By offering a sesame-crusted halibut garnished with guacamole and pickled papaya, the chef isn’t sticking too closely to the standard Mediterranean idiom. Still, standard Italian dishes predominate: Breaded veal comes pounded flat, stretched wide across the plate with an arugula salad heaped on top; pasta dishes like spaghetti with white clam sauce are tasty. Zucchini slices make a tender wrapper for warm goat cheese, and a wonderfully intense seafood broth is adorned with one gigantic prawn. The small twin dining rooms are simple and comfortable but, if you can, grab a table out front and pretend you’re dining on the Adriatic rather than Atlantic Avenue.
Café del Mar
|Venue name:||Café del Mar||Contact:|
311 Henry St
|Cross street:||at Atlantic Ave|
|Transport:||Subway: R to Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V|