Always interesting when a much talked about restaurant gets no coverage on Chowhound. I happened to go last weekend and wanted to share some thoughts.
Overall, an enjoyable meal but I'd be hard-pressed to call it destination-worthy...especially considering the location. You do get the sense that you are an outsider going to this restaurant as there's nothing else like it on the block let alone the neighborhood. I'm making the assumption that the clientele is 95% not from the area. During our meal, a homeless woman barged into the restaurant and asked patrons for money. The waitress did her best to throw her out and make light of the situation but it was awkward. It did remind me of going to restaurants in Red Hook back in the day which was slightly nice and nostalgic.
The waitress is the chef's wife and is super sweet. The 19 tables were not full at 8pm on a Saturday night despite all of the press that I've seen. I'd say it was always 70% full. She's definitely stretched thin and we waited a little bit for things but she means well and overall, I'd say it was not a huge issue.
Foodwise, the consomme with foie gras dumplings was delicious and probably the most unique. Imagine the best wonton soup with foie gras inside and you're pretty much there. Scallop appetizer was good overall though nothing memorable. Just a perfectly cooked scallop in a vegetable medley with foam.
The schnitzel was excellent. I love schnitzel though I have a hard time accepting it as high end cuisine when I go to Wallse or places like that. It was expertly fried. The duck duo was done well but once again, not particularly memorable. The breast was cut too thinly for my taste and the huckleberry sauce wasn't for me. The confit leg was better.
Lastly, the sticky toffee cake with fig was delicious. It was pre-made and would've been nice if it was served warm but it was good.
Corkage of $20 though their wine list wasn't bad at all.