It’s been a long journey for Chef Nate Smith from after leaving The Spotted Pig to being the owner of his own restaurant, Allswell. Lucky for me I’ve sort of been tagging along. I first met Nate Smith in 2010 at one of the Pie for Dinner events at 4 & 20 Blackbirds, it was also how I met the Elsen sisters. He told me that he was preparing to open his own place but in the meantime he was cooking at Roman’s which gave me an excuse to try the place. Then in early 2011 he helped open Dean St on Underhill and we all know how that turned out. Though I did go there for a delicious brunch before he left. Then in the Spring time he started doing pop up dinners at Veronica People’s Club and Pinkerton. And so now fast forward to late 2011 with the opening of Allswell.
I’ve had many meals here already and everything so far has been damn damn good (and I’m not the only one to think so). Even picky eater, Howard, approves it (HA!).
Check out what I’ve eaten at Allswell so far after the jump.
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Even though I have traveled alone before I have always had friends whom I was staying with to hang out with. This trip to Seattle was my very 1st time traveling alone alone and it was fantastic. I woke up whenever I wanted, did whatever I wanted and went wherever I wanted. It was nice to go at my own pace. The lone traveler, sitting at the bar drinking and randomly chatting with other people at the bar. I need to do it more often, need to be more out of my comfort zone.
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On a random Saturday afternoon, I received a random text message from Howard asking what I was doing for dinner. I texted back, “nothing whats up.” He then sent me a link to brook • vin, a wine bar with small plates in Park Slope on 7th Ave. I said, “sure!” We met up around 6pm in front of the wine bar. I believe it just opened up since I never seen it before. We walked in and sat down towards the end of the bar. The look and feel of the place were typical of wine bars. The thing about me with wine is that I can’t tell whats good and whats bad. I can’t pronounce 90% of the names of the wine so I usually just point. When I do buy wine at the store I look at the pretty labels then the prices then the labels again. I’ll just say that they have a good selection of wine and the 2 that I got were good. The 2 small plates of food I can talk about. First I got the country pate, cornichons, with mustard seeds over toast. This was quite good. I love pate and the mustard seeds gave it a good kick. The mini pickles didn’t do much taste wise but gave a good crunch to it. I also got a plate of crispy pigs ear salad. *sigh I love pig ears but this was just so frakkin’ horrible! If you’re going to advertise something as crispy, you gotta make it crispy! Those ears were not crispy at all. They might’ve been crispy that morning or the day before but when I got them they were stale and hard to chew. So disappointed! Why why why why why? Urgh…so mad!! And the dressing on the salad was a bit too acidic for me. I’m always neutral when it comes to wine bars and brook • vin in Park Slope is not making me like wine bars more.
As you all know from reading Howard’s post, we left the place hungry. We went to 12th Street Grill & Bar, which we know was good. I got steak and frites there.
– brook • vin 381 7th Avenue, Brooklyn