Ventured into Brooklyn to use my Blackboard Eats coupon code at the Vanderbilt. Mapped out my journey on google maps, had a vague idea of where I was going yet when I popped out of the subway I still managed a confused look on my face and wondered: where am I?
I don’t know what I was expecting but as I walked down Carlton Avenue, from the 7th avenue subway station to the restaurant, I passed these quintessential Brooklyn townhouses with large picture windows, high ceilings, and tenants who clearly had a strong sense of style and design. I was tempted to climb up the stairs of one townhouse and snap a picture of this stunning bulbous lamp that screamed please stop and admire me (and admired I did). Thank goodness it was freezing cold and I was starving or I would have definitely overstepped my boundaries.
The Vanderbilt was warm – lots of dark wood and a great atmosphere (not too trendy, not too local, not too many first dates – just the right mix). It reminded me of DBGB – but less of a scene, lower noise level and easier on the wallet. I will have to go back to see if the menu is comparable in quality to DBGB. We ordered off of a set menu because of the bbe discount, and all five of us ended up ordering most of the same things (parsnip soup or beet salad, cheddar kielbasa and spiced warm doughnuts), so didn’t get too wide of a sampling of their offerings. The beet salad and brussels sprouts (that we all ordered because every write up about the restaurant suggested we do so) were stand outs.
I arrived early and waited for friends with a glass of “liquid gold” beer – just so when my friends did arrive and asked me what I was drinking I could say “liquid gold.” (Yes, I’m a dork!) A friend waited with a hot toddy, a popular order based on a quick glance around the restaurant. He was rather pleased with it – I wish I had asked for a sip. I’m not a beer connoisseur but I liked the liquid gold along with the beers in our pairings.
I will definitely be back just to be able to try other items on the menu that piqued my interest, like the blistered shishito peppers. Next visit will be in the heart of spring so I can walk the neighborhood more and linger around the windows a little longer.