When Manhattanites venture to Brooklyn, they tend to think of Williamsburg, Dumbo for Smoragasburg and the Barclay’s Center. Rarely do we explore the lesser known neighborhoods, despite the great restaurants and beautiful parks. I admit, I am typically one who sticks to the traditional areas. So when my friend was having a going away party in Fort Greene, I took advantage of the situation as a chance to explore a new, unknown area.
Without a destination in mind, my sister and I stumbled upon The General Greene, an adorable restaurant located on the corner of Dekalb Avenue. The menu had a mixture of organic eggs and mains, turning traditional dishes up a notch. With outdoor seating on a gorgeous day, we were sold.
We snagged a seat on the outdoor porch, and ordered refreshing cucumber-mint lemonade with alcohol of our choosing; jalapeno tequila for me, and vodka for my sister.
On an extremely hot summer day, lemonade always does the trick. Cucumber and mint adds an another element of refreshment. The refreshing cocktail is turned up a notch with the kick of heat from the jalapeno tequila. This is the dream drink for sitting outside in the unbearable heat.
Playful brunch dishes turn the classics up a notch. I ordered the whimsically named Greene Eggs and Ham. I don’t think is what Dr. Suess had in mind.
Flaky, buttery biscuit absorbs all of the hollandaise sauce and the runny yolk. On top of the biscuit sits a crisp, slightly tart fried green tomato followed by the salty prosciutto. A perfectly poached egg rounds out the this ultimate breakfast. If Sam I Am knew that Greene Eggs and Ham tasted this good, he would never had denied trying them here or there, or anywhere.
Thick slices of Brioche are toasted until golden brown, creating a slightly caramelized crust. Sticky, sweet Cinnamon Apple Compote seeps into the buttery bread. Cooked apples and bright raisins add layers of texture. French Toast would never be complete without drizzling the Vermont Maple Syrup on top. This is bomb brioche french toast.
Gluttony was the name of the game for this meal, ordering a side of Cheddar Grits. The waiter told us this was his favorite side dish, and these cheesy grits totally impressed. It’s creamy, silky, and seductive. Eat them while they’re hot to get the freshly melted, sharp cheddar cheese throughout.
The beauty of New York City is the ability for Borough Exploration all on your MetroCard. It’s easy to fall into the same routine of places in the Village or Williamsburg or your local neighborhood. Especially in the summer, take the time to explore new places. Break out of your comfort zone and you’ll never know what you might find.
The General Greene serves incredible, whimsical food. Everything is cooked with love and care, turning simplistic dishes into something really special. It’s worth the trek to Fort Greene, and worth another return trip just for some more cheesy grits.
The General Greene – 229 Dekalb Avenue – New York, NY
The General Greene
Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY
Type: American (Traditional)
Perfect For: Chronic Brunch, Big Groups, Outdoor Seating, Neighborhood Hang, Borough Exploration
Reservations: Available via OpenTable
Favorite Dishes: Greene Eggs & Ham, Brioche French Toast, Cheddar Grits