As much as I love cooking for myself and my friends and family, I love going to restaurants. Too much, actually; particularly in New York, where dinner is not usually cheap. So I’m trying to curb that urge a little, but last night, I had a tattoo consultation appointment with the lovely Jess Versus in Williamsburg, so I thought we should go out for dinner afterwards, to celebrate, or something. We found ourselves in eastern Williamsburg, with a lot of good stuff to choose from, but we decided on Lodge, which looked great from the posted menu. I had no idea how great it would actually be!
We started with drinks – Darren got a beer, I got an Eastern Standard, which was lemonade with blueberry-thyme vodka. The lemonade was delicious, but I couldn’t really detect the blueberry or the thyme? But I think I was a little tipsy at the end of dinner, so it was probably in there somewhere. Total hipster bingo with that picture, by the way: mason jar cocktails with Instagram filters in Brooklyn! Sheesh.
We shared the grilled kale salad with homemade ricotta and figs as an appetizer. This bad boy stole the show. We both were absolutely amazed at how good this was – we both love kale, but this was next level kale. It was salty and smokey but still crispy and went amazingly well with the ricotta and figs. I could have used another fig (the menu said there would be red grapes, but I assume they were out by this time), but this was one of the best kale dishes I’ve ever had.
After that salad, I was afraid the entrees would be disappointing, but nope! I had (on the left, obviously) a vegan lobster roll, which was a daily special too tempting to pass up. I’ve never had an actual lobster roll, as my family wasn’t really fond of seafood growing up and I stopped eating meat before I was sophisticated enough to try it, but it was pretty delicious! There were chickpeas and beans mashed with vegenaise, nori, and lots of spices. It was served with Old Bay-seasoned fries and watermelon. So good! Darren got…some sort of steak? I kind of zone out when people order meat, to be perfectly honest. It came with fries, and a delicious salad with arugula, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, and beans. He was pleased, as well!
I knew dessert would be a mistake, insane quantity of food-wise, but I did it anyway. We shared a honey peach crumble with vanilla ice cream, which was excellent – not too sweet, crunchies on top, good fruit – everything that’s good about a crumble.
I know I’m going back to Lodge – I already have mental plans about what to order next! Highly recommended.