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Gristmill

289 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215 40.673754 -73.982427
nr. 1st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-499-2424 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Dessert / Ice Cream Shop, Pizza
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Official Website

gristmillbk.com

Hours

Mon-Tues and Thurs, 5pm-11pm; Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat, 11am-3pm and 5pm-midnight; Sun, 11am-3pm and 5pm-11pm

Prices

$14-$19

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Before he opened this Park Slope restaurant, the young and ambitious chef-owner, who grew up in the neighborhood, worked at restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Boston’s acclaimed Ribelle, where he was the executive pastry chef. The focus here is on the wood-fired oven and grains. Though there’s no countertop grain mill in the restaurant itself, the various dishes are made with 11 different wheat and corn flours, and all of the grain is milled to order. Putting his experience in pastry and passion for gluten to work, the chef uses those flours to make dishes like pizzas topped with fennel and dandelion greens, garganelle pasta with curds and whey, or lump crab with cornbread that has polenta folded into it. Preparations change frequently, but the cooking, he says, is guided by the principle of finding what’s delicious. There’s a heavy emphasis on vegetables, and an embrace of the fun side of cooking, with nostalgic dishes like pie à la mode, garlic knots, and milkshakes on offer. Along with the food, there are beers and ciders on tap, a handful of wines all under $60, and cocktails like a vogue Contratto spritz (Contratto Americano or Contratto Bitter, cava, and sparkling water). Along with the 46-seat dining room, which includes a four-seat chef’s table and ten-seat bar, there is an enclosed backyard with another 20 seats for sipping on whiskey Martinezes (bourbon, black-cardamom sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Angostura bitters) and eating ice-cream sundaes.

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