Dine-in Brooklyn is Brooklyn's own version of Restaurant Week and features countless restaurants in each neighborhood for cheap eats: 3 course meals for $20.10 for lunch, $25 for dinner. So not only is the price point better than NYC Restaurant Week, the duration is better too! All restaurants participate during the ten days - including a weekend, which is a total score for a work traveler like myself.
One of the clear winners among the options was Petite Crevette in Carroll Gardens; not only is it located in Thanan's future home neighborhood (he wishes!), it also has a stellar Yelp reputation. I enlisted my trusty crew of eaters: Anne, Ish and Thanan, to check it out with me.
|The motley crew: Anne, Thanan and Ish!|
Visiting Petite Crevette will make you use all the words you see employed in Craigslist small apartment ads: cozy, quaint, and charming. Petite Crevette is definitely all of those, and upon arriving at 7p on Saturday, the house was full, and we had to wait ever so patiently for a table to clear up.
|If your friends are also social media experts, you can watch them check in on Facebook and Foursquare during the wait.|
The other part of the wait will involve you staring at the chef through the window. You will be amazed at their tiny kitchen, how ridiculously good everything looks, especially the soft shell crab and the whole fish. You may drool a little bit too, and the chef may take note, but he will understand.
|Cute restaurants offering BYOB can be so fun!|
|This bread represents serious love at first bite. Soft, pliant and studded with delicious sesame seeds.|
|Fried oysters. They come 4-6 per order depending on the size. We received five. The batter was crunchy, slightly thick, and the oysters were fair-sized and plump. It was good, but the batter overpowered the oyster flavor for me.|
|Dine-in Brooklyn appetizer option: tuna carpaccio. Anne was pleased and happy and didn't talk to us once while eating this plate.|
|Dine-in Brooklyn appetizer option: seafood chowder. Thick, flavorful broth with chunks of fish and vegetables. A nice, warm prelude to the meal.|
|Special of the day: soft shell crab served with the vegetables of the day: mashed potatoes, lightly sauteed julienned carrots and zucchini.|
|Anne had another Dine-in Brooklyn entree option: seafood curry which came with mussels, fish and other seafood in a coconutty curry. The third loaf of bread definitely came in handy to soak up the deliciously rich sauce.|
|The other special of the day: grilled red snapper. We each flaked off pieces of the fish, and marveled at its wonderfully smokey flavor. The fish was simply grilled and drizzled with a bit of lemon and yet was perfect. So fresh. So flavorful.|
|The food was so good, even Anne offered to help Ish finish his plate.|
|Another good self-sacrificing samaritan at the table!|
|Other strange things the good food will make you do: make faces like this in public as you're attacking beautifully fried soft shell crabs.|
|The flourless chocolate cake was so dense, thick, and rich. Blanketed in an equally luscious, not quite whipped but fluffy heavy cream. Each bite just felt right.|
At the end of the meal, we all were so...happy. It might have been the two bottles of wine talking or how warm and comfortable we were feeling in the cozy corner of the restaurant, but we all were just so satisfied with everything. Granted, the service at Petite could be a little more prompt and attentive, and I am not sure why every protein is topped with tomatoes and capers, but hey, let's let bygones be bygones. Petite Crevette is definitely a neighborhood gem that is worth a visit!
144 Union Street NY 11231-2908