BINO Brooklyn: NYC: Carroll Gardens
I really shouldn't go to Italian restaurants, but one day, when I was in a manic mood, back in my more frivlous Groupon-buying phase, I had purchased a $30 coupon (for $15) for this place BINO Brooklyn. I guess I figured I'd want to go to at least one more Italian restaurant in NY. Bah.
Why Italian restaurants suck:
-Everything is expensive but not necessarily all that tasty
-The whole "antipasti/primi/secondi/contorni" thing makes you feel like a young, out of place cheapskate if you just want to order 2-3 dishes for two people. And if you don't want to a minimum $12 glass of wine, for shame!
-Menus tend to be boring (though the reason I chose to get this Groupon was because it's an Italian restaurant that's doing its own thing a little bit)
-The lighting is always too dim for good photos:
|The complimentary bread and olive oil, which was really good|
|Another complimentary dish: some oily chickpea thing on some toasted bread, also really tasty|
|Roasted Beet Salad: chosen for the prosecco vinaigrette|
|Garganelli: with wild boar bacon, radicchio, pine nuts, white wine, sweet garlic and rosemary|
|Grilled Pork Chop: with braised savoy cabbage with onion and pancetta and tomato plum jelly|
If I'd had room for dessert and hadn't passed my Groupon $30 ago, I might've ordered the pumpkin cheese cake with espresso cream for dessert. As it is, I'll wait till October, pick up a pumpkin cheesecake from Trader Joe's, make some espresso cream, and make my own at home on the cheaper.