The Early Word--Brook-vin

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Courtesy Brooklyn Paper/Julie Rosenberg

This weekend, we stopped by south Park Slope's Brook-vin, the newly opened wine bar from the owners of Big Nose Full Body wine shop. (Owners who clearly cannot resist a pun.) The place is smallish and low-lit with a big wooden bar and the requisite pretty pressed tin ceiling. In the back, a teeny, closet-sized kitchen harbors one chef.

The globally-sourced wines are generally fairly priced--glasses range from $7 to $12. We liked the 2006 Higo Grenache from the Russian River Valley, and the 2006 Heartland Shiraz from Australia.

On to the food! I took pictures of the dishes, but the room was lit so dimly that I couldn't get a good shot. And I think it's obnoxious to use the flash and blind everyone, so you'll have to use your imagination. Overall, the food, by Savoy-alum Dave Townsend, is solid and enjoyable. But unlike some small plates places, where you can fill up easily, Brook-vin is really better for snacking than dining.

Best dishes: Roasted cauliflower salad with garlic confit, capers and anchovies ($6); chopped liver tartine (open faced sandwich), sprinkled with diced hard boiled egg and pickled red onion ($7); homemade bratwurst with roasted apples ($8).

Brook-vin
381 7th Avenue, Brooklyn
718-768-9463




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