Checked out the newest of the many new Cobble Hill-ish restaurants tonight. At the moment, Brucie is mostly a take out operation -- they seem to want to be a market too, and there are a few good looking products, but that part is very patchy at this point. They also want to serve meals in house as well, and you could certainly eat at the broad bar (no liquor yet) but as they readily admitted, the lighting and the set up is not quite ready for dining in.
Anyway, I had a very tasty panelle sandwich on a Caputo's sesame seed roll with delicious fresh ricotta. Vinegar pickles were added as a twist -- which worked, and brought some welcome acidity, honey was also added, and this I could have lived without. I added some salt at home, and with that it was awesome. I'll be back in Palermo on Friday morning, and I don't think Brucie's panelle is going to spoil me for the real thing, but this was a very tasty neighborhood option (and it's been a while since I got to Ferdinando's...). Also, quite refreshing if a little overly dressed was a salad of razor thin sliced green tomatos and radishes.
The young chef and her staff are super nice and enthusiastic, and they really seem to be trying to do something serious -- the most obvious analogy is Torrisi Bros. -- classic Italian and Italian American fare a little updated, with good local ingredients (spaghetti and meatballs were on offer, but so was goat cheese lasagna with cherry tomatos). Unlike a lot of what opens in this neighborhood, these are people who actually have an interesting idea and are trying to execute it with some originality.
I'll be very curious to see how this one develops -- it could become a go to if the food lives up to the enthusiasm (and I'm a sucker for a panelle special...next time I'll ask them to hold the honey).
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