Colonie

Restaurants , American Brooklyn Heights
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Colonie
Four veterans of Public are behind this seasonal American restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. Paying heed to the current barnyard-chic aesthetic, the rustic eatery showcases a vertical herb garden, grown on a wall dividing the bar and dining areas. The short menu features simple fare, like charcuterie, cheese and raw-oyster platters, and chef Andrew Whitcomb dispatches more composed dishes, including oysters baked with Worcestershire sauce, bacon and parsley, from a white-tiled open kitchen. Locavores will be pleased by the drink offerings, focused on regional beers, seasonal cocktails and five wine taps pouring selections exclusively from New York vintners.
Venue name: Colonie
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Address: 127 Atlantic Ave
New York
11201
Cross street: between Clinton and Henry Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5:30pm-midnight; Fri 5:30pm-1am; Sat 11am-3pm, 5pm-1am; Sun 11am-3pm, 5pm-midnight
Transport: Subway: F, G to Bergen St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Gabrielle R

The service here is superb and the atmosphere is even better.  The high ceilings and open kitchen makes this small space feel warm and welcoming.  The drinks here are amazing especially the cucumber one.  For dinner I had the pasta with shrimp.  It was good but lacked flavor.  I look for distinctive flavors in my food and didn't get that from this dish. I definitely will be going back.

Carla S

They put fried eggs on their burgers here. And have baskets of donuts on the menu. Do I need to keep going? It's bright and airy and a lovely place for weekend brunch or (my fave) Sunday dinner. 

Christa Sully
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In a neighborhood that's surprisingly lacking good restaurants, Colonie is a nice surprise.


You might pass this place up if you didn't know where to look and my date mentioned he would've walked right by it, because he thought it was a diner (I disagree with the diner part), but after walking in, the full wood ceilings, warm lighting  and ample bar space make you happy you came. And that's before sitting down. 


There's a full open kitchen in the back, which was where we sat, and I definitely recommend it if you want some extra entertainment with your dinner and don't mind a little heat from the kitchen. Our waitress didn't care that we bombarded her with questions, and I'm glad we did, because otherwise we would've missed out on the carrots, cauliflower and burger (I would order all three again). Portion sizes are much bigger than I was expecting, so you're getting a lot for your money. The crackers they served with our cheese course were awesome, but make sure you ask for extra.


Though this isn't a mind-blowing meal, I think it's still worthy of four stars because they do everything right and I would not only come back, but I'd be happy recommending it to other people as well. Definitely looking forward to trying a cocktail (or two) next time. 

M.

Solid 4 stars for brunch (may be a 4.5 on next visit)

For some reason the menu just never intrigued us enough to stop in Colonie; however, when in desperate need of brunch and not wanting to walk any further I finally took the plunge.  


Despite being packed a table freed up and we were squeezed in.  Tables are tight and it is insanely loud so don't expect to have much of a conversation with whoever you are with, but nonetheless, it has a good vibe. 

Our waitress was awesome (Kristin I think) and really set the tone for meal.  She was really good at answering questions with not just an answer but guidance.  When my wife was curious about the iced coffee she said it was awesome and "came from a keg". Sure enough it arrived looking like a beer and was perfection.  Strong but not too strong and not too bitter. 


We went with the eggs Benedict on biscuits and and the duck hash.  

Presentation was perfect and the dishes looked impressive and were a generous portion size.  

The eggs Benedict was very good but the biscuits were seriously under cooked.  I am sure they would have swapped out, but we decide to just eat as was. 


The duck hash was the real standout. Great flavor and a ton of duck. In the end we ended up splitting our dishes as they were the perfect combination together.  A little duck over the hollandaise was delightful as was mixing in with the hash. We are definitely getting this combo again and just splitting from beginning. Only criticism of hash is that they need to give you two eggs.  One is not enough and leaves the hash dry in the end. 


Of course we so wanted the basket of made to order donuts but will have to save for next trip....