooklyn Heights since Jack the Horse Tavern opened... 5(?) years ago.
38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Jack the Horse Tavern
64 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
570 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
We just had a really great meal at Colonie. Everything we had was excellent. Highlights: brussels sprouts were AWESOME, artichoke was excellent with a really great blood orange hollandaise, black risoto was flavorful and delicious, and the duck was excellent and tender. Oh and the date cake with salted ricotta ice cream was really unbelievable, not to be missed.
It's a beautiful place, the service was great, and they have several wines on tap, which I hadn't seen before. A sparkling rose was really good and a cab franc blend was also very good.
I've been 2-3 times for dinner and once for brunch. Each time was very enjoyable. If there's any criticism it's that the portions are fairly small and the menu is not extensive. So going there each time with 4-5 people, I feel like I've had everything on the menu I want to have.
Hopefully they switch it up seasonally, otherwise it's going to be a somewhat boring place.
Food is very good though, and service is always fast, efficient, friendly, professional, etc. I'd recommend it, with the caveat that you may have to order more than you might think. Therefore, it can get a little spendy.
re: H Manning
Having eaten there 5+ or so times, the review of the food was pretty spot-on. Almost everything we've eaten has been very, very good to excellent with the exception of some of the "large plates". (Though we both love the scallops -- not sure why he didn't care for them.)
I'm not sure why he finds the staff lacking though. While we've received excellent attention from the owners, we've always had excellent service from the general staff as well. In 5 or 6 visits I can only think of one moment when I had to make an effort to catch someone's attention.
(And yes, that's my wife and me in the review photo. I've now officially received my 15 minutes of fame.)