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Greg Baxtrom’s Olmsted Offers a New Dining Experience
September 7, 2023, 1:09.58 am ET


Photos: Olmsted

Chef Greg Baxtrom is taking diners on a journey literally with every meal. An experimental tasting and prix fixe menu physically takes guests through each of Olmsted’s distinct dining areas.

Upon entering the Brownstone in Prospect Heights, the journey begins with drinks and snacks in Olmsted’s intimate “Library.” Think Peach Escabeche with serrano chili and fermented yuzu kosho, and Cherry Tonic with sungold tomato and olives.

Guests then move through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling forest installation into the year-round garden (one of Brooklyn’s most romantic gardens with new seating, lighting, tiki torches and potted plants) for the majority of their meal. Here diners can savor dishes like Kouign-Amann with hoisin mushrooms and sesame, and King Crab with Koshihikari Rice, corn, piquillo pepper, Espelette and sea urchin.

The evening ends with a sweet finish in Olmsted’s dining room, which is lined with a living herb and garden wall. Desserts include White Peach Sorbet with lemongrass, creme fraiche and shiso meringue. Guests are welcome to return to the garden for post-dinner drinks and Olmsted’s cult-favorite S'mores (served with individual coals, oversized homemade marshmallows and Hershey’s Chocolate).

The entire tasting menu experience costs $165 per person. The prix-fixe menu runs $75 per person while the a la carte menu exclusively highlights classic Olmsted dishes like Carrot Crepe, Kale and Crab Rangoon and Duck Liver Mousse.

Reservations are available via Resy, and as always, walk-ins are welcome at Olmsted. Guests may reserve or walk-in to experience just drinks and S’Mores in the garden as well.