Iris Cafe's nighttime scene is cozy and charming, with friendly service and some quality ingredients. But some dishes need more technical attention to become all they can be.
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Vegetables can be incredibly tasty when done right, and yet when most people go out to eat, they tend not to order a vegetarian dish unless they're, well, a vegetarian. Here are 30 examples to make you reconsider.
Iris Cafe's new takeaway shop in Brooklyn Heights is like the best version of a neighborhood bodega. There's a deli in the back with sandwiches and salads made-to-order, rows of colorful drinks in the fridge case, and chocolates near the register. All of the products featured here are either locally sourced or personal favorites of owner Rachel Graville (and she has great taste).
Iris Cafe doesn't have an official brunch menu. The sandwiches and salads are available all day, but it's especially hopping inside the Brooklyn Heights nabe cafe during prime weekend brunching hours. Look on the framed chalkboard for the Smoked Bluefish Salad ($9.50). The glistening little pieces of fish from Acme Smokehouse in Greenpoint (it's their only local fish) are salty, smoky, and buttery atop a bed of lettuce leaves, hard-boiled egg slices, and roasted asparagus.
If there's one thing Iris Cafe's Rachel Graville knows her way around, it's a boiled egg on bread. So when it was announced she'd be curating the upscale student lunch program for the new Joe Cafe at Columbia University, this was good news to all uptown stomachs.
We love pancakes and scrambled eggs as much as the next eaters, but if there's one thing that really gets us excited in the mornings, it's a great breakfast sandwich. And there were plenty of great ones in 2010. Here are five of our favorites.
A cheddar-ham biscuit with a soft-boiled egg: how could this be bad? No big surprises, it's pretty perfect and available all day at Iris Cafe in Brooklyn Heights, which opened a couple months ago on a sleepy brownstone block....