This past weekend, Mike and I had two separate parties to attend in Brooklyn, so we took advantage of the last month that he lives in Park Slope to explore some more of Brooklyn.
Our first evening was in Williamsburg, so Mike did some research and found a restaurant called Dressler, which was right near Peter Luger Steakhouse. The restaurant had an old feel, but was beautifully decorated and well set up.
The menu looked fabulous and we had a hard time deciding. I started with the artichoke heart salad, which was a huge cooked artichoke heart filled with cranberry beans (which resembled white lima beans) and greens with artichoke dressing. As an artichoke lover, I was quite happy. Mike had a quail appetizer which was tasty but a bit on the small side (though I can’t fault the restaurant for that since quail are certainly small).
Mike ordered the pork chops, which were good, but not the best I’ve had.
My meal, however, was amazing. It was a grilled sirloin with braised short ribs in a bordelaise sauce. It came with creamed spinach and boulanger potato (which turned out to be an amazingly flavorful, gratin like potato). The short ribs were terrific and the sauce was perfect. Thoroughly enjoyable.
We capped off with a dessert special: apple tart with sweet glazed pecans and vanilla ice cream. Probably one of the best tarts I’ve ever eaten.
Total Nom Points for Dressler: 7.5 out of 10
The next day we spent our time walking around Park Slope and made a stop in the Prospect Park Zoo. It was a great, small zoo and we had a very good time. By 3pm, however, we were famished. We glanced at a few menus and stumbled upon Belleville on 5th and 5th.
I went with the special crepe, which had gruyere, onions, and herbs. The flavors were great and the crepe itself had great taste, however, it was only about 1/4 filled, which was dissapointing.
Mike went with the burger, and it was tasty (I love when meat tastes like meat) but not too special. The fries looked great, but were certainly lackluster in taste.
Total Nom Points for Belleville: 5.5 out of 10
On Sunday we were on our way up Park Slope to a party at Union Hall (great party bar! Loved the library). On the way, we stopped in at Rachel’s Taqueria on 5th Ave at 7th Street. We had been there once before in a terrible monsoon of a rain storm and drank margaritas until the rain passed. I wasn’t sure if I enjoyed it so much because it really was good, or because the margaritas were so good. So we decided to give it another try.
Now for me, Mexican is a novelty. I am allergic to peppers, which for the part means Mexican is something I avoid. Sometimes, however, a restaurant will work with me and be very clear about what does and does not have peppers. Rachel’s has succeeded twice now and I’m still not sure if I like it so much because it’s so new to me or because it is quite good. Mike seemed to think it was average, though I thoroughly enjoyed my burrito, which was huge and had shredded pork, rice, beans, sour cream, and cheese (no salsa nor guac due to the peppers).
Mike had a very messy though delicious looking chimichanga.
Total Nom Points for Rachel’s: 6 out of 10