There’s really no beating the spring/summer season when it comes to scintillating produce — can pears, potatoes and rutabaga really hold a candle to fresh peaches, heirloom tomatoes and sweet corn? In the hands of Brooklyn’s best chefs, however, there’s plenty reason to get pumped about the prevalence of root vegetables — and here are some of the dishes we’re most excited to try this autumn.
iCi: Grilled Berkshire pork chop with roasted purple potatoes and peach apple chutney, $28
It may soon become too cool to dine in the Fort Greene boite’s luscious back garden, but we’d happily hunker inside with this refined play on pork chops and applesauce. And who doesn’t just love a Technicolor spud?
246 Dekalb Ave, (718) 789-2778
James Restaurant: Black kale salad, $12
Kale may be painfully, annoyingly in vogue, but we’re still intrigued by this hearty, healthy composed salad — which combines red quinoa, smoked almonds, ricotta salata, and egg. We may be able to stave off those cold weather pounds after all!
605 Carlton Ave, (718) 942-4255
Henry’s End: Duckling with wild mushroom and lingonberry, $25.95
This dish sounds like what Christmas dreams are made of, but we have no problem eating it in early October. We also love ourselves a lingonberry, and are always happy to see the sweet/tart fruit outside of an Ikea.
44 Henry St, (718) 834-1776
Anella: Roasted chicken with pumpkin, maple and truffle oil, $18
Viewed as safe, tasteless and boring, chicken often gets the short end of the drumstick on restaurant menus — but we definitely trust this superlative Greenpoint joint to produce a perfectly cooked, autumn-inspired bird.
222 Franklin St, (718) 389-8102
Rose Water: Smoked quail with acorn squash $28
This doggedly seasonal Park Slope restaurant adorns their dainty birds with a cornucopia of harvest delights — buttery acorn squash, maitake mushrooms, Niagara grapes and — surprise! — kale.
787 Union St, (718) 783-3800
Frankies 457 Spuntino: Sweet potato and sage ravioli in parmesan broth, $16
We generally enjoy these in theory more than execution — at their worst, they taste like sticky sweet pie filling stuffed into gummy pasta shrouds. Can the Frank’s produce the creamy, spicy, but ultimately savory potato pockets we crave? Our best is a resounding yes.
457 Court St, (718) 403-0033
The Castello Plan: Diver scallops with cannellini beans, arugula, and a scallion polenta pancake, $19
This totally charming Ditmas Park wine bar offers way more than dried meat, cheese, olives and mixed nuts — we especially love the sound of these nicely priced scallops, topped with smoked paprika vinaigrette.
1213 Cortelyou Rd, (718) 856-8888
Northeast Kingdom: Autumn’s harvest farm burger, $14
This Bushwick eatery is known for self-foraging, seasonality, and kick-ass hamburgers, topped with mushroom duxelles, tobacco onion and Vermont cheddar. Of course, the accompanying duck fat-fried tater tots taste great in any season.
18 Wyckoff Ave, (718) 386-3864
Parish Hall: The Chapman cocktail, $11
Egg’s little sister is debuting a new cocktail menu just in time for Fall, and we can’t wait to wrap our mitts around this autumnal treat — made with Due North Rum, Laird’s Applejack, allspice dram, lemon, and apple cider.
109 North 3rd St, (718) 782-2602
Allswell: Apple raspberry pie with lavender ice cream, $7
There are always enticing options on Nate Smith’s ever-changing, offal-endorsing menu, but make sure to save room for dessert — we hope this charming end-of-summer pie makes numerous reappearances.
124 Bedford Avenue, (347) 799-2743