The Runner (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Dinner Clinton Hill
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 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

The Runner

 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

The Runner

 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Skate wing with squid at the Runner

 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Wild rice and acorn squash at the Runner

 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Spaghetti squash at the Runner

With a Walt Whitman focus to rival a freshman-lit course, this retrograde American spot takes more than just its name (a poem from 1855's Leaves of Grass, in case you dozed off during class) from the storied bard. Two blocks from Whitman's erstwhile abode on Ryerson Street, Court Street Grocers vet Andrew Burman scours menus from the writer's era for this wood-fired restaurant, dressed with pressed-tin ceilings and antique serving trays. Late-19th-centurydishes include bone marrow with apple-onion jam, salt-baked trout in caper sauce and cinnamon-spiced lamb shoulder, with provisions like honey popovers and offbeat ice creams (fennel, molasses) made in house. The booze list pulls from later years: Cocktails include Prohibition-era staples (Boulevardier, Bee's Knees), while drafts stick to brew newbies like Radiant Pig and Other Half, of which Burman is a partner.


Venue name: The Runner (CLOSED)
Address: 458 Myrtle Ave
Cross street: between Washington and Waverly Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri 4pm–1am; Sat 11am–3pm, 4pm–1am; Sun 11am–3pm, 4pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: G to Clinton–Washington Aves
Price: Average entrée: $20. AmEx, MC, V
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