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“The General Greene”

Fort Greene is gaining another neighborhood restaurant, this one a whitewashed spot with a farmhouse-meets-diner vibe dedicated to seasonal American comfort food, high-minded cocktails and local brews.

The General Greene is owned by pastry chef Nick Morgenstern (Five Ninth, Daniel, Gilt), who brought in his buddy and consulting chef Ryan Skeen (Five Ninth, Resto) to help create a menu that reflects their respect for local farmers, big, bold flavors, and gentle prices.

At the butcher block bar, you’ll find a selection of snacks like bacon wrapped dates ($4), pickled eggs ($2), and preserved lamb and black bean toast ($7). Rather than a traditional appetizer and entrée format, the menu is divided into cold and hot plates. Under the Cold section, there’s a roasted chicken salad with radishes and white anchovy vinaigrette ($9), roasted beets with yogurt and mint ($7) and iceberg wedge with buttermilk dressing blue cheese and bacon ($8). Under Hot you’ll find homey dishes like crispy (aka fried) chicken with fennel, sweet corn and tarragon ($10), tomato and parm braised pork meatballs with grilled bread($9), ham and gruyere bread pudding ($6), The General Burger  topped with English cheddar ($11), salt and pepper roasted pork ribs with sweet and sour tomato chutney ($10), and twice baked potatoes with bacon and sour cream ($6).

For dessert, Nick is making childhood favorites: warm chocolate chip cookies ($5), strawberry rhubarb crisp ($7), chocolate pudding with cream and caramel ($8) and lemon vanilla cheesecake ($7). Coming soon—an outdoor cart serving Nick’s homemade ice cream.

The General Greene is opening tonight (July 1st) and is located at 229 Dekalb Avenue, corner of Clemont, 718-222-1510.


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