In recent weeks I've eaten at Applewood, Stone Park, Convivium, Tempo and Blue Ribbon.
Tonight we went once again to al di la (there at 6:00 PM and stayed until 8:00 PM at a table by the front windows - heaven!)
If there is a better kitchen in Brooklyn when it it running at it's best (and when Anna K is at the helm) I don't know what it it could possibly be.
The cuttlefish/oxtail/polenta appetizer is unsurpassed, as is the casunziei (ravioli stuffed with red beets and ricotta drenched in melted butter w/poppy seeds!) The duck leg and the hake mains were beyond description.
I know millions of words of been written abut al di la - but the consistency of it's food demands a few million more.