360 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, 718-246-0360
The prix fixe is usually a lazy man’s meal, an easy way to mark time at a restaurant without paying much money, or much attention to your food. But laziness is not an option at 360, where just finding the place (in Red Hook) requires the navigational skills of a Kalahari bushman. Once you’ve finally arrived, the choices on the daily $20 menu will make your head spin. Should you indulge in the cream-of-mussel soup as an appetizer, or the impossibly fresh quenelles of steak tartare? For an entrée, maybe you’d like the pork belly, braised for days, to a kind of candied tenderness, or little nodules of monkfish piled over mounds of buttered cabbage? Remember one thing as you deliberate: At 360, it’s all worth the effort.
Best Prix Fixe
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).