Stylish Dining - 2 Stars for Olmsted, Prospect Heights

So how happy am I that in my Prospect Heights neighborhood, recently opened Olmsted restaurant received 2-stars from food critic, Pete Wells in the New York Times.  I knew something was up when I tried to make a reservation when it opened in May and the soonest time available was in July!

Once there it was plain to see why Olmsted is an instant hit: The inspired well-thought out seasonal, budget-friendly menu is farm to table, with some ingredients grown in Olmsted's own back garden.  This lovely setting which makes you forget for a minute you're actually in the middle of the city, does double duty as summer's additional seating area for pre-dinner and post-dinner drinks.  

Chef and owner Greg Baxtrom, brings a wealth of experience from leading restaurants Blue Hill and Stone Barns, Alinea and Per Se. Along with Ian Rothman, owner of a 10 acre farm and "the former horticulturist at Atera," they partner in their first joint venture.

Olmsted is a welcome addition to the neighborhood...659 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn - 718-552-2610

In true rustic Brooklyn tradition there's the exposed brick walls, bleached wood floors and Edison bulbs.  The living wall of plants is a nice addition

In true rustic Brooklyn tradition there's the exposed brick walls, bleached wood floors and Edison bulbs.  The living wall of plants is a nice addition

Carrot crepe with surf clams

Carrot crepe with surf clams

Spring onion Chawanmushi

Spring onion Chawanmushi

Thai beet salad

Thai beet salad

Guinea hen roasted and confit with ramps

Guinea hen roasted and confit with ramps

Back garden as romantic seating

Back garden as romantic seating

Back garden as mini working vegetable and herb farm

Back garden as mini working vegetable and herb farm