Brooklyn keeps its cool vibe by continually updating the landscape. The constant flux of restaurants and entertainment keeps our community vibrant and one of my favorite things about where I live is getting the chance to explore. My latest adventure was for a dinner with a view at Estuary in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is an amazing and dynamic outdoor area. Piers and greenspaces stretch from DUMBO to Boerum Hill providing visitors with stunning views of lower Manhattan as well as a chance to reconnect with nature. In all there are 85-acres to explore along the East River in New York City.
We moved to DUMBO in 2005 and it's been pure joy seeing the park flourish since the opening over ten years ago. Restaurants have been a welcome addition to the outdoor scene. One of the newest, Estuary, has a splendid space located on Pier 5.
The indoor/outdoor flow of the restaurant makes it a favorite for catching a sunset or lingering over brunch. Families and dogs love scoring outdoor tables to spread out and enjoy. Inside, there's plenty of seating along the windows and a welcoming bar.
What to Order
I brought my BFF along for kid-free drinks and dinner. It was the perfect time to reconnect since both of us have kiddos at sleepaway camp. We started with wonderful cocktails (The Pier 5 Lemonade and a Spicy Paloma-rita) and a dozen oysters on the half shell. The Wellfleet oysters were perfection and came with a trio of sauces. While we both loved the spicy one, the classic mignonette was our favorite.
Next up was a few pastas to sample. Chef prepared us a delightful truffle and mushroom tagliatelle that bowled us over with its intriguing textures and flavors. I will heartily also suggest the lighter summer pasta with yellow tomato sauce, fava beans, bread crumbs --it's called the Lemon Ricotta Cappeletti.
Since I rarely make red meat at home, I was tempted by the special Steak-frites. Mine was done to medium rare perfection with crisp frites and a lively green salad topped with fennel (where are my fennel fans?).
Overall, expect excellent bistro fair with emphasis on fresh ingredients and local/seasonal influence.
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Even if you feel satisfied, don't miss out on the macarons. Order the dessert trio of house-made goodies to top off a perfect meal.
If you love wine, you'll have some fun with the options here. When dining out, I'm always game for something new and love getting new wine recommendations. Domaine des Maravilhas was a discovery shared by the team at Estuary. The bio-dynamic wine is sailed over from France to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The red Côtes du Rhône was perfect for summer. Not too intense, but enough richness to stand up to the steak and enhance the flavors perfectly.
The service is friendly and well-paced. It was especially nice to see other couples with tots and doggie pals getting loads of extra TLC like water bowls for the four-legged friends and extra napkins for messy kiddos.
Plan your Visit to Estuary
Use Resy to book your table or try your luck with a walk-in. The restaurant is located just outside Pier 5 in the park by the marina. 159 Bridge Park Drive, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 521-6744. www.estuarybrooklyn.com
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After your dinner, be sure to stroll the piers and check out the Estuary dock. Have your own boat? Visitors can work with the dock master to book a spot for a few hours or an overnight. It's also home to a terrific sailing school. Get more information here one15brooklynmarina.com
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