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Battersby = yum.

chowbie | Mar 19, 2012 12:50 PM

Am surprised there's no dedicated thread on this place (though a search does turn up some raves on other threads) so I thought I'd start one.

DH and I were thrilled with our meal last week. Amuse, bread, first and second courses were all what I'd call Platonic forms of each dish. The third courses were good, as good as you'd get at any other good place on Smith, but not transcendent like the others. We were too full for dessert.

Amuse: Smooth, mouth-filling chicken livers on toast. Bread: a puffy thick round of delicious salty crispy fluffiness in a hot pan. Starters: kale salad with deep-fried kale and fresh basil and loads of Asian flavours; "hen egg" in a mushroom broth (Platonic form of cream of mushroom soup). Second: oxtail on mashed potatoes, imagine the best possible version of melting rich oxtail and pillowy potatoes and that's what they served; sweetbreads with a deconstructed Caesar salad, rich vs tangy vs crispy vs melting.
Third: Duck (don't remember exactly what was on the plate besides the duck) and pork with cabbage, mustard and green apple. (If you don't like salt you won't like this place. I like salt.)

The wait: it's teeny and doesn't take reservations. We came in at 8.45 on a drizzly cold Thursday and were told the wait was an hour but that they'd SMS us. Plenty of bars on Smith to wait in, and at precisely 9.45 we got a text: "Slowest dessert eaters in the world finishing up. Probably 10 more minutes." Impressive service. By 11.30 it was pretty empty and the hostess slunk out, saying, "I'm going to take advantage of this unusual opportunity and leave early. This is a slow night."
So obviously the wait is considerable. But it's worth it!

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Battersby
255 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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