On Saturday I rounded up a band of peeps to scout a Cambodian restaurant in Fort Greene. This place, I've heard, is the only Cambodian restaurant in a 300 mile radius, and having a total ignorance of the cuisine, it was an immediate must-eat. The food was remarkably good. We got: a beef salad over vermicelli very much like the Vietnamese version, peanuty crispy noodles that were sort of like a pad thai/mee krob hybrid, fried chicken with a hint of lemongrass over rice, bean curd and noodles stir fry, grilled fish balls and fried fish patties, just like in Thai food. To be concise, the food was similar to Thai, sans the Indo-Malaya influence, as curry and coconut milk were absent from the ingredients list. Geographically, and basing this opinion solely on my eating experience, the food is similar to the kind of fare you'd find in eastern Thailand. The most interesting aspect of the restaurant, however, was its encoded menu. They basically took the order by numbers thing to another level, and you might be able to order a dish with the utterance of something like N22with SH and (b). They also make explicit their disregard for loittering customers. If you weren't speedy, they might ask you to pay a $5/person fee for sitting around. But knowing what we were up against, my compatriots performed admirably with quick-shot orders and efficient pass-the-plate, pass-the-beer teamwork maneuvers that would put a Japanese assembly line to shame. Nevertheless, I'd come back again, as there are many more dishes to be had. Bummer that 3/4 of the desserts are only "in-season" during the summer.
87 S. Elliott Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1508
There is a map available on this cityseach profile. Trains are pretty convenient (C at Lafayette; Q,2,3,4,5 at Atlantic Ave), but definitely print out the map if you are not familiar with the Fort Greene area.