Restaurant Review: Prime Meats
November 24th, 2009 by plumpdumpling

My best New York friend, Beth, loved Carroll Gardens when she first moved to the neighborhood but now may be regretting it since I found that they don’t make a bad restaurant down there. The most recent meal I forced her into was dinner at Prime Meats, which is getting glowing reviews from everyone, and deservedly so.

Prohibition-era decor is everywhere these days, but Prime Meats takes it a step further with a homemade alcoholic punch of the day and waiters dressed in suspenders and handlebar mustaches. Eater NY has some lovely photos of the place in the daylight, but when Beth and I visited, it was all dim chandeliers and tabletop candles. The staff was extremely cool but also extremely friendly, and the food was down home highbrow to match.

There wasn’t a single thing on the menu that I won’t be trying at some point, but I’d heard too many good things about the burger to pass it up. Mine came with melted gruyere and enough juice to perfectly soak the homemade toasted sesame seed bun.

Even better than that, though, were the Brussels sprouts with pancetta and croutons. The hunks of pork in it were almost as big as the Brussels sprouts themselves.

Beth went for the Weisswurst, which was a white sausage too ugly for me to take a photo of but which was served in a dish of hot water that kept it nice and mouth-scalding. Her fingerling potatoes with parsley and butter and salted dinner roll were much better to look at.

Admittedly, the entire reason we were at Prime Meats was for the olive oil cake I’d read about on Clinton Hill Foodie’s review. After having it and LOVING it at craftbar, I was excited to try another take on it.

Unfortunately, I hadn’t accounted for the fact that it’s apparently only served during brunch. When our waiter rattled off the three available desserts, I was like, “. . . but . . . ?!?!” He said he’d go back to the kitchen to see if any were left over from lunch and brought the single remaining cake to me on the house with an apology for its staleness.

Maybe I’m just overly zealous for olive oil cake at this point, but I thought it was fairly awesome. The staleness made for a nice little hardness to the outside, and the inside was still moist with lemony oiliness. The craftbar dessert was better on the whole because of the added pine nuts and rosemary ice cream (!), but the cake itself left me just as pleased.

I’m now accepting reservations for my next (imminent) trip to Prime Meats, so book your date with me now.

Prime Meats
465 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

6 Responses  
  • Underground Dining writes:
    November 24th, 200910:22 pmat

    Yum! I live in the neighborhood and still havent had the chance to drop by. Will definitely need to give it a try!

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      November 29th, 20096:17 pmat

      It’s such a joy and a curse that my friend moved there, because I probably would’ve never known how many great restaurants are in the area without her, but it’s sort of a pain in the butt to get back to the green train line to go home when I’m down on Degraw Street and have a belly full of meats.

      I’m so glad you commented just so I could find out about your blog. Hopefully I’ll see you at one of those awesome-sounding events soon.

  • Bachelor Girl writes:
    November 25th, 200911:16 pmat

    I will eat almost ANYTHING that contains brussels sprouts. My favorite vegetable of all time. I love those wee little cabbages.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      November 29th, 20096:20 pmat

      I wish we cooked (maybe you do but never talk about it?) so we could start an all-Brussels-sprouts recipe blog. And then we’d move on to the cookbook. And the Food Network show.

  • Manuel writes:
    December 8th, 20099:17 amat

    You should have tried the Weisswurst. First the sausage looks a bit special but the taste it great! And just to make one thing pretty clear: I’m not from the south of Germany where they are more used to these things ;-)

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      December 14th, 20091:26 pmat

      My friend did say it was delicious, so I’m sure I’ll try it during one of my future visits. It’s just very funny to be served a plain sausage in a white bowl of water.

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