New Yorkers, San Diegans flock to Brooklyn Girl

Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp
Walking through New York City brings hungry diners through a delightful maze of restaurants and street food stands: hot dogs, pretzels, pizza, Italian ice, dumplings, bagels and more threaten the strictest diet.

Now San Diegans can get a taste of New York in an upscale fashion at Brooklyn Girl Eatery, located in the heart of Mission Hills at 4033 Goldfinch St.

Stylish, yet industrial, Brooklyn Girl’s interior designers seemed to spare no expense in designing a restaurant reminiscent of Holly Golightly’s apartment. The pristine chandeliers that hang from the ceiling and elaborate bird cages tucked in corners provide a gorgeous juxtaposition to the reclaimed wood tables and vaulted, warehouse ceilings.

A 22-seat oyster bar opens at 5 p.m. daily, featuring fresh shellfish from both the East and West Coasts, and brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Whimsical item names – such as the “All Kale Caesar!” salad and “Williams Burger” – transform the menu into a delightful read.

Brooklyn Girl’s soup changes daily, but if you’re fortunate enough to be dining there while they’re serving up their golden gazpacho you’d be a fool not to try it.

Puréed golden heirloom tomatoes, yellow bell peppers and cucumbers make up the base of this cold soup before receiving drizzles of balsamic glaze and chili oil. Finally, the soup is topped with micro basil, avocado and tortilla strips, perfecting balance between flavors and mouth feel.

Daily changing specials are always worth a go, and one such example is in the Reuben sandwich. Layers of corned beef and cheese are slathered with Brooklyn Girl’s house-made, whole grain mustard within the inner workings of a twisted pretzel.

Bacon aficionados – or The Walrus and The Carpenter – will lust after Brooklyn Girl’s New York Littlenecks pizza. Littleneck clams frolic with apple wood bacon, fingerling potato slices, Brussels sprouts and tallegio cheese atop a pizza crust pillow, brushed with a light olive oil sauce.

For dessert, try the blueberry and lemon pie in a jar or the bread pudding served with a side of Crème Anglaise sauce. Neither leaning toward a mushy nor crunchy consistency, the bread pudding is a great way to end the meal at Brooklyn Girl.

This article was originally published by the National University Herald on Aug. 30, 2013. 

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