Brooklyn – Williamsburg
253 Grand St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St
The young crowd at this American bistro is here to eat, recession be damned. The warm aesthetic carries over to the chophouse-style food and drink: Hit-the-spot standbys include a French-dip sandwich--moist slices of filet mignon in a crackling baguette--and expertly rendered cocktails. Surf and turf produced an eight-ounce filet mignon, cooked the ideal medium-rare, and a tender half lobster still in its shell. Desserts also fit the comfort-food mold: Try the banana bread pudding, with pockets of melted chocolate within.
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- Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V