Since the post-Marty Markowitz administration has dialed down the hoopla surrounding Dine In Brooklyn, a handful of borough establishments have attempted to expand their reach via Restaurant Week, a bi-annual, citywide extravaganza of three-course $29 lunches and $42 dinners. Here’s a quartet of places where you can eat for a song from July 24th-August 18th—hopefully they’ll inspire other area eateries to follow their economical lead.
Leuca: Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality Group reliably involves their entire slate of establishments during Restaurant Week, and newbie Leuca is ably representing in Brooklyn, with an affordable three course spread of Italian Butter Beans with wild mushroom sott’aceto, Malfadini tossed with rapini pesto and sweet and sour peppers, and Summer Berries al Vino Rosso, with a scoop of white peach sorbetto on top.
111 N 12th St, (718) 581-5900, Williamsburg
French Louie: Enjoy French Canadian, Parisian or Down Easy cuisine at Boerum Hill’s Francophilic boite, courtesy of grilled trout po’boys, chicken paillard, mussels normande, duck confit and steak frites.
320 Atlantic Ave, (718) 935-1200, Boerum Hill
Benchmark: One of the first Brooklyn eateries to invade Manhattan’s Restaurant Week, contemporary steakhouse Benchmark will attempt to entice diners over the bridge with peach and burrata salad, cookie dough eggrolls cloaked in miso caramel and espresso gelato, and a 35-day dry-aged ribeye for two.
339A 2nd St, (718) 965-7040, Park Slope
Buttermilk Channel: Not only is French Louie’s big sib offering its own reduced-price promotion (expect dishes like Flatbread with charred ramps and huckleberries, Lasagna lined with eggplant and summer squash, and Banana Pudding pelted with salted caramel popcorn), they’re taking part in Restaurant Week’s first ever tasting series, by hosting a ticketed, $75 per person wine pairing dinner, with proceeds benefiting City Harvest, Citymeals on Wheels, and Food Bank NYC.
524 Court St, (718) 852-8490, Carroll Gardens