I went to the Good Fork last Wednesday and had a nice meal. My dinner partner and I shared everything we ordered: pork dumplings, crab cake, sweatbreads, kimchi rice, scallops with scallion pancakes and key lime pie.
The scallops with scallion pancakes were the best ($20) (and the only entree we ordered). The scallops were delicious and plentiful. The crab cake was good, there was one, and had more crab than cake, which was a treat. I had never had sweetbreads (to the presumptuous astonishment of my friend) but she told me that they were not typically prepared this way. I liked them, deep fried, served with greens, ramps and grapefruit. I was slightly indifferent to the pork dumplings, but my company liked them a lot (commented on the freshness) and I overheard another table compliment them as well. I like kimchi rice, but could have skipped it here.
The menu had Korean influences (only apparent here in the kimchi rice, maybe the dumplings) which I found interesting, but these influences seemed to divide the dishes, instead of unite. The idea of this pairing is there, and is promising, but thought it could be pushed harder.
I had two glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, and they were huge (glass and half+) and only $5. And, had a taste of the Redhook Cooler (gin, lemon juice and fresh mint) $6 and it was very good. There were also some other interesting and inexpensive drinks on the menu.
Finished with an espresso and Steves Authentic Key Lime Pie. It was delicious.
Spoke briefly with the chef and later with her husband and both were really nice, accommodating and seemed very enthusiastic about running their restaurant. They said that they plan to open the garden soon and plan to joint-host a sake tasting with pairings with LeNells (sounds like fun!).
I see The New York Times says $25 and under. I went Dutch for $50, after everything above, tax and tip, but ate a lot of food. They take reservations (for those that don't want to go all the way down to Redhook to wait for a table).
All said and done, I had a very nice dinner and definitely recommend going, but I will need to have some more standout dishes to keep me coming back.
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