Bar Tano

TRAVEL EDITION: NEW YORK

Best Place for Casual Conversation and Drinks

Overall: A-

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This Brooklyn-based restaurant builds an authentic Italian menu by creatively mixing a variety of fresh, basic ingredients. Each of the classically inspired hand-crafted dishes brings a twist to the charmingly rustic yet modern table. Bar Tano is as inviting as a close friend’s patio barbecue. Insider tip: Around 5:00pm you may want to sit at the bar for direct service, or order drinks and appetizers right after being seated. It can get busy, but the staff are always welcoming.

The lunch special, only $12.95, comes with the soup of the day, half of a panini, choice of chips or salad, biscotti and a complementary house drink. For vegetarians there’s the ‘Leggero Panini’ with smoked mozzarella, fig jam & arugula.  Also available for lunch is the ‘Pollo’ with grilled organic chicken, fresh tomato, caramelized onion, fontina & garlic mayonnaise. Don’t forget the jalapeño martini.

My all-time favorite item is the Choice of Three Bruschetta for $10.00. Why? Because you can choose from five different toppings (see recommendations below). There are both vegetarian and meat-y options. It’s easy to mix-and-match, which makes it an excellent appetizer to share with friends. Overall, the prices are fairly good for the amount and quality of food.

The cafe is located in the Gowanus/Park Slope area of Brooklyn. Nearest transit is on 9th street (D, N, R) and 4th Ave. (F, G). If you live nearby and are interested in delivery, place an order online at GrubHub.com.

Recommendations:

-Spinaci e Pinoli {baby pinch, arugula, fennel, dried digs, toasted pine nuts & balsamic reduction; can add grilled herbed organic chicken}

-Choice of Bruschette {Pomodoro with chopped fresh tomato, garlic & basil; Pomodoro e Prosciutto with chopped fresh tomato, garlic, basil & prosciutto; Fichi with goat cheese & fig jam; Gorgonzola e Noci with gorgonzola, walnuts & honey; Funghi with sautéed wild mushrooms}

-Rigatoni Tano {with sun-dried tomatoes, capers & gorgonzola sauce) 

-Salccicia Pizze {with tomato sauce, sausage, caramelized onion, smoked mozzarella, basil & hot pepper flakes}

-House Potato Chips

-Jalapeño Martini

-Bellini {made with fresh peach juice}  

457 3rd Ave at 9th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

718.499.3400

www.bartano.com

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