Eat Café, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

We have a new local favorite. Eat Cafe, in Greenpoint, is good for our health, fantastic for our wallet and is also very indulgent of our wine habit. Get all the (English language) details on Tag: Wine or read below for some French immersion.

Pour être bien honnête avec vous, je vous dirais que non, le quartier de Greenpoint à Brooklyn ne vaut pas le détour si vous n’avez que quelques jours à New York. En gros, il s’agit d’un quartier polonais niché au bord de la rivière de l’Est, le dernier quartier de Brooklyn avant Queens, juste en face du quartier général des Nations-Unies.

Si vous avez un dimanche après-midi à passer à Brooklyn et que vous ne vous passionnez pas pour les boucheries est-européennes, non, Greenpoint ne vaut pas le détour. Si, cependant, vous êtes prêts à sortir des sentiers battus pour bien manger et que vous rêvez d’envie de découvrir le terroir new-yorkais alors oui, il faut y aller.

On trouve à Greenpoint un restaurant comme je n’en ai jamais vu à New York. J’irais même jusqu’à dire qu’il s’agit du meilleur rapport qualité-prix à New York. Toute une déclaration, je sais. Le menu y est très limité, et pour cause: tous, tous les ingrédients proviennent de fermes bio locales. Le menu change donc à tous les jours et dépend des trouvailles de Jordan, le chef propriétaire. Tout y est donc local, bio et, surprise, hyper abordable (lors de notre dernière visite, aucun plat ne coûtait plus de $8). En plus, on y apporte son propre vin, ce qui réduit évidemment l’addition.

Le local a ses limites et j’ai bien hâte de tester ce menu en été. En hiver, on retrouve évidemment énormément de choux, haricots, pommes de terres et champignons au menu mais la variété reste surprenante vu les limites que s’impose le chef. Notez que les jours de semaines sont surtout végétariens mais que Jordan prépare souvent poissons et fruits de mers le week-end, parfois de la viande rouge. Le prix impose aussi ses limites: pas de serveur ici, ni de menu imprimé. On choisi soi-même sa table et on consulte l’ardoise avant d’aller passer sa commande directement à Jordan, dans la cuisine. Verres, ustensiles et tire-bouchons sont à la disposition des clients sur une grande table sous l’ardoise et on ouvre soi-même sa bouteille en attendant que notre repas soit livrés à notre table. Bref, c’est à la bonne franquette et, comme le prix, c’est plutôt rafraîchissant.

Eat Café, 124 Meserole Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, ouvert du mercredi au dimanche de 10h à 22h.

Un conseil: profitez d’une journée chaude pour commencer à Williamsburg puis remonter Franklin Street, à Greenpoint. Vous y trouverez Dandelion Wines (153 Franklin), un superbe marchand de vins où les employés se feront un plaisir de vous recommander la bouteille parfaite pour votre dîner.

*Photo cred: Subactive Photo, Flickr

About Chloe254

Québécoise à peu près trentenaire qui fait de son mieux pour vivre bilingue, a Brooklyn et ailleurs. Si les bars a vins acceptaient les enfants et les chiens, et si mon chien savait se comporter en public, le monde serait parfait.

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