|Fresh stradette pasta with lobster, corn, butter, and herbs|
|Duck pastrami with pickled cucumbers and onions, beer mustard, and triangles of rye|
|The olive croissants|
We also enjoyed the bread basket, especially the slices of buckwheat baguette with salted, room temperature house-made butter.
After our carbo-loading, we finally received one of the dishes that we actually ordered – a pepper and coriander rubbed duck pastrami with pickled cucumbers and onions, beer mustard, and some triangles of rye. It is probably Runner & Stone's best dish, with all the spices, pickles, and mustard coming together in bold harmony on top of the soft rye.
A baby beet salad with yogurt walnut dressing was fine but not spectacular; the yogurt dressing tended to overpower the more mild beets.
|The braided raviolis|
Another inventive pasta dish was a braided ricotta ravioli with tomato jam and basil oil. The tomato jam was essentially a thick tomato sauce with its full cooked-down flavor enhanced by the strong tang of the basil oil. The braided raviolis had a very interesting shape, which added to the presentation.
|Sea bass and monkfish in a lobster broth|
A two-fish special of sea bass alongside pieces of monkfish in a lobster broth somehow worked nicely. The bass was served crispy skin-side up and allowed you to explore the various textures of the dish.
The service made us feel welcome, helpfully explaining certain dishes, and offering our pregnant dining companion a refreshing grapefruit mocktail. (Every respectable restaurant should have a good mocktail available; it goes a long way with customers who are pregnant or who otherwise do not drink so that they do not to feel left out).
Runner & Stone also staffs various farmer's markets with their breads, including a relatively new Sunday market in Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The homemade pretzels are to die for. Use their baguettes to make crostinis for your next party.
Runner & Stone
285 3rd Ave (between President St & 4th Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Recommended dishes: duck pastrami ($9); braided ravioli ($15); lobster & corn stradette ($17); pretzels and croissants ($2.50)
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