Diner / Marlow & Sons is obviously pretty well known and I've been meaning to come for a long time, but I have to admit that after I saw the Anthony Bourdain episode, I had to come b/c it looked so good. I also forget how close Williamsberg is to the LES where I live (literally a 5 min cab ride and close to me that most places in the city). So a few weeks ago, I decided to go with my GF and a good friend of mine.
Now Marlow & Sons and Diner are literally right next to each other and if you didn't know are owned by the same people who own local butcher shop Marlow & Daughters (down the street) where they source their meat from.
Even though there wasn't really a wait at Diner, we put our name down and said we wanted to grab some food at Marlow & Sons and the hostess was totally cool about it. We started at Marlow & Sons, which sort of looks like some old school grocery store, its all wood and had selves of things like honey. The back room is filled with tables. We sat upfront. They have a full dinner menu and seem to specialize in oysters. Here's what we got:
- oysters: wow these were really great, they were from the east coast although i'm totally blanking on where exactly they were from, but the were very fresh and briny...i mean its an oyster, so i dont know how much description i can go into, but they were really good put it that way. They came with a vinagrette sauce and cocktail sauce, i didn't try to the cocktail sauce (i think its too strong for oysters generally), but i did try the vinagrette sauce and it was excelltn
- corn niblets: this was a special of the day and omg were these good. this corn rivals cafe habana for best corn. The corn was corn into pieces and fried, sounds weird, but i honestly i wouldn't have even known it was fried if they didn't tell me, it wasn't greasy and didn't really taste fried at all. It had a parmesan herb sauce on it and we squeezed limes all over it, I can't tell you how good this dish was....wow
So after a few beers and some amazing appetizers, we walked next door to Diner, which is modeled after a diner car that has seating it in. We decided to eat outside since it was a nice out. The menu only has a burger on it, they change their menu daily and the waitress literally wrote the menu down on the table (paper table clothes). Here's what we got:
- beef carpacchio: this was the one disappointment of the night, the meat was fine, but the sauce they put on it tasted heavily of mayo and we all decided that it just tasted way too mayo-y (i hate mayo fyi)
- 1.5 lbs steak: this was so excellent, it was served on the bone, which I always love as i think the flavor of the meat around the bone is so good. The meat was really flavorful, I can't really explain it, but just had an awesome flavor to it and was super tender (ordered medium rare). The melt bone marrow butter on it, so the meat has this great rich flavor to it. It's steak, so again its somewhat self-explantory, but literally one of the best steaks ive had in the city.
- burger: another hit, just a super good burger, the meat was very flavorful, not overcooked and just a great burger, definitely one of the better burgers in NYC.
- fries: self-explantory, but really good, not super thin or super fat, but very fresh and crispy, not overly salted and just really great fries
Overall, an unbelievable meal. I really highly suggest, going here, one of the best meals ive had in a really long time.
Here's pics (I'm R.L. on yelp):
- corn niblets: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/G18cPT...
- oysters: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/G18cPT...
- steak: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/l2u-IH...
- burger: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/l2u-IH...
Marlow & Sons
81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211