Where To Bite in an Urban Barn – Flatbush Farm [Brooklyn, NY]

Flatbush Farm & Barn in Brooklyn’s adorable Park Slope neighborhood is open all year round. Whether you’re grabbing a glass of local Riesling in the rustic Bar(n), or sitting down for an elegant dinner featuring all organic, farm-fresh meats and mostly local produce, every meal at Flatbush Farm is LWB approved to be wholesome and delicious, and very vegetarian friendly.

But the best part of Flatbush Farm, at 76 Saint Marks Ave., is enjoying local Brooklyn bites while sitting in the backyard Garden on a lovely summer evening such as this one.

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Vegetarian-fed local eggs are a major staple on the Flatbush brunch menu - but they are an indulgent addition to this delicious vegetarian starter, too.

Vegetarian-fed local eggs are a major staple on the Flatbush brunch menu – but they are an indulgent addition to this delicious vegetarian starter, too.

Recommended Dishes: After doing a whole post on the poached egg, it’s no surprised that I’m such a sucker for the Poached Duck Egg starter. Large enough to serve as my main course, this dish featured some of the most exemplary seasonal ingredients. Fiddleheads – which are tricky to make and available for a very short window of time – whole soybeans, and marinated artichoke hearts were complemented by sweeter slices of bell pepper, onion, and local mushrooms.

The Not-So-Good Bite: Flatbush Farm knows how to take local ingredients and make completely delicious dishes. But in a few cases, I wished the produce had been left in a more natural state. The baby greens salad, for example, was a delicious starter. But the mushroom confit on top was extremely oily. Paired with the large portion of goat cheese, and sugary maple cranberry vinaigrette, the naturally sweet nature of the mushrooms and greens was overpowered. Reflected in the large portions, the Flatbush fare is overall a little heavier than the preferred Little Word Bite.

Even with the dressing on the side, this salad felt a little over-dressed, with the large goat cheese crumbles and oily mushroom confit. Not to be considered a light starter.

Even with the dressing on the side, this salad felt a little over-dressed, with the large goat cheese crumbles and oily mushroom confit. Not to be considered a light starter.

The Good Bite: The menu is packed with vegetarian-friendly options, including a delicious bowl of braised heirloom beans. This heavy dish is loaded with flavor – and cheese curds, and corn bread crumble, and charred greens. Order it as a side for the table, and pass it around in true barnyard fashion.

No one stomach should tackle this entree alone. But passed among friends in a backyard feast, this Braised Bean dish is a comforting, delicious complement to a number of Flatbush dishes.

No one stomach should tackle this entree alone. But passed among friends in a backyard feast, this Braised Bean dish is a comforting, delicious complement to a number of Flatbush dishes.

The Best Bite: There’s nothing better on a hot summer day in the city than to find a little retreat in the Flatbush Garden. In the tree-lined space, under a string of globe lights, eat Tofu Scramble for brunch, or end an evening with a refreshing scoop of Brooklyn-churned Blue Marble ice cream.

There’s never a bad time to stop by the Bar(n) for a drink, or enjoy a meal at the Farm. But Flatbush in the summer is the perfect time to experience the very best in sustainable fare, and the most delicious New York local food. Check their website for the latest in events, including live jazz music or bluegrass (whatever your musical-fancy may be) which you can enjoy in the Garden for the best little urban getaway in Brooklyn.

Until next time,

Melanie

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