Brooklyn – Fort Greene
184 DeKalb Ave. (bet. Carlton Ave. and Cumberland St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11205
- price: $$
- phone: 718-596-4147
- hours: Tues.–Thurs., 6pm–11pm; Fri., 6pm–midnight; Sat., 11am–4pm & 6pm–midnight; Sun., 11am–4pm & 6pm–11pm
- website: marthabrooklyn.com
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Fort Greene is an elegant neighborhood for strolling around, the streets lined with 19th-century Italianate brownstones and the area bordered by Fort Greene Park, codesigned by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux (the team behind Central and Prospect Parks). Martha, just a block from the park and also convenient to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is a bright, welcoming spot for brunch or dinner. There's a charming, handmade feel to it, from the reclaimed-wood tabletops to the knit cozies on handles of the scorching skillets that sometimes serve as plates. The New American menu includes Berkshire pork ribs with ginger glaze, crunchy fried chicken, whole brook trout and a slew of seasonal vegetable dishes with interesting twists. Chef-owner Andres Valbuena is highly skilled, having worked at Mugaritz in Spain's Basque Country and at Thomas Keller's The French Laundry.
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