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82 Good

An Italian-leaning restaurant with a big garden and an ambitious kitchen.

606 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238



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The lowdown

At the warm, Italian-influenced Faun, you can dredge crispy chicken skins in a silky pool of chicken-liver mousse, and the homemade pastas (including a gluten-free option) are sauced with nettle pesto and tripe ragù. The kitchen — recently under the direction of Brian Leth — is seasonally driven, plating, say, New Jersey–grown asparagus with speck and a fried egg, and serving pastas with Sun Gold tomatoes grown right in the restaurant’s lush backyard, a tranquil dining refuge. Brunch is no afterthought, with duck-confit hash and fluffy French toast topped with seared foie gras.

What you need to know

Insider Tips During warmer months, the restaurant’s large, lovely garden is one of Brooklyn’s best places to eat outdoors.

Recommended DishesOctopus; seasonal pastas; Berkshire pork Milanese.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelHushed