Looks like the Berkshires are becoming more and more Brooklyn.. This, an old diner, with a chef that has one of the more impressive resumes I have ever seen.. Michelin Stars, Noma, San Fran, New York, you name it, this guy cooked there.. I have read the articles, America's most exciting new diner, I have seen the accolades..
What can I say, it's a cute old diner.. Retooled diners are trending right now.. Meme's Diner has been on Eaters hot list for at least a year running, they are known for their burger sandwich.. Hihi room, Thai Diner, Gold Diner, Soho Diner, all are diner like except, more expensive and tricky versions of American Classics.. The only NBC Diner I have been to that is truly excellent is the Palace Diner in Maine but, yeh, ok, it's a trend.
So, we arrive and I am really excited.. Nobody in the joint, the menu is tiny.. A burger, a rueben, some wings, a salad or two, turkey club, avocado toast, Huh, well, the menu is so tiny, now it has to be good... They also are offering a breakfast menu which seems to have as many offerings as lunch. 13 dollar blood marys with some sort of interesting twist.. But yeh, breakfast has grain bowls, avocado toast, a breakfast sandwich, some baked goods, a hash. Familiar simple items with some sort of addition that justifies justifies tripling the price.. A 12 dollar bacon,eggs and toast with some fresh herbs.
16 dollar Reuben.. It is smoked? I don't know, is it steamed? I don't know.. Is it greasy and tasteless, well kind of... Is there less than 3 ounces of meat on the whole thing, yup.. The sauce decent, the kraut I am sure homemade but, the effort was lost on me. The bread, a Nordic Rye Bread. Pretty substantial but, slightly under toasted for something so greasy. And 16 dollars to boot..
Wings... They were said to be smoked and fried and tossed with nduja.. Sadly, they were able to dry out the wings,while adding no discernible smoke taste.. The wings were tiny, I thought they were lollipopped at first but, no, the were just tiny.. The smoking removed whatever moisture would have been left after frying them.. The wings then tossed in the nduja was a great idea.. I think because the wings were dry and small and perhaps the nduja was maybe from the fridge, it didn't really blend well.. I liked the idea of the flavoring the wings with flavors of nduja but, the amount they put in, or perhaps because it wasn't spreadable at that temp, it was mainly just dry wings. If you look at the plate, there is no sauce, any marks left by the wings.. Probably the smallest wings I have ever been served. and the purple radish that adds nothing to the dish outside of purple, I guess to show knife skills, or something..
Pork Rinds: Ok. fried pork rinds served with a mayo buffalo sauce.. or something to that affect.. I would have to check the menu to see what the pork rinds were supposed to be spiced with.. A kale salad in the background that no one at the table wanted to eat.
I tried the turkey club, i tried the burger, I tried the pot pie... The turkey pot pie Jax ate and it was probably the only dish that would have been successful had it been at an actual diner...
I don't know, it was probably one of the more disappointing experiences I have had in some time.. If it was just some non descript diner, it would be forgettable.. To think that this is on the expensive side for brooklyn, that the chef and owner are so well trained and experienced and this is what they are serving from a menu that consists of less than a dozen offerings, all at about 50 percent more than anything in the area, is mind boggling..