It's a Date!
by Fiorella Valdesolo, New York Observer contributor, 12/08/2008
1. The Farm on Adderley
1108 Cortelyou Rd. • 718-287-3101
Ditmas Park is marked by leafy streets crowded with stately Victorian homes. Thanks to The Farm on Adderley, it may also be on its way to dining destination status. Reservations are not accepted here, but there's plenty of room in the front lounge to relax with a glass of Long Island wine. Once you're escorted to the dining room or, if weather permits, the charming back garden, the first thing you'll notice is space. Beneath antique pressed-tin ceilings and wood beams, mismatched vintage tables and chairs are arranged with ample room for private conversations. The food, which follows contemporary farm-to-table ideology, is a study in elevated simplicity. An heirloom tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad gets a flavorful kick from the tomato water it swims in. A peas 'n' lettuce appetizer is an appealing mix of bright greens, crispy leeks, and creamy buttermilk dressing. Entrées are just as satisfying. Chicken in the hay, an unexpectedly moist smoked breast of chicken served with shell peas and farmer's cheese, tastes a lot better than the name. Grilled hanger steak is deftly prepared and kept lively with peppery salsa verde. The English muffin burger, tasty on its own, is trumped by the golden, skin-on, crunchy fries and curry mayo that accompany it. The unexpected success of this rustic outpost underscores the origins of its name, a reference to an outcome as unlikely as buying a farm on a major Cape Town thoroughfare.
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