Location: Prospect Heights
Occasion: Brunch on a date en route to the Brooklyn Museum to see the Ron Mueck exhibition
Cocktail(s): Bloody Mary - On the spicy side for a first beverage of the day, so be sure to have the water ready.
Entree: French Toast with carmelized apples and bananas was perfectly prepared and a perfect melding of flavors. Also on the table (or, in the air of disclosure, at the bar as we didn't want to wait for a table on the busy Sunday) was the rueben benedict. Being a little phobic of poached eggs, they never touched my lips but they were reported to be perfect, which is a science when it comes to poaching. (The (unfrightening) roasted potatos were quite yummy too.) A must is the side of thick crispy bacon.
Service: Yet again another Brooklyn semi-hipster restaurant with no attitude. The hostess informed us of a ten to fifteen minute wait for a table, but quickly offered the bar. Sometimes when eating at the bar it is apparent that the bartender would much prefer just making drinks, but in this case he was all smiles and knew the menu like the back of his hand.
Atmosphere: There is a bit of a gothic air as you walk through the heavy curved wooden doors. The interior is very much a step back in time with an authentic antique bar. At first glance you could be in a bar (which Beast is by night) or in an old-time eatery with a gothic twist. The back dining room is more family style. The only thing that seemed out of place was the bathroom with was oddly clean and Restoration Hardware-y.
Pricing: Less than $15 each for very hearty portions.
Rating: "Yeah, so totally".
Image from CityNoise.org.