|Arugula pizza at Gristmill|
Happy hour menus get butts in seats at bars but eating early is often anathema to New Yorkers. Sure, there are pre-theater menus but many of us would never deign to make an early dinner reservation.
|Sugar snap peas|
For whatever reason, Gristmill, which opened at the same time as a couple of other highly touted Brooklyn restaurants, hasn't gotten the same press. But it deserves it. The wood-fired oven turns out excellent pizza crusts and breads.
|Cucumber and yogurt|
We also shared sugar snap peas, enliven by edible violets.
|Kale and potato pizza|
And we still had our third course.
That night, the desert options were a blackberry buttermilk pie and chocolate cake. There may have been another choice but I stopped reading at these. Our waiter packed up a slab of each, and we had dinner for the next night, too, with dessert.