Picture a bed and breakfast tucked away in some resplendent village. Imagine the long, wooden tables and antique chairs that have a patina, a place brimming with conversation and character. Rows of cookbooks, steel-cut oatmeal in containers and bags of freshly-ground coffee. The fare is simple, yet flavorful and a line winds its way out the door. I’ve been to many of these sorts of places over the years, and never did I think I’d encounter one in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For the most part, dining in Park Slope (for me) is abysmal. Overpriced, bland food and a sea of the entitled. However, after hearing the buzz amongst friends and neighbors, I decided to make the trek to Get Fresh Table & Market.
An ardent evangelist for clean food, I was thrilled to find local and organic fare — the greens and toasted pistachios, the quag cheese that rendered my cheesecake silky and incredibly light — and meats that were humane and free-range. The dishes were flavorful, especially the Maccheroni and Cheese with mornay sauce and crumbled toasted crumbs (just thinking about it makes me quiver a little for the dish was a touch tangy and light and velvety all at once), and the winter greens dressed with pear dressing. The coffee is French press and rich, and although I ate a great deal (including dessert!), I didn’t have that unbearable “full” feeling and requisite nausea that comes with dining out in non-clean establishments.
The ambience is perfection, the bathrooms rustic and very clean, and the service, delightful. Bonus points for not giving me alien eyes when I relayed that I’d take snaps of my food!
So if you’re making the trek to Park Slope, I beg you to check out Get Fresh Table & Market on 5th Avenue.
Note: I’m using my new DSLR!! As per the amazing Amanda’s suggestion, I’m snapping in AV mode. Some of the images were in “P” mode. If you have any tips and tricks for operating the Canon Rebel XS DSLR camera, do let me know!