Brooklyn Journals

Eating Our Way Through Fort Greene

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A July 2004 trip to Brooklyn by oldscratch

À Table Photo, Brooklyn, New York More Photos
Quote: What follows are assorted restaurant reviews compiled during a summer spent sampling the fine dining of Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Veliis

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Restaurant

Veliis Photo, Brooklyn, New York
Quote:
Maya and I were greeted at the door by a sign encouraging us to bring our own wine (the restaurant had recently opened and was still in the process of obtaining their liquor license), so we detoured to The Greene Grape, a wine store conveniently located just steps away. We asked the Greene Grape staff to recommend a wine appropriate for a meal at Veliis, and they smiled and enthusiastically suggested a medium-bodied Argentinean Malbec called Altos Las Hormigas. Of course, that meant nothing to us, but we were in no mood to refuse such a friendly recommendation. Bottle in hand, we returned to the restaurant and Maya remarked that it smelled like a v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2004

Veliis
773 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11217
(718) 596-9070

Ici

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Restaurant

Ici Photo, Brooklyn, New York
Quote:
Maya and I were inspired to try this new addition to Fort Greene's collection of French restaurants after learning that our upstairs neighbor had recently joined their kitchen staff. We walked into Ici on a Saturday night and found the dining room completely empty—a discouraging start to the evening until we discovered that everyone was sitting out back. In Brooklyn one rarely has the opportunity to enjoy a quiet, summer meal in the company of fireflies, and the novelty of the experience showed in the serene looks of the patrons. More than half of these patrons spoke French, and our waitress confirmed that Ici had quickly become a favorite meeting place for Fort Greene's misplaced Gauls....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2004

Ici
246 Dekalb
Brooklyn, New York
(718) 789-2778

À Table

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Restaurant

À Table Photo, Brooklyn, New York
Quote:
À Table is located only a few blocks from my apartment, and I often pass its outdoor crowds while running errands in the neighborhood. Whether it's the summer weather, the good food, or simply the ever-present beer, these sidewalk diners always seem to be enjoying themselves, so on a recent Saturday Maya and I decided to try the restaurant as well.The interior of À Table was decorated like the French-American restaurants of old movies, with lots of candlelight, red-checkered tablecloths, and a bar made of wine crates. Our waitress was very friendly, and from her we ordered the following:* Moules Marinieres ($8.00): We chose this large bowl of mussels as an appetizer. The musse...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2004

À Table
171 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
(718) 935-9121

Gia

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Restaurant

Gia Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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It's seldom that I would begin an IgoUgo review by urging readers to avoid a restaurant at all costs, but Gia is not your typical bad restaurant. Most bad meals are easily forgotten with a resigned shrug of "lesson learned," but my bitterness towards Gia only grows. Please forgive me then if I abuse both Gia's reputation and the reader's goodwill by seeking catharsis with this review. So apologies aside, I might as well say it. Gia is two pounds of shit stuffed in a one-pound sack. If only because of its small portions, minimalist décor, and glass façade, Gia has staked a claim as Fort Greene's "special occasion" restaurant. For this reason, I recently took Maya there for her birthday, an...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 8, 2004

Gia
68 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11217
718/246-1755

Liquors

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Restaurant

Quote:
I imagine one of the hardest parts of opening a new bar or restaurant is naming it, and perhaps that's why so many these days opt to assume the name of the space's former tenant. Or, more probably, it's simply the hip thing to do—Williamsburg, for example, is home to both Pete's Candy Store and Union Pool (formerly A-1 Pool and Pest Supply). Anyway, Fort Greene has it own restaurant named after a former tenant, Liquors, and Maya and I recently gave it a try. I'll leave it to the reader to guess the previous tenant. I should add that a major reason we tried Liquors was an ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2004

Liquors
219 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11205
(718) 852-7273

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