As chronicled on Free Williamsburg, the dry-aged and char-grilled steaks at DeStefano's Steakhouse are cut "as thick as the last Harry Potter book" before they're served atop heated plates. Executive chef Alex Golovin approaches the entire menu with an old-school sensibility that highlights classic cuts alongside houses take on chicken cordon bleu and seafood pasta dishes. These plates pair with a compact list of cordials, brandy, and scotch, as well as nearly 100 international red and white wines.
Owner Joey DeStefano is deeply committed to his area's history, courting "more of an old-school neighborhood crowd" than Williamsburg gentrifiers. But wherever you come from, Joey will try his best to make you feel like family. The familial atmosphere comes naturally, due to the fact that the restaurant inhabits the former home of Joey's mother and still houses several of his childhood sleds, each named Rosebud. Outside the brick building, old-fashioned lettering and a neon sign proclaiming "Dee's Corner" welcome guests inside, where family photos line the walls and a fireplace casts its glow on a pressed-tin ceiling.
The grand chambers of New York Steak House are lined with mahogany walls that run its length under hand-stained stamped copper ceilings, giving the space a classy, timeless feel. As fire crackles under the mantle, a musician might skitter fingers across the baby grand piano and diners peruse a menu of traditional steakhouse cuisine. Carnivorous selections include classic cuts of beef along with short ribs braised for six hours. Diners who choose seafood entrees might enjoy a sea bass or scallops with an Asian twist, not because it’s wrapped in bamboo, but because it’s artfully seasoned with sweet soy sauce, teriyaki, or ginger.
If you have never had Argentinian food, you are missing out—but if you ever find yourself in Brooklyn, you can change that at Café Argentino on Grand Street. Featuring such dishes as Argentine chorizo, a regional variation of sausage that will fill you up and tickle your taste buds with its unique blend of flavors, and ceviche de camarones, a tangy shrimp dish that makes the perfect appetizer, Café Argentino brings a slice of Argentina right into New York. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Café Argentino will make you an Argentinian food fan—and will have current Argentine cuisine lovers coming back for more.
With a menu originally created by Top Chef alumna Josie Smith-Malave, the cooks at The Speakeasy Brooklyn craft comfort fare from around the world to plate amidst the brick-lined dining room's speakeasy-style glam festooned with gold curtains and candlelight. Dining duos can begin their global sojourn in America's backyard with tender barbecue-glazed baby back ribs, which evoke memories of neighborhood cookouts and hang-gliding on the talons of majestic eagles. Curried shrimp transports taste buds to Thailand with coconut milk and basil, and salmon glazed with citrus maple basks in an eddy of rice pilaf and string beans. Diners can appease warlord sweet teeth with bounteous offerings of flourless chocolate cake or summery peach-and-blueberry cobbler.
At Moldova Restaurant, diners don?t just run into their Brooklyn neighbors, they make friends with visitors from Moldova, Romania, and other Eastern European countries as well. This is because owner Radu Panfil and his culinary team labor over centuries-old recipes, ensuring only authentic Moldavian ingredients grace the menu. Traditional plates of stuffed chicken breasts topped with cheese, lamb kabobs, and carp fried in cornmeal join house specials such as the mamaliga trapeza?cornmeal encircled by assorted meats, cheese, sour cream, and scrambled eggs. These entrees, as well as desserts, such as stuffed dried plums or crepes with sour cherries and cream, have earned the eatery attention abroad, including in a Romanian piece for Radio Europa Libera.
And the food is not the only Moldovan staple of the restaurant. Panfil and crew take great pains to replicate the country?s old-world charm with traditional folk art and paintings, banquet hall-style seating, Slavic-patterned ceilings, and tapestries from the homeland. They also host live music, inspiring patrons to join hands in a joyful circle dance. And to amp up the festiveness during the holidays, they light up the dining room by dangling folk dolls and other appropriate d?cor from the soft wooded beams that cross over the white and gray ceiling.
Every day, we’re becoming more and more aware of our own health and try to eat better. Usually this involves eating at home more but one restaurant, Benchmark, wanted to make eating out healthy too! After visiting the Brooklyn Museum or Botanical Gardens, Benchmark offers wonderful, healthy food in a beautiful environment! When Benchmark opened, the goal was to retain history in the neighborhood. Most would agree that Benchmark’s rustic interior and the surveyor and architect tools displayed (which were found on the property) do this quite well. The space is warm and inviting to patrons, but the real treat at Benchmark Restaurant is the food. Rather than buying meat from slaughter houses or vegetables from large companies, Benchmark provides pasture-raised meat—arguably the healthier choice—and buys from local growers to support fellow small businesses. Not only is eating at Benchmark a good experience that’s good for your health and taste buds, you’re supporting small business!