my friend and i were wandering around the neighborhood after going to the brooklyn art museum, today, and stumbled across a wonderfly pleasant neighborhood joint. it's called teddy's and it serves greek simple greek fare.
the food is not high falutin -- i.e. the tough greenleaf lettuce and GM tomato bricks that comprised the salad reflected 'value' rather than quality -- but there is also real skill in that kitchen. we ordered the sole and moussaka entrees, each of which come with salad, pita, and a choice of lemon potatoes, fries, or rice. my sole was pan fried with a lovely brown crust and came crispy despite the light lemon / butter dressing. the portion of fish was small, but given the freshness, the price ($10), and that it was perfectly cooked i have no cause to complain. the lemon potatoes i opted for -- four or five big wedges of them -- were simple, but perfectly dressed in oil and lemon juice (maybe a hit of oregeno) and very flavorful. my companion's moussaka was quite competently made. lemon in the pitcher of ice water was also a nice detail.
the service and ambiance really stood out, however. the back patio, with a garden and small fountain in the back, was a lovely place to sit and linger over dinner, while the sun gentled with the hour. service was perfect: the owners, i think, work the restaurant, and they, along with a young man in his twenties who served us our meal, were both perfectly gracious and not fake/overly friendly. (i despise false heartiness and familiarity.) they never rushed us, nor were they absentee, and cheerfully brought takeout containers for me (since i had to save room for a later meal) and my companion (whose moussaka came in a generous slab). the young man answered all of my companion's numerous questions re: the menu with knowledge and patience.
i probably wouldn't journey into brooklyn just to eat there, but i wouldn't be surprised to find myself coming out to the BAM and going to Teddy's as a side trip, more often. it's the kind of neighborhood place that makes you wish you lived in the neighborhood.