I was at Aliseo's (on Vanderbilt in Brooklyn) last night and noticed the place was only half-full on a friday night. My husband asked the owner (yes he's a little eccentric, but very nice and accomodating) how business was . He said it was ok but could be better and sounded a little worried. We had a very nice meal - figs in wine with prociutto and cheese (its on the menu as a full plate, but he did it as an app. size for me), loin of pork stuffed with figs with a side of wonderful carmelized spring onions and some other veggies and a great homemade canneloni in a light white sauce. I hope all you Hounds will support this place. The food is really interesting, inventive, fresh and the wines are first rate.I know the menu was very limited when it first opened but is now much expanded - pastas, fish, meat, veggies etc. The owner seems to really care about his restaurant and the quality has only improved (unlike the always packed Moutarde which started great and has gone rapidly downhill). I think it important to support these types of Brooklyn establishment so we don't have to drag into Manhattan everytime we want interesting, creative food. The owner is also putting in garden seating but it probably won't be finished until August. So please, go eat there! And note that I have no connection to Aliseo's whatsoever!