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Dec 23, 2012 05:23 PM

Runner & Stone

Got some breads this morning - spelt ciabatta, baguette and croissant. They were amazing.

Anyone been to eat at the restaurant?

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  1. I live very close by and tried to pick up a baguette yesterday but they had closed early for the holiday - realy glad to hear that their products are good! Looking forward to checking it out.

    1. Yes, I did the first weekend they opened for dinner. Definitely a nice addition to the Brooklyn dining scene as well as to what has been a fairly lonely stretch in the Gowanus area. I have foggy post-xmas dinner brain so this won't be the best description of the food but here's what I remember:
      I recommend reservations as it was already fairly crowded. There is a nice long bar in the front and some high tables with high stools/chairs. A little past that front area is another small dining area with standard tables and chairs and a lovely dining area downstairs. And then there is what i would call "Siberia"- it is a little hall leading to the kitchen with two tall two-tops. That's where the manager - a very polished and pleasant fellow, seated us even though it was a 7:30 reservation made a few days before the opening AND there were other empty tables. My husband was immediately unhappy and basically told me he would leave if they didn't switch our table. We spoke to the polished manager who told us something about the other tables being taken blah blah and he would comp us drinks. All very nice but once he left my spouse remained very disgruntled and I knew this would not work. The area really does have a strange, claustrophobic feel as there are no windows or view of any sort except for the kitchen entry. Very unappealing! So, after a bit more discussion he graciously moved us downstairs and from there we proceeded to truly enjoy our meal.

      The bread, as Cookbook Addict says, is truly amazing: buckwheat, baguette and a few others. True to the flavors of the grain used but not heavy at all as in the case of the buckwheat.

      We each had a salad- I had an apple panzanella with apples and chestnuts dressing- mostly bright greens with little chunks of apples, more of that wonderful bread and a few tiny chunks of chestnut. Lovely. My husband's salad was also very good but post-xmas brain keeps me from remembering exactly what it was and he consumed it rather quickly (and with a good deal of relish) without wanting to really share.
      I had braided cod ravioli kale pesto, citrus gremolata which was amazing- a wonderfully flavorful gremolata with just the right notes of citrus to complement the cod and its well constructed casing. I would eat it again. My husband's braised lamb breast in Moroccan spices and salsify was equally clean, flavorful and well-balanced. The portions were good as well. I looked around at other diners and everything looked quite yummy and all seemed happy with their meals. Dessert was ok but not special and the waiter actually asked if we had suggestions about it. Drinks nicely mixed and overall a really great meal.
      We had 3 drinks and were compd for them all!!!! I was a bit surprised as they did move us- so that was much appreciated and said to me these people really want to do it right. Considering this was only their second night open the kitchen ran smoothly and wait staff already seemed as if they were on the floor for years not days. Impressive! The manager apologized to us yet again before we left and my husband walked out saying he enjoyed his meal and dining experience and would return soon. That is saying something since often when a meal starts out poorly the whole experience is tainted. Not so at Stone & Runner. Try it, I think you will be pleased!

      1. For what will be my first of many times - Lunch -
        Chicken Cacciatore sandwich on spelt
        Love at second bite, a bit like pulled pork using chicken
        on a fantastic bun. Nice use of vinegar and olives
        wanted to keep eating longer than sandwich afforded.
        Almond Croissant - Time to unleash those superlatives,
        This is what they are for. Best I've had. Crisp and rich
        great baked puff pastry filled with supper fresh roasted
        coarse ground almonds in a light syrup. I was reminded
        a little of baklava.
        Palmiers - Fresh and crisp nice
        Cheese Danish - Really good tart flavored cheese on a
        substantial breadish base. I usually don't like heavier
        doughs on pastry but this was a fine combo.
        Miche Bread - Much flavor, a substantial loaf better than
        Orwasher's which is something to better.
        Great first visit. As was reported breads are fantastic. Diner report as soon as I can.

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        1. re: wewwew

          Day Two
          Regular Baguette - great, reminds me how wonderful
          wheat tastes. Medium crisp crust. A daily bread for the
          profoundly fortunate
          Pear Spice Bread - Wow Ripe pear with light hot spice in
          dark rich chewy dough. Hard to get a fruit bread right
          but this one is. With a glass of calvados the
          no mess dessert, add a wedge of cheddar for the one
          if you get stuck doing the dishes.
          Financiers - pistachio babies. As small as they are
          figure them out for three bites - flavor and richness
          merits three. Again, seek out.
          Chocolate Croissant and Apple Turnover - Excellent puff
          but I have never loved either as much as a plain or
          almond croissant. Give a try.

          1. re: wewwew

            that pear bread sounds really enticing! which block is this on, wewew? I drove up that strip last night and did not see it.

              1. re: wewwew

                It's on the same side of 3rd Avenue as the Super 8 motel, i.e., across from Littleneck and the Pines. It's hard to spot, since the sign is a bit "subtle."

        2. Day three
          Back after a longish bout with the flu.
          Brioche loaf - Another great bread. Lighter on the butter than most I've had, i.e. the butter loaded loaf at Bergamot is a successful example of richness on richness. These bakers show why an alergy to wheat would be a profound sadness for eaters. It's also a kind of nice to look at.
          Out of almond croissant again.
          I had a quarter of miche, and a regular bagauette which confirmed my first and second experiences.

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          1. re: wewwew

            Speaking of Bergamot (should be lower-case in this context), R & S served me a quality Earl Grey this morning + there was no shortage of almond croissants...on both my visits, they just seemed to keep on coming in fresh batches...takes a little patience.

            Got one bagged to go and will 'investigate' it tonight...observe, dissect, ingest, digest.

            BTW...anyone try the pretzels?

          2. Walnut Bread another great bread. Lunch of duck rillette and walnut bread and Muga reserva especial 2004