Since we're in the neighborhood, we've tried most of the places on Smith, Court and surrounding streets. And we went into Sue Perette when it first opened and spoke to them, making a mental note to go back when it got its legs. And I've read almost nothing but good reviews since then. So, did I go? No. Why? Stupidity.
Last night, four of us had an excellent meal, start to finish, at a price point that puts it below the high end of Smith St but high enough to have to want to have a serious meal and not just graze. And worth every penny.
Portions are adequate but not huge, everything very well conceptualized and plated. And, most importantly, very tasty. The wine list was short but reasonable and there are half priced bottles before 7pm on Fri/Sat and all night on Thurs. We had a couple of reds (a French Cab Franc & a St. Emillion) that were both good enough and worth the price. My sweetbread app. was in a mushroom puree with a caramelized onion and was up there with any app. I've recently had just about anywhere. More would have been better (3-4 nice pieces were served, but I'm a glutton). The pates that Ginny and one of our friends had were excellent as well, with a good array of pickled vegetables nicely displayed on the boards. And the sauerkraut soup (yep, that's right) was (of course) vinegar-y but very good as well. My duck entree was a solid portion of sliced breast on a plate that included pearl onions, carrots and other well chosen individual veggies, all perfectly done and flavorful. The cured? salmon entree was very good as well and the 2 trout entrees were rolled up fillets, looking like a tube with a crispy skin wafer placed on top. Inventive, moist and tasty. My poached pear (poached in white wine - muscat - not the usual red) had a "filling" of moussed blue cheese and crumbles of blu and candied walnuts on the side. The other dessert (which I forget) was very nice as well.
All in, with a large tip, we only spent $125/couple. Not inexpensive compared to Havana Cafe, Savoia or the Wing Bar but, since the food is more comparable to Saul or Grocery than these places, certainly on the low side for what we had.
Unfortunately, for a Friday night, only 2 other tables were occupied from 7pm to almost 9pm so I don't see how that's enough to keep them afloat. Hopefully, it was an unusually slow night. I feel guilty not going sooner. You should go there.
270 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231