Monday, January 17, 2011

New Year, New Name

2011 brought some changes with it as new years tend to, which included a name change for Park Slope brunch spot and market, Get Fresh. The neighborhood fav is now called Juventino, after the owner and chef, Juventino Avila. Luckily the name was the only thing that changed; the Slow Food member restaurant still offers the same delicious, seasonal, nouveau american cum mexican cuisine.

The amazing brunch is family friendly and also great if you just want to sit and read the paper, as the staff will not rush you out. The food can be as simple as eggs and toast, or as interesting as prawns and polenta with poached eggs. They also have a great variety of lunchy items, like berkshire pork belly with sweet potato gratin, home made mac n cheese, and a delicious winter veggie salad. The french press coffee (your choice of stumptown or intelligensia) is to die for, or treat yourself to a mimosa or bellini, or some fresh juice.

Come back for dinner and get a fine dining experience (we suspect this may be what Avila was trying to convey with the name change) without the exorbitant prices. One great change that did come along with the new name was the addition of wine and beer to the menu, and quite a list it is. start off with a bottle of wine and some beautiful oysters (another new addition), then move on to the delicious velvety broccoli soup. For the main course choose from a pleasantly short list of delectable entrees. Each sounds so amazing you will want to order them all, but the highlights, for us, are the roasted Giannone Chicken (an especially delicious variety from Montreal) and the Vegetarian Board (which sounds simple and is anything but). Wrap it up with the brioche bread pudding and you will not be disappointed. The whole way through, the servers treat you like royalty and you walk out feeling completely satisfied in every way.

So go there and eat, but do it quick because the menu is as sure to change as the seasons! Just don't forget: no more Get Fresh. Now.... Juventino!
370 5th ave Brooklyn.

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