L-evated Cuisine: Dining Along the L Train
by Julie Besonen, 04/03/2013
Photo: Michael Parmelee
L Train Stop: Lorimer St.
145 Borinquen Place, 347-789-7742, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Lighthouse is flooded with light before the sun goes down, acting as a beacon in formerly desolate South Williamsburg. Rocker types in motorcycle jackets and jeans as tight as tourniquets, some of them carrying babies as accessories, populate the long wood tables. The cherrywood bar is good for hanging out, especially since the sibling owners, Naama and Assaf Tamir, used to work at Employees Only and know their way around interesting spirits and well-balanced cocktails. The food is eclectic and responsibly sourced, prepared in an open kitchen. Quinoa salad with grilled strips of nutty halloumi cheese, chickpeas, peppers and avocado, is a healthy way to go. Less healthy, but no less good, is a quarter-pounder burger with manchego cheese and caramelized onion jam. And on at least part of their menu, it seems they've taken a page from Portlandia—pickled mushrooms, peppers, olives, eggplant and jalapeños are among the many delicious items on offer.