As Jodi was part of an exhibit in Henry street in Brooklyn, I proposed to have dinner nearby and found Sociale, an Italian restaurant that has been opened since 2013 and serves a contemporary cuisine. The place is not big and has the kind of atmosphere that makes you think it is your typical neighborhood restaurant, an atmosphere that I love. Food wise, we were there for a treat; here is what we had:
I started the meal with a Negroni, a gin cocktail with a nice bitterness, instead of going with a classic Spritz:
For my appetizer, I went for the Spanish octopus that was very well cooked, not rubbery, sitting on a cannellini and garlic cream that added some smoothness to the dish.
For her main, Jodi got the eggplant pizza that was pretty decent: I would not go for pizza to Sociale because it has nothing extraordinary and it is not cooked in a wood fire oven so you do not have that sublime taste or char that these oven give, but still, if you do not want pasta or salad, it is a good option.
On my side, I got the farfalle al frutti di mare: these house made bow tie pasta were served with a white wine sauce and seafood like calamari or shrimp. There was not a lot of seafood, but it was delicious, especially that sauce that smothered the well made pasta. Definitely worth it.
We finished our meal with a tiramisu that was good and creamy.
So we had a great meal at Sociale: the food was overall good and I loved the atmosphere. This is the kind of place I would love in my own neighborhood...
Enjoy (I did)!
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Sociale - 72 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201