Oh! New York City! Fresh, flavorful, simple, delicious food is just so accessible! I love being able to dine at restaurants where the dishes are not only affordable, but the menus are thoughtful and wholesome. Bar Corvo in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is one such establishment.
Having lived in Manhattan for the three years that I lived in the city, I rarely ventured to the other boroughs. I know now that this was a mistake. On my last visit to the city, my college friend Cutie, a Brooklyn dweller, invited me to try out this restaurant located at 791 Washington Avenue, a few blocks from the Brooklyn Museum. My mind was blown! Dining at Bar Corvo was a delightful experience.
The dining room is small, and the restaurant does not take reservations, but we were able to get two spots at the bar, which also overlooked the kitchen. Watching all the food being prepared made me want to try everything on the menu, but we narrowed it down to a few choices.
We started with the Warm Farro Salad ($12) with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, red onion, hazelnuts, and goat cheese; and the Tuscan Kale Salad ($11) with Anchovy vinaigrette, croutons, shaved parmesan, and lemon zest.
For entrees, we had the Malfatti ($14), gnocchi made of Swiss chard and ricotta and served in a delicious walnut pesto sauce; and the Ricotta Cavatelli ($16), a pasta of roasted wild mushrooms, baby spinach, and lemon goat cheese.
Everything we tried was beautifully prepared. The meals did not have many ingredients, but the flavors were thoughtfully incorporated into each dish, which felt light and healthy, yet comforting. I was so impressed by the Ricotta Cavatelli that I insisted on knowing what kinds of mushrooms were in it. Our server (who was attentive, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the menu) wrote down the list of mushrooms for me: white beach, brown beach, trumpet, and enoki—yum! I don’t even know where to find all these, so rather than try to reinvent this meal, I’ll just have to go back to Bar Corvo. I highly recommend this gem in Brooklyn.