I have lived in Brooklyn Heights for a year, utterly unaware that this great neighborhood restaurant was 2 blocks from my house. I had such a charming experience there last night that I must tell you about it.
Alicia's is tucked away on Columbia Place in Brooklyn Heights, which is completely residential, save a corner deli and a laundromat. You're unlikely to walk by Alicia's unless you make a point to go-- which you should. The food is delicious, inexpensive, and served by the friendliest staff. Most of the dinner entrees are $7 or $8 and I guess you would call it creative american food. I had vegan antipasto, which had 5 or 6 different cold vegetable dishes. My friend got a salad special of mesclun greens with blueberry vinegrette, caramelized onions, and toasted hazlenuts and a calamari special that he liked a lot. Simple but delicious. We both had desert, mine apple pineapple bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and rum sauce and his blueberry/orange compote with ice cream. The menu had a few different chicken, fish, and pasta dishes that all sounded good.
I chatted with the owner, Wayne, who told me that the clientele is entirely neighborhood folks. Both he and our waitress were charming. We ate at tables on the sidewalk outside and I would definitely feel comfortable eating alone there. There's a cafe quality to the place. Nothing about it is so strikingly different, but it's got good food and good karma at the right price. It's on a quiet street that has everything I like about Brooklyn Heights. I will be returning quite often. Plus, the owners are opening a bar/lounge next door in September. Perfect!