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“Flatbush Farm”


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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good


MY DINNER AT FLATBUSH FARM
It was my first official Strong Buzz meal of the New Year and my first meal back in New York after a week of amazing eating in New Orleans. Where to go? I surveyed my options. What was new? What would you, my dear readers, want to know about? Gordon Ramsay? Well, I ate at the London Bar, and it was great, but did I want to eat there again? Could I afford to eat there again? No. Ditto Robuchon. What else was there? Mai House? Klee? Sure. Sure. And those are coming up. But I wasn’t feeling them last week. I don’t know if you feel this way, but there are times when I feel like I want to eat at every new restaurant to open and others when I feel like I don’t want to eat anywhere new at all. I just want to spend the rest of my days and nights alternating meals between The Spotted Pig, Five Points, Cookshop, Tia Pol, Momofuku, and The Little Owl. But then I can’t really do that. First, you’d have nothing new to read about, and second, I don’t know that that much familiarity would really make me happy. We all need variety and newness. We are a society with A.D.D. of everything. We can’t sit still with the same thing for too long (more than ten minutes can seem like a lifetime in New York City). So the key is to make the familiar seem new again. And the way to do that is to keep eating.

So I went back to my list of new places to try and on the top of that list was Flatbush Farm, a restaurant on the edge of Prospect Heights that owner Damon Gordon conceived to harken back to old Brooklyn. I headed over there last week for a girl’s night out with Jamie, Alison, Michelle, and Adrienne (she is doing much better and can use one arm now), and was reminded of (a) how much I love my friends and (b) how much I love a good neighborhood restaurant. If only it were in my neighborhood. Sigh.

Flatbush Farm is a great neighborhood joint. More than a joint really. It is actually two restaurants in one. One side is a sleepy old-world tavern, a spacious room filled with mix and match tables and a long dark bar backed by a friendly bar-keep pouring Sixpoint Pale and Bengali Tiger, Stone Smoked Porter, and Lagunitas Censored Ale. It is dark and moody, the sort of place that feels as though a great American novel might be written in the corner by candlelight. To keep those pages coming, chef Eric ... [more, click below]

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