On our continuing quest for civilized late-lunches-with-wine in Cobble Hill, a friend and I ended up Cafe Quercy this afternoon. When we wandered in around 1:45, two or three other tables are finishing up, including one older lady with the remains of a fabulous-looking roast chicken salad in front of her. We decide we'll both have what she's having, along with the day's special asparagus-dandelion soup. Then the waitress comes over, she's so sorry, but they're all out of roast chicken, and the next batch won't be ready for another 40 minutes or so. Well, we're suitably bummed, but we order the skate and duck-confit salad instead. As we're waiting, my friend spots a big platter coming out of the kitchen for the staff meal at the back of the restaurant. It's filled, nay, heaped, with roast chicken. And salad. But not for us.
But our lunch is surprisingly delicious anyway: smooth, buttery, grass-colored asparagus soup, with just a slight early-spring bitterness from the dandelion leaves, then lovely soft, succulent skate with capers and brown butter, plus haricots verts and a chunk of potato gratin. Didn't try the duck, but my companion gnawed the bone to get every shred--came with salad topped with cooked beets and walnuts. For $10.95 each (the two-course prix fixe) a very good deal, esp. since their dinner menu is considerably pricier.
And playing in the background, accordions! Cafe Quercy, 242 Court St. at Baltic Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718) 243-2151.
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