Olmsted

Restaurants, Contemporary American Prospect Heights
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Paul WagtouiczCarrot crepe at Olmsted
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Paul WagtouiczChawanmushi at Olmsted
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Paul WagtouiczFalafel at Olmsted
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Paul WagtouiczWatermelon sushi at Olmsted
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Paul WagtouiczGuinea hen at Olmsted
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Paul WagtouiczChef Greg Baxtrom at Olmsted
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Paul WagtouiczOlmsted
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Paul WagtouiczOlmsted

This Prospect Heights blow-in from Greg Baxtrom (Per Se, Blue Hill at Stone Barns). On paper, Olmsted’s partiality for hyperfresh produce isn’t exactly a distinctive quality, but its sheer dedication to freshness sets it apart. An urban minifarm behind the modestly dressed restaurant 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. Servers ask if you want to wait for a table on a cushioned bench in the backyard garden, with a cocktail and crayfish crackers, say, beneath strung lights—answer yes when they do.

Only snacks are available outside; the real good stuff is within the 50-seat den, such as a gorgeous bowl of charred-fennel chawanmushi. Baxtrom levels the dreamy, delicate egg custard with a crush of crispy artichokes and the umami punch of Burgundy truffle. Torn scallops—often discounted, usually discarded—are dry-rubbed, skewered and grilled until tender, the charcoal singe and pop of pasilla chile in the rub acting as a smoky foil to the summery pool of creamed corn and stewed blueberry that accompanies the mollusks, the pool itself a balancing act between savory and sweet. These are fine-dining ambitions wrapped in neighborhood-spot environs, where the most expensive entrée doesn’t exceed $25, impromptu happy birthday sing-alongs occur between strangers, and you can openly curse over just how fucking good a dish is. And it is.

By: Christina Izzo

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Venue name: Olmsted
Contact:
Address: 659 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn
11238
Cross street: at Park Pl
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5:30–10pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5–10:30pm; Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5–9:30pm
Price: Average main course: $23
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tastemaker

This place was SOOO GOOOD!! Wow we loved every plate. I went with one other person. We got the crawfish crackers to start. Tasted like a bite of a crawfish boil on a chip. The carrot crepe and the crab rangoons second. So fresh and delicious. The ingredients are grown in the garden out back. Then the schnitzel and the scallops as our mains. The tomato in the schnitzel was incredible. It also came with homemade ricotta that was awesome. The scallops came with this insane sauce over blueberries and corn. Never thought that combo would be so good and I loved it. It was incredibly hard to get a reservation, but worth the wait. I reccomend downloading the rezy app and setting alerts to let you know when tables open up. I was able to get a table at 7:30 on a Friday night by doing this! The decorations are so well thought out and cute. The backyard garden area is a perfect place to have a drink. Can't wait to go back.

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If you get recommendations from a friend with a background in culinary art, it set high expectations for Olmsted.

One of my ART - friends was back in town so I decided to take him on a trip to Prospect Heights for dinner in Olmsted.


While sipping on my cocktail with Yuzu, Vermouth, Gin and Sherry, I started to observe the energy floating in this convivial neighborhood restaurant. Knowledgeable servers explaining the colorful dishes to the guests, an eccentric but very nice bartender stirring cocktails, the passion in the kitchen was more than enough to make sure all plates were looking amazing.

This was a vision that had came to life and everybody in the restaurant was being a part of it - even the planters on the wall.  


The Austrian Gruner Veltliner turned out not to be the only thing we had in our glass that night. 

Madeira and a sparkling wine made us forget about the time. 

The garden was the perfect setting for the infamous S'MORES to finish an amazing experience. 


Professionals run this place. Every single detail matters and contributes to the atmosphere. 

When in Brooklyn, visit Olmsted. 

tastemaker

Olmsted has a lot going for it, besides just the food. The people who work there are awesome and genuinely friendly (Kelvin who works the bar is awesome) and they put a lot of thought into their backyard where people are able to wait for a table or seat at the bar.


The food is inventive and, naturally (pun intended), farm to table. I don't think any dishes really blew me away or that I would need to order if I went back, but I do plan on going back eventually, even if I'm not chomping at the bit.