Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-11pm; Fri, 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm
B, Q at Seventh Ave.
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James brings a refined, hyper-localized touch to Prospect Heights in a handsome century-old brownstone. Proprietors Bryan Calvert (formerly of Bouley) and Deborah Williamson grow their own fresh herbs on the roof (the very ones advertised on an old-timey poster of herbs hanging on the restaurant’s mottled white brick walls), hand-mix tantalizingly strong brandy vanilla ice cream in the kitchen, and serve upscale cocktails from behind an antique wood bar. Seasonal is a style practiced here with fervor; expect occasional dishes like a puckeringly tart and sweet lemon blueberry tart and delicately roasted whole quail, depending on what local farms have to offer. Highlights from the menu constants include salmon cured in-house paired with roasted beets and mildly spicy horseradish oil and a kingly burger that tops a soft brioche bun with an expertly grilled-to-order patty of grass-fed beef and melted Cotswold cheese. The chocolate pot de creme is made with ingredients from Mast Brothers.
Reservations accepted for groups of six or more.Recommended Dishes
Chocolate pot de creme, $9; grass-fed beef burger, $16