Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gwynnett St.

This past summer I found myself venturing into Brooklyn more and more.  Surprisingly, it's not as far as I thought!  

Located in Williamsburg, Gwynnett St. offers some great modern American food.  The food (and drinks!) were delicious and the atmosphere was lovely.  When I first walked in, I was struck by the warm and welcoming ambiance - dark wood, brick walls, candles, and delicate flowers on the tables.  

Gwynnett St. [photo courtesy of Gwynnett St.]
You can order a la carte or they also offer a Chef's Selection Tasting Menu for $85.  We ordered a la carte, but the table next to us had the tasting menu and I was surprised that the portions were pretty sizable.  I guess I'm so jaded by Manhattan tasting menu portions!  

One must-get staple on their menu is the Whiskey bread with cultured butter.  And yes, it tastes like whiskey!  Order it while you're settling down with cocktails while perusing the menu.  Maybe you'll forget you're consuming alcoholic bread, but then again, what's wrong with that?  It's delicious!  

Whiskey bread with cultured butter [photo courtesy of Bloomberg]
For an appetizer I started out with a fresh pea shoot salad.  It was delightfully summery.  I loved that it paired so well with the warm weather and it looked beautiful.  Though I'm a serious veggie-lover, I did feel that the ingredients all together tasted too 'green'/raw for my liking.  That didn't stop me from eating it all up though!  It was very creative. 

Pea shoot salad

For our entrees we ordered the Steak and the Ash-rubbed Chicken.   The steak was juicy on the inside but had a nice char on the outside.  The sauce complemented it well but was not overpowering at all.  

Have you ever heard of ash chicken? I hadn't, but one bite in and you'll wonder why this is the first time you're eating it.  The chicken is marinated and rubbed with hay ash which makes it so so tender and juicy.  My dining companion commented it was one of the best-prepared chicken he has ever had.  Impressive comment (because he eats a lot)!

Steak with leeks

Ash-rubbed Chicken
Important to note is the menu changes seasonally.  I visited during the middle of summer so some dishes my party had are no longer on the menu, but there are some great new inventive dishes to try!  

We were surprised by the creativity and sophistication of the cuisine at Gwynnett St. but loved the down-to-earth atmosphere.  It's a true gem in Williamsburg and I highly recommend it.  I can't wait to return.

Be sure to head out to the neighborhood a little early and take advantage of some great spots close by for pre-dinner drinks and snacks.  I'll post some recommendations soon so check back.  In the meantime, let me know if you go and try new dishes!

Piggy says yes!

Reservations recommended (available via OpenTable)

Gwynnett St.
312 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Piggy KL

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