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“Farm on Adderley”

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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

Last year sometime, my friends Kiri, Court and I went to brunch at a place we’d heard great things about in Williamsburg. It was called Sweetwater, and we absolutely loved it. It had a great vibe, and the food was spot on. There were piles of fluffy eggs studded with chorizo, sides of Merguez, a frittata with Fontina, broccoli rabe, locally-made sausages, and a potato hash of some sort. While I don’t remember exactly what we had, I do remember that we hung around for quite a while because Court was not content to leave without eating more. And so he ordered again. He was in love with the food. (And possibly with a young woman knitting at the bar. Court is easily taken with young women in the “arts.”) I went back to Sweetwater a few weeks later for dinner with my friends Adam and Ben and we had an equally stellar experience. I was hooked. And then I heard that the chef had left. Hate that. Culinary heartbreak hurts. Anyway, last week, Julie, Kathy and I headed out to Ditmas Park, to a place with great word of mouth called Farm on Adderley, and I learned that the chef was none other than Thomas Kearney, who was the chef at Sweetwater in Williamsburg. Reunited, and it feels so good… Farm on Adderley is owned by Gary Jonas and Allison McDowell, first-time restaurateurs and two-year residents of Ditmas Park who noticed a growing population of young hungry singles and families and stepped in to oblige. They should get an award for best restaurant debut. This place is SWEET! The Farm (as it is known locally) is a great neighborhood haunt—an American bistro with a just enough of a hip, urban vibe. It sports original tin ceilings, a convivial bar and lounge up front lit with bare bulbs the size of grapefruits, and a long dining room flanked by an exposed brick wall on one side and a plane of glossy wood paneling on the other. In the back, a walled-in garden awaits the Spring.
The name of the restaurant comes from a saying back home where Jonas grew up in Capetown where Adderley is a major thoroughfare. The saying, “If that ever happens, I’ll buy you a Farm on Adderley,” is one that has the same meaning as “Yeah, right. When pigs fly.” Indeed, that is probably the response Jonas and McDowell received when they told their friends and family about their intention to open a restaurant on Cortelyou Road, but hey, they did it, and let me say how happy I am that they did. I would take the Q train onc ... [more, click below]

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