The Farm on Adderley, Where Food, Community and Conscience Come Together (Brooklyn)
There’s nothing I love more than perfectly cooked fries. Slivers of potato that are golden and crispy on the outside, and just soft enough on the inside. Located in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park South (follow Flatbush Ave for as long as you can…and then go further) is a hip locally-owned restaurant that not only makes some of the best fries I’ve had in ages, but it also creates delectable dishes you’d be foolish to pass up.
The Farm on Adderley is a socially conscious and community driven affair where the focus is on local farmers and entrepreneurs, and creating mouthwatering food that’s made with (often) organic and seasonal ingredients. The place is cozy and will draw you in from the outset, what with large exposed-brick walls and an idyllic garden area, it’s the type of place where you can spend hours enjoying the food or schmoozing with friends.
Perhaps doing a little bit of both.
The Farm’s seasonal menu is all about the use of locally sourced items to create plates like pan-roasted fluke, the half pastured chicken, zucchini blossoms, pole bean salad and roasted summer squash. If you have children in tow there’s a separate menu featuring healthy options that any young person would go bananas over (organic hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and crispy tofu with sweet corn anyone).
The staff are friendly and eager to help customers navigate the menu and zero in on dishes free of allergens or suggest those that can be adapted. I went with a helping of fries (of course) and a grass-fed piece of beef, while my friend decided to attack the bread basket and settled on a rack of lamb as her main.
They were the best decisions we made all day.
The food was nothing short of delicious. My friend went to town on the homemade focaccia bread, which looked so divine I had to give it a try.
It was good. Scratch that. It was great. It was so good I ate a whole piece and reached for another only to have my friend slap it out of my hand and scold me with a “you and gluten don’t agree with each other” diatribe.
Which is when she proceeded to snatch the focaccia off the table and pop it into her mouth.
Backstabbing-worthy bread aside, the steak was a treat. A perfect shade of medium rare, the beef was wonderfully juicy and tasted as if it had lived a good life. Then there were the fries, by God those fries…they nearly come on par with those of my favourite Belgian friteur, and if you know how much I adore triple-fried fries you’ll know that last statement is saying a lot.
My friend’s serving of lamb was enough for two and it was so succulent and tender it nearly slid off the bone. Accompanied by a helping of roasted fennel, it was a sight for the eyes and a feast for the belly. We enjoyed everything down to the very last bite.
Now while The Farm on Adderley isn’t the most central place in Brooklyn, it is worth the jaunt out to Prospect Park South. It’s worth the effort because of the atmosphere and the value for money. It’s worth it because of the organic, seasonal and ethical elements behind the place. However, if you find those reasons still don’t warrant the metro/car ride for you, well, just do it for the food.
Especially those fries.
The Farm on Adderley
1108 Cortelyou Road
Monday – Thursday: 09:00 – 15:00 and 17:30 – 23:00
Friday: 09:00 – 15:00 and 17:30 – 23:30
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 – 15:30 and 17:30 – 23:30