Why Come Here? Solid New American in a casual setting, Quaint garden in back, Don’t have a reservation but have time to wait

Battersby, Brooklyn

Crystal Valley Chicken

Battersby follows the popular Brooklyn restaurant formula of the day: seasonal new American cuisine, a small space with rustic charm and open kitchen and service that’s casual, but friendly and informed. What helps set Battersby apart is the small but outstanding menu and the quaint, tree lined garden in back. I recommend getting there while it’s still warm to take advantage of this setting (plus there are only a few tables inside for when it’s not). They only take reservations for the tasting menu, and I’ve heard waits can easily top an hour at peak times (if you do have to wait, JakeWalk across the street slings a mean cocktail)

The limited menu is divided into three sections: appetizers (firsts), pastas (seconds) and entrees (thirds). The prices are reflective the high quality ingredients used, so don’t expect a Brooklyn discount here ($15 apps, $25-30 entrees). Chances are the menu will have changed somewhat when you go, but below are my recommendations. For more photos and reviews, check my DishEnvy page.

Dessert, Battersby, Brooklyn

White Chocolate W/ Berries

Crisp Kale Salad  The green papaya gives it a distinct Thai flavor and I always love crispy kale. A distinctive, refreshing start to the meal.

Crystal Valley Chicken  There’s a lot of flavor here, from sweet to salty to sour and the chicken is perfectly cooked too. My top pick from the third secition.

White Chocolate w/ Berries  My favorite dessert here. Rich, creamy almost pudding-like white chocolate with fresh berries. Phenomenal.

Battersby
255 Smith Street (DeGraw & Douglass Sts.)
Brooklyn, NY
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