Before there was Michelin Star winning Dressler, before people went to Brooklyn for food, there was DuMont.
What started as an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant in 2001 is now somewhat of a Brooklyn dining icon. The food sits right below fine dining, and at the same time is far more sophisticated than your average neighborhood burger joint. It’s a business and flavor sweets pot that’s since been replicated many, many times in all parts of the BK. With the success of DuMont, the owners have expanded up-market to Dressler, and expanded mass-market with DuMont Burger.
Despite opening up online reservations to visitors of other boroughs, like me, some of seats are still reserved for walk-in locals. The bar area gets quite lively around dinner hours, so a quiet romantic place this is not.
Dressler and DuMont have developed quite a reputation for oysters, so it’s a great way to get started. Check the blackboard for today’s variety. For tonight, some Barron Point oysters hit the spot.
Going for the specials of the evening, the day boat scallops were beautifully seared, slightly translucent in the center. The delicate preparation stands in contrast to the heavy handed paring of corn and bacon. All together, it works quite nicely.
The beets and fennel salad was a pleasant surprise. Despite the somewhat predictable combination, the marinated beets added welcoming acidity to cut through the creamy horseradish.
Brick chicken, usually a favorite of mine, was nicely done but not as juicy as I was hoping. Gnocchi made the already heavy sauce even thicker. The other specials entree, a piece of seared cod served over bacon, was soft and flaky at the right places, but the seasoning was more aggressive than delicate.
Somehow thinking I could eat 2 entrees, I also ordered the DuMont burger. Despite being completely full, the burger truly is special. One of the better burgers in New York.
Over 10 years ago, DuMont was ahead of its time. Today, its a very good restaurant if you happen to be in the neighborhood, and the reason there are many great restaurants around the block.
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