Time to go out in the evening and be adults again! It’s always nice to have a conversation over drinks with your spouse that doesn’t involve legos and princesses, so last night Courtney and I went to longtime neighborhood staple Bar Tabac. It’s the same group who run Jules Bistro in the city, which is another terrific bistro you should try (if you haven’t already.)We’ve been to Tabac for brunch many times (its a good live jazz brunch – but skip the bloodies) but never for dinner. We decided to give it a nighttime go because we saw online that Stephane Wrembel was playing there. You may remember him from when we went to Fada, in Williamsburg… I swear we’re not stalkers. The music is just so damn good. Take my word for it and please go see him live!
On rainy or slow work days, I’ve tried to pick up Eve a little early from day care so we can spend a little time together. Lots of times we take bike rides (remember the Wee Ride?) or go to the park, but when it rains it’s hard to know what to do with an enthusiastic two year old. On a lark, we tried out The Painted Pot on Smith Street last week when it was raining cats and dogs.
I remember these places when I was a kid growing up on Long Island, but I hadn’t seen one in years: you get to pick out some kind of ceramic thingy (Eve chose a dog) and then paint it. They fire it in their kiln, and you can pick it up later on. Good clean fun! OK, maybe not so clean, but that’s one of the things that was fun about it.
Date night for the Shafers! We decided to try newcomer Battersby, on Smith and Degraw in Carroll Gardens. The two chefs (in photo) cut their teeth at Gramercy Tavern and Blue Hill, so I was expecting something amazing. I wasn’t disappointed! If Vinegar Hill House is the best restaurant in Brooklyn, then Battersby is hot on their heels. Tiny space with a great vibe and the food was outstanding. The menu changes all the time but for me the highlights were the short rib salad, veal sweetbreads, and the duck breast with foie gras tortellini in duck consomme. My wife’s sea bass was also pretty close to perfect. I haven’t had a “you have to eat here!” recommendation in a while, but guys, you have to eat here.