A hidden treasure lies in the west West Village. Braeburn, a rustic, homey, and comfortable restaurant, accentuated by 150 year old tobacco shed wood and handmade mesquite tabletops, is a really good restaurant, that has flown under the radar. It is casual, yet elegant. The food from Chef Brian Bistrong is really well executed too. I stopped in for a little foodie tasting and was very happy with my meal.
A starter of Warm Smoked Trout with roasted butternut squash, toasted pumpkin sees, apple-celery salad, and brown butter vinaigrette was really nice, and a perfect welcome to the Fall.
Long Island Fluke with creamless celery root clam chowder, bacon, and early squash, was excellent. I'm pretty sure I saw a few pieces of lobster swimming in that chowder that took this dish to another level. Lobster is the Natalie Portman of food.
Creamless Trumpet Royale Soup with poached wellfleet oyster, and crispy potatoes, was a revelation. With fabulous flavor, a beautiful combination of mushroom and oyster, this dish was simple, yet complex. I loved this dish.
Breast of Long Island Duck with kohlrabi, wheat berries, duck confit, and prune puree, was perfectly cooked, and another fine "welcome to Autumn" dish.
Some knockout desserts like the apple cobbler, banana pudding, almond joy, and chocolate beignets, were fantastic endings, to a perfectly executed meal.