Thursday, December 2, 2010

Brucie 11-27-2010

Location: 234 Court St.

Feelings: Brucie is a new Italian market-restaurant joint in Cobble Hill with a daily menu and adorable website. I usually don't expect too much from restaurants on Court Street, but this one is an exception. With a warm and rustic atmosphere, it reminds us more of Williamsburg or Red Hook attitude rather than yuppie BoCoCa central.

Don't be fooled by the simple daily menu on the website. The flavors they bring are bold yet harmonious while utilizing the freshest of the ingredients. My "Housemade Tagliatelle with sweet corn, brussels sprouts, tomato butter and burrata" ($14) was simple and hearty yet embraced the wondrous essence of flavor complexity. The pasta was beautifully al dente, and the crispy and well-done, almost potato chips-esqute texture and flavor of brussels sprouts became a unique component of the dish.

RB's Spaghetti and Meatballs ($14) was no typical spaghetti and meatballs from grade school lunch lady. He could really taste the chewy homemade pasta, and a little citrus flavor was a nice addition to what could easily have been quite a basic dish.

The portions here are on the small side, but their flavors are surely big and bold. $14 for a small pasta dish is indeed pricey, but it deserves your monthly restaurant splurging. With ever changing daily menu, you might never get sick of Brucie.

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