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Brooklyn has changed what it means to be neighborhood restaurant

August 8, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
197 Adelphi St. Image © 2018 Google Maps photo
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Brooklyn has changed the concept of the neighborhood restaurant, according to Bloomberg News.

The site says the transformation results from the rise of a new class of consumers in the areas near Downtown Brooklyn who have high incomes and want something different than what they’ve experienced before.

“Thanks to diners’ increasingly sophisticated palates and acceptance of experimental cooking, neighborhood restaurants — broadly taken to be reliable joints with unadventurous menus — are raising their game to previously unconsidered heights,” said Bloomberg reporters Kate Krader and James Tarmy.

They give the example of Metta at 197 Adelphi St. in Fort Greene, where diners can watch chef Norberto Piattoni cook dinner over fire and which serves dishes like crispy lamb neck and redfish served over preserved tomatoes.

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“We wanted to offer food that is interesting and ambitious but also affordable,” Peter Dowling, a partner in the restaurant, told Bloomberg. Some of the new-style restaurants don’t even offer hamburgers, and many that still do offer them with a new twist, such as the one served with pimento cheese at Fairfax in Manhattan’s West Village. The article defines a neighborhood restaurant as one “that is not a destination beyond the neighborhood’s borders.”

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