After a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, we decided to finish our day with a stop at Bar Corvo. This lovely restaurant, located on Washington Avenue, is run by the same folks behind Park Slope favorite, al di la. The moment you walk in you are greeted by an open-air kitchen and bar. There is ample seating in the rear and soon, outdoor dining under a wooden trellace in the backyard.
Bar Corvo is already a popular destination and the line started forming just before the doors opened at 5pm on a Sunday, so get their early. Like al di la, this restaurant also has a simple yet elegant feel. But it is the food that draws in the crowds.
The menu, created by Executive Chef Anna Klinger and Chef d' Cuisine Carla Martinez is comfort food at its finest from a simple salad of sugar snap peas and radishes to pan fried calamari in a sherry vinaigrette with toasted cashews. All of the ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible.
Pasta dishes include gnocchi with an oxtail ragu ($17), ricotta cavatelli with wild mushrooms and baby spinach ($16) and lasagna al forno with a bechamel sauce ($18). We bypassed the pasta this go around and focused our attention on main courses. The special of the day was hake ($18), which is similar to cod. The thick filet was perfectly prepared. It was topped with buttery bread crumbs and served in a bowl of stewed potatoes and olives laced with a few sprigs of fresh thyme. The duck confit, with its crisp skin, sat atop a bed of simple lentils, while a heritage pork chop ($21) which arrived perfectly charred on the outside, was a bit too rare for my liking on the inside. But there were absolutely no complaints about the braised kale and creamy polenta that accompanied it.
Bar Corvo offers just two desserts, and both are worth seeking out. There is a luscious pana cotta served with a thick layer of handmade caramel and mini sugar cookies, and what looks like a brownie, turns out to be decadent chocolate bread pudding with a dollup of creme fraiche on top.
Like, al di la, Bar Corvo caters to the neighborhood it serves. So, don't be surprised to see a mix of families, couples and hipsters all coexisting like one big happy, and hungry, family.