You'll find some truly mind-blowing dishes, like the clam-packed carrot crepe, at Olmsted. That’s the case with much of the Prospect Heights blow-in from Baxtrom (Per Se, Blue Hill at Stone Barns) and farmer Ian Rothman, who met while working together at haute-forage dining room, Atera. (Baxtrom was a chef; Rothman was the restaurant’s horticulturist.) On paper, Olmsted’s partiality for hyperfresh produce isn’t exactly a distinctive quality, but its sheer dedication to freshness sets it apart. Rothman oversees an urban minifarm behind the modestly dressed restaurant: garden beds provide Baxtrom’s kitchen with radishes and lovage; a bird coop coos with quails laying eggs; and a repurposed claw-foot bathtub sloshes with crayfish.
Whether you’re spending a day on scenic running routes, tanning on the grassy banks or even just visiting the zoo, make a pit stop at one of the best restaurants near Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s answer to Central Park. There’s a mouth-watering range of gastronomic options in the neighborhoods that surround the park, like creative Asian plates in Park Slope, or international soul food in Prospect Heights.
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