The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own! 

 The Brooklyn Tree in New York

The Brooklyn Tree in New York

What I love about Brooklyn is that there are plenty of restaurants that are true neighborhood gems, thinking more about giving back to the community than making huge profits. The Brooklyn Tree is one of them. Inspired by the book “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” written by Betty Smith, which is set in East Williamsburg, Chef Patrick Quinn crafted a menu with dishes that are a nod to the book, such as meatloaf, pickles or iced coffee. 

 Gilbert and Chef Patrick Quinn at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Gilbert and Chef Patrick Quinn at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Chef Patrick Quinn in the kitchen at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Chef Patrick Quinn in the kitchen at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

It is a small place, with a casual yet warm setting that is dominated by a painting of a tree with Brooklyn in the background.

 Dining room at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Dining room at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Decor at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Decor at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

We tried quite a lot of dishes and I admit that there was none of them that I thought was not good. Here is what we got:

For drinks, we tried their ginger mint tea, honey lemonade (you really get the taste of honey) and iced coffee that is inspired from the book and made with coffee from Café du Monde in New Orleans (it is a mix between coffee and chicory - in the book, as they have no money, they drink chicory as it is cheap). 

 Ginger mint tea and honey lemonade at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Ginger mint tea and honey lemonade at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Iced coffee at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Iced coffee at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

We started our meal with gazpacho, a perfect cold soup for the summer. It was made with heirloom tomatoes, english cucumber, toasted coriander.

 Gazpacho at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Gazpacho at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Gazpacho at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Gazpacho at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Then, we tried their cheese puffs that were spectacular! They were ricotta fritters served with a sweet pepper and peach jam. Not greasy, they were really addictive.

 Cheese puffs at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Cheese puffs at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Cheese puffs at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Cheese puffs at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Cheese puffs at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Cheese puffs at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Cheese puffs at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Cheese puffs at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Then was the tomato and cucumber salad. I was surprised about the size of the bowl as, for $8, it was quite big and know that it is not just tomatoes and cucumber: it has seasonal greens and crispy chickpeas with a tahini dressing. These crispy chickpeas were great, giving a bit of originality, as well as a nice crunchiness, on top of the one given by the cucumber.

 Tomato and cucumber salad at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Tomato and cucumber salad at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Tomato and cucumber salad at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Tomato and cucumber salad at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

With salads, you can add a side of meat or veggie loaf, or chicken. I decided to try their meatloaf, a comfort food that I rarely tried. It was served with a red pepper glaze that elevated the dish. It was delicious, dense, with a nice crust.

 Meatloaf with a red pepper glaze at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Meatloaf with a red pepper glaze at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Next were two sandwiches. The first one was something Chef Quinn is working on: a buffalo chicken schnitzel with sugar snap slaw (that can also be ordered as a side). It was succulent: served on a muffin, the chicken was perfectly cooked and moist. And I love the crunchiness added by the slaw. I just wished it was spicier.

 Buffalo chicken schnitzel sandwich at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Buffalo chicken schnitzel sandwich at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

The second one was their signature burger, made with grass-fed beef with aged white cheddar, smoked tomato aioli, seasonal greens and house pickles. The bread was also an English muffin. When you order a sandwich, you get a side and we got the sweet potato fries, served with an avocado ranch sauce that was a perfect pairing.

 Burger and sweet potato fries at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Burger and sweet potato fries at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

That burger was sublime: the thick patty was perfectly cooked medium, juicy and tasty. There was also lots of cheese and also some crispiness from the pickled vegetables. 

 Burger at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Burger at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Sweet potato fries at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Sweet potato fries at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Burger at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Burger at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Sweet potato fries with avocado ranch at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Sweet potato fries with avocado ranch at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

In fact, we also tried their pickled vegetables separately from the burger and they are a nice addition to a meal.

 Pickled vegetables at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Pickled vegetables at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

 Pickled vegetables at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

Pickled vegetables at The Brooklyn Tree in New York

I loved the food and atmosphere at The Brooklyn Tree: I wish I had such a restaurant in my neighborhood. Chef Patrick Quinn is doing a great job creating dishes that make you want to come back. I should mention that the products used at The Brooklyn Tree are sustainable, from local purveyor, surprising considering their reasonable prices. So, it shows that you do not need to over-pay to get sustainable quality food. 

Enjoy (I did)!

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