The Chef Behind Per Se Has A Cozy Cool Restaurant in Prospect Heights That We Can Actually Afford
Olmsted is as farm-to-table as you can get in NYC with its own backyard garden, set with tables for dining. The James Beard finalist has a veggie-heavy menu, but is packed with other ingredient-driven dishes too. Despite owner and chef, Greg Baxtrom’s fine dining background, including Per Se, this neighborhood restaurant is low key with its chef’s kitchen counter seating, living wall and woodsy indoor-outdoor feel. It's also extremely affordable considering its vibe and pedigree.
Afterward, head to another local spot - with a small backyard too - for a nightcap. Hops Hill, known for its great rotating beer selection, also boasts a decent whiskey range and lots of cider options. Hang out til late (Sunday-Thursday 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 4 a.m.) listening to good music, trying new drinks and if needed, having some pretty sweet snacks.
659 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
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