Cool Places: 606 R&D
June 12, 2012 § 1 Comment
I know what you are thinking: Do the people of Brooklyn do anything but make their own pickles and open new, farm-to-table restaurants? Logic dictates that the answer is “sure” (yoga, for instance), but I do get the feeling that it is one of the area’s main activities. Every day something else seems to be pop up and beg for my tummy’s attention. While I don’t have time to cover them all, I did want to make note of 606 R&D, which opened in January by two City Bakers alumni, Ilene Rosen and Sara Dima.
While the name’s origins are rather easy to decipher, I very much appreciate that it isn’t yet another one of those one word places that are meant to convey coolness through cuteness. (That said, I love the hot dogs at Bark and everything at Larder…and Franny’s…) I also very much appreciate the toned down vibe. The place feels like a well-curated but relaxed friend’s house…especially at the bar, where the hooch (did I just write that?) is kept in a long, tall vintage breakfront, which just happens to be next to a donut machine. The good-but-not-trying-to-hard music adds to the overall feel that this is a place to hang for a while…
The food is — you guessed it — pretty much American farm-to-table. Delicious and interesting, without foam or anyone using a torch at your table. They also keep Kombucha on tap…I know this is a polarizing beverage, but I love it and that made me dig R&D even more.
Did I mention the donuts? These pretty much kick Enterman’s a**.
And then there is the excellent “Sunday Supper”, where you and your friends can go and pretend that someone you know cooked dinner that night, like roasted chicken with a big green salad and a side of mac and cheese. (And donuts.)
Have I mentioned that this place is teeny? It is, so you might have to wait for a table, but don’t let that deter you. Put down your name, go up the street to Vanderbilt (another place to try for a meal, too…delish), have a great cocktail and then come on back for a satisfying and homey meal.
606 Vanderbilt Avenue (between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place)
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
(Photos: Some Cozy Night, post cocktail, I believe.)