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Risbo

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701 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225 40.656056 -73.959729
nr. Winthrop St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
347-425-9116 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: $$

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    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
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    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
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    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
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Official Website

risbobk.com

Hours

Sun-Thurs, 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 5pm-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

Q at Parkside Ave.; 2, 5 at Winthrop St.

Prices

$12-$20

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery

Profile

Paris-born, Brooklyn-based chef Boris Ginet, for one, has met the market-sector challenge of New York’s ever faster and more casual dining scene with a weapon previously undeployed in this arena: the Vibe. Sure, Ginet would very much like you to partake of his rotisserie meats and eclectic sides at his “chef-driven rotisserie” Risbo, but more than that, he wants you to vibe. Hence the relaxed, low-lit, garage-door room; the weekend DJ spinning French electro-pop, reggae, and hip-hop; the Ginet-built communal tables intended to transform strangers into fast friends; and the cozy bar dispensing tropical-sounding cocktails like vodka bissap and “Boris’s Ginger Rum Drank.” The overall effect is not so much like going out to eat but rather stumbling into a worldly dinner party hosted by a French-trained chef living in a garage–slash–art gallery equipped with a $27,000 Rotisol rotisserie. All the meats, or a whole fish like branzino, can be ordered à la carte, with mix-and-match sides and sauces, or as part of the Risbo platter, with five fixed sides — a southern meat-and-three (plus two) reconceived for Flatbush Avenue appetites. The beef and lamb, while full of herby, garlicky flavor, had just a bit too much chew one visit. But the duck and chicken sprang from the rotisserie racks juicy, salty, and tender, while the branzino’s supple texture and subtle flavor, enhanced by a swipe of chermoula, rewarded the effort required to fillet it on a crowded metal tray. Platter or not, you want the rich and creamy “mac five cheese” and the invigoratingly spicy red-cabbage salad. Also of note: berbere-spiced hummus, plantains served unsliced in their peels, and perfectly messy rotisserie-meat tacos. Risbo is not immune to the lure of the fast-casual bowl, either: A weird-sounding but nevertheless terrific shepherd’s-pie version is a rib-sticking foil to the greens-beans-and-grains-packed “Healthy One.” For dessert, warm apple cobbler and fudgy chocolate-chip cookies are pure comfort, and project a homey vibe all their own.

Hours

The kitchen closes at 11 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Recommended Dishes

Boris’s Ginger Rum Drank, Risbo Platter with chicken, mac and cheese, apple cobbler.

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