My dining chops have been on FIRE recently. Last night, I went with some friends to check out the Lynn on Bryant in the old Heidi’s/Blackbird Café space. This is the kind of place I hate reporting about here because I kind of want to keep it all to myself but that’s not very chow-friendly of me.
First of all, I would say this is in the same vein as The Kenwood and Tilia. Really fun neighborhood restaurant concepts that are doing their own thing with really good food. The space here is a bit different – the front of the restaurant has café seating which is first come first serve and a bit more casual in nature food-wise (burgers, etc.). You then walk through a narrowish hallway to the back dining area which seats about 30 people which features more upscale fare, but the whole restaurant is a really comfortable casual vibe. The back wall is an eclectic mix of old wood boards and telephone insulators. Very fun! And you pass the kitchen along the way, which is kind of fun too.
The host and server were both incredibly friendly. One friend and I started with a celery puree soup and the other ordered a mushroom goat cheese tart with a small salad. I thought the soup was quite good barring slightly over-salted croutons. My friend LOVED the mushroom goat cheese tart and proclaimed it divine. We were also served a lovely basket of house made bread. We were also told that the entire basement is a prep kitchen and they make virtually everything in house from bread and pastries to sauces to curing their own bacon and sausages!
On to the entrees – one had the chicken grand mere (chicken with mushrooms, potatoes, pearl onions and bacon lardons), another had the baby pumpkin filled with chestnut custard and I had the beef with chef’s garnish which last night was an amazing ribeye served with purple potatoes fried in duck fat, creamed spinach and the most amazing bordelaise sauce. It was phenomenal. Truly. The ribeye was cooked perfectly medium rare and was seasoned amazingly well. Also had a couple glasses of wine which were quite night and the desserts looked amazing but we were all too stuffed to order them. I guess we’ll just have to go back. We think our next trip back will be for breakfast.
This is definitely a winner and will totally in my restaurant rotation.