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#1 joethefoodie

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 11:11 PM

Back in May on the Racines thread, when Liebrandt first started his gig there, I asked about this place.

 

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I had dinner there last august and thought it was kind of hard to evaluate, in part because we were with our kids and that constrains what we order and drives up the cost etc. its a lot more ambitious than the average neighborhood restaurant, especially in park slope, so the menu reads well and it was a lot more interesting than what you can find elsewhere in park slope. but I didnt like most of the apps we ordered and in the end I didnt think it was much more than a solid neighborhood restaurant. the mains (especially the sauce on the beef) were a lot stronger than the rest of the meal, maybe we ordered wrong? Id say its like a lesss olmsted if that makes sense. if you need to be in south slope for other reasons its definitely the best thing I know of, but we havent been to hugo and sons.

I think liebrants food is special and will be disappointed if our meal next month is not more than a good neighborhood restaurant meal, especially considering that we are likely to spend more on wine than we would at a place like camperdown elm. the fact that the food cost is comparable is a good illustration of whats wrong with dining out here now.

 

 

We finally made it here last night, meeting Park Slope friends, sitting at the bar for happy hour ($7 wines, $1 oysters, a few other cheap ($4) snacks like patatas bravas and fried chicken).  There have been a few changes at the top; original chef/part-owner evidently is off exploring se Asia, sold his part to the remaining partners, etc. etc., one of whom is from Basque Country, and there is a lovely whole jamon leg in the back of the room, waiting to be beautifully hand sliced.
 
Enjoyed ourselves greatly; oysters are shucked much nicer than at Ten Belles, but that's not hard to do. The other food we shared (from the main menu) was good too ( the Wildair little gem thing, a Hamachi collar, more that I don't remember) though sharing single plates between 4 people, while sitting at the bar, could drive me crazy.  And it's been too long for me to compare it to a place like Olmsted, so I won't.
 
So we'll go back to sit at a table and hopefully enjoy a nice dinner. If this were in our neighborhood...
 
Coincidentally, I was leafing through a recently received Wine Spectator while having breakfast this morning, and there was an article about this very place.