Henry Rich knows how to create a local neighborhood restaurant with an urban Brooklyn vibe. I love the way that Metta feels the second you walk up to the place. The huge mullioned glass windows that sit on the corner sets the tone for the place. A soaring ceiling in the front room cuts to a wood ceiling that takes the height down a notch where a bar hugs on the left side of that room and the open kitchen sits in the back with a wood fired oven. It feels like a warm home. Even the seating is tight which gets the community feel inside Metta. When a restaurant serves a bone broth bourbon cocktail, you know when a place that speaks to the times.
We shared everything. The bread here is really good. Coal charcoaled flat bread with a tasty bean dip.
Seed crackers with cheese and honey.
Slow roasted lamb with chili, pickled veggies on a piece of lettuce. A bit heavy handed on the salt here.
Veggies are the standout. Roasted carrots with a green sauce and a farmers cheese.
Roasted beets still in their skin with creme fraiche and rye berries.
Roasted chicken white large white beans and greens tossed with a citrus vinegar.
If I lived in Fort Greene, I’d become a regular. It is your neighborhood kitchen with friends to boot.