It's maddening how a great neighborhood like Brooklyn Heights, filled with people who have disposable income and are dying for more good restaurants -- whether chowhoundish or more upscale, ANYTHING, PLEASE, HELP! -- continues to have some of the most mediocre restaurants than any comparable nabe in the city.
Before anyone gets upset with my broad brush, we're talking only about Brooklyn Heights proper, excluding the rest of brownstone Brooklyn; and certainly excluding the good middle eastern restaurants on Atlantic (which is kind of Cobble Hill) and Noodle Puddling, the wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant on Henry we discovered years ago through Chowhound.
Centro on Montague Street opened a week or two ago and we went there last night. We had low expectations, and the restaurant did not disappoint in staying below them. The food tastes like the similarly mediocre Heights Cafe, which friends tell us has the same owners.
The menu at Centro is kind of Italian, but not really -- feels like Heights Cafe with a sprig of rosemary so it can call itself Italian. The food at Centro was totally bland, not very plentiful and the most expensive on Montague Street. Yeah, the decor is very nice, funky, hip, but it still feels like a Heights Cafe extension but with a way worse menu. At least with the mediocre Heights Cafe, you can get a harmless (actually pretty good) burger.
Sigh. More mediocre chowhound in Brooklyn Heights.