The seasonal American restaurant and bar opened late last year, but in just a few short months, Hunter's has become a favorite spot in the neighborhood and has found its place amidst Smith Street's culinary scene.
Co-owners Fernando Camberos and Angelo Schifilliti, two childhood friends, and their partner Michael Nee have transformed the space that was previously occupied by a Greek restaurant into a cosy 'lodge', complete with framed wildlife prints. The theme extends to the bar, which offers cocktails named "The Smoking Gun" and "Wile E. Coyote" and "Handsome Hound". (The restaurant's muse is Schifilliti's beagle, Hunter.)
The menu is created by Schifilliti, the former Executive Chef at Landmarc Tribeca and Nee. Many of the ingredients are sourced locally. The cheese, for example, comes from Stinky's next door.
Some of the must-haves are the Grilled Kale, served with roasted squash, puffed chickpeas and egg. Also try the fresh house-made pastas. The Papardelle is served with boar ragu and wild mushroom. And according to Peter Shelsky of Shelsky's, the Bourbon mustard served with some of the appetizers is simply amazing.
Pair your meal with wines from the Finger Lakes or with one of the many local craft beers on the drink menu.
Hunter's is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday through Sunday. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays.
And if you need a coffee fix, Hunter's now serves Blue Bottle 'pour over' coffee that you can order to go. (One word: amazing!)
Hunter's is really a welcomed addition to the neighborhood. Stop by and try it soon.
(between Douglass and Butler Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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