Madcap Cafe

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86 Very Good

This homey little spot run by a Per Se and Momofuku Ko vet is part bar, part diner, and altogether charming.

387 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231


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New York needs more Heather Fullers, chefs who ascend the fine-dining ladder at places like Per Se and Momofuku Ko, accumulating technique and experience, then harnessing that power to serve humanity via BEC sandwiches on house-baked flatbread, cheesy baked pasta, and veggie “nachos” that benefit from topflight knife skills and the deft marriage of pico de gallo and green-goddess dressing. The open kitchen is comically small, and so is the menu, but regulars can expect frequent specials like gringo-but-great ground-beef tacos and a Key-lime pie to rival Steve’s. With its potent cocktails and crowd-pleasing comfort food, Madcap is part bar, part diner, and altogether charming

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

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DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized