Brooklyn – Williamsburg
152 Metropolitan Ave at Berry St
Punched-tin walls, wood-planked ceilings and glowing lamps give this restaurant a timeless feel. And with chef Diego Gonzalez helming the Mediterranean-inspired, Greenmarket-stocked kitchen, the food makes a lasting impression as well. Crispy fried basil crowns a plate of wild-boar meatballs, and sautéed baby artichokes are dusted with featherlight shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano. The locally sourced seafood is a reliable draw as well: Delicious mustard-seed--crusted tuna was served over a bed of pleasantly salty white fava beans. The service is spotty (it took 20 minutes for the wine to appear, and another 20 to get our check) but this solid, reasonably priced food is worth the wait.
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- Average main course: $16. Cash only