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243 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205 40.689571 -73.969451
nr. Vanderbilt Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-622-5300 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10


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Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

G at Clinton-Washington Aves.; C at Lafayette Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Great Desserts
  • Hot Spot
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Catering


  • Full Bar


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Andrew Tarlow and Mark Firth—the pair behind the ever-bustling Diner and Marlow & Sons—rechristened their former Bonita space into this candlelit small-plates spot in late 2009 (Firth has since left). Though the short menu (divided into three parts) changes nightly, all dishes are reliably locavore and ingredient-driven. You’re likely to start with a salad or something fried or creamy, like a recent soft-scrambled-egg crostini topped with ramp pesto or a delectable crock of baked, tangy stracchino cheese. Next is a pasta section, where there’s usually agnolotti stuffed with fillings ranging from short rib to arugula, and a tender meat ragout served over wide, flat noodles. Entrees are hearty and to the point: steak for two (sourced from Marlow & Daughters) or a chopped, braised, or grilled fish. Portions are small, and servers can get prickly if you request a course out of order, but the neighborhood spot feels particularly right for a weeknight dinner or for a glass of wine and a snack at the attractive marble bar. One dish that thankfully doesn’t rotate: a dark-chocolate sorbet so sinfully rich it earned our pick for Best Ice Cream.

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