The Brunch Dish: Duck Confit at Flatbush Farm
Spacious and airy, with a beautiful back patio, Flatbush Farm is an exceedingly pleasant place to spend a weekend morning—especially given how tasty many of the brunch options are. What's advertised as crispy duck confit ($14) lives up to that claim, the skin as irresistibly fatty-crisp as you could want it, with fork-tender meat that's every bit as good. It's of a reasonable portion, enough to satisfy but not sedate, served over a well-dressed succotash that's even better with a swipe through the chipotle aioli on the plate. The sauce looks a bit excessive, but it's easy enough to ignore, of course, and comes in handy for leftover bits of bread or burger bun.
The ham, egg, and cheese ($12) is a savory take on French toast, those three elements layered over the top, a croque-madame combo without the bechamel. The French toast itself was a bit heavy on the dried herbs, but deliciously custardy all the way through, and gets even better with yolk from the butter-fried duck egg on top. It's the sort of dish whose elements really are best appreciated all in one bite. Egg on French toast might verge on egg overload, but I'm certainly not complaining.