March 15, 2010

Brooklyn Supper Club: Armando’s

It’s Restaurant Week in Brooklyn (which in reality is more like Restaurant Two Weeks)! While I don’t always take advantage of this event, I just had to to use this opportunity to try Armando’s, an Italian restaurant in my little Brooklyn neighborhood. When I moved here two years ago, Armando’s had just closed after decades of being a Montague Street institution. It was replaced by a Spicy Pickle. I know.

But when the Spicy Pickle folded, Armando’s returned, and then some. The space was gutted, renovated and turned into the restaurant we have today. I can’t compare it to what it was pre-reno, but I can say that my dinner tonight was awesome. I would have paid more than the pre-fixe $25 for this meal, but I suppose I’m happy to keep some cash-ola in my pocket. :)

I met Sarah and Vani (my fellow Brooklyn Supper Club members) at Armando’s tonight and we were soon delighted by the little olive oil dish on the table.


That’s a Brooklyn-scape, in case you foreigners don’t recognize the landmark Brooklyn Bridge there.

Oh, and there was bread too, of course.


We destroyed it pretty quickly. I was so hungry I could’ve eaten a horse, but the eggplant rollatini appetizer was a decent substitute. ;)


(Sorry for the doctored photos—it was really dark in there!)

And for our main course, we all chose fish. Sarah and Vani got the salmon with pesto sauce, while I chose a filet of sole in a lemon-butter sauce, accompanied by roasted potatoes and butternut squash.


Sole food indeed! This totally hit the spot and made my innards all happy-like. I also had a taste of the salmon, so I can say with some authority that this place knows what it’s doing where fish is concerned.


Lastly, a wee bite of dessert. We had a choice of tiramisu, gelati or ricotta cheesecake, and we had one of each between the three of us.

Mine? Tiramisu.


And a good choice it was—I liked it best of all three desserts!

Armando’s is well worth your money if you are near enough to give it a try, especially if you can do it during Restaurant Week!

Do you have something like Restaurant Week where you live?


Anonymous said...

First of all, I die over those Brooklyn olive oil plates.

And also, that food looks too fabulous. TImes like these I'm glad I live close to nowhere.

Sophie @ yumventures said...

I love tiramisu! That looks to die for!

Christine (The Raw Project) said...

Mmmm, the tiramisu looks perfect!

Anonymous said...

you weirdly just gave me a huge craving for olive oil....i might have to address that with some snackage

Jamie Walker said...

I love restaurant week -- we have it here in San Francisco -- its the best!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

there was restaurant week in san diego and pre skylar, scott and i painted the town red...omg we had such fun :)

hope your nite was soothing and lovely :)

Gena said...

Sole was, FYI, my top top fave fish choice always! But my mom and I used to go to Citarella and rue the cost: Dover sole, especially, is so pricey! Anyway, it's a wonderful, luxurious treat, which I'm happy you enjoyed in the company of two hot women :)

Gabriela said...

Sounds like such a great meal! Can you believe I've only been to Brooklyn once?! For some reason, taking the subway through the river freaks me out a little!!

fitforfree said...

The food definitely isn't the sole reason to go back to that place -- the ambiance was quite lovely, too.


Had a great time, though!

Anonymous said...

Phoenix actually has some pretty amazing restaurants, but I don't know if there is a restaurant week!

Mo Diva said...

Oh Yum! I have been to traviatta on montague... def some good eats in that part of bk!
I love resturant week- great way to see what kidn of eats are hidden in your neighborhood.

have you ever been to DuMont on Union Ave in Williamsburg? Small menu, small restuarant but HUGE Flavors!

Diana said...

Mo Diva -

Sadly, I've been precisely NOWHERE in Williamsburg. I don't have a good excuse except that it's bizarrely hard to get to from my 'hood! Cain't git thurr from herre, if you know what I mean. :)

Katie said...

Yum yum! I'm going next week to PO!!!! So feraking excited.

sophia said...

The food sounds magnificent...but why is the lighting so horrible? Why must they rob us readers from the pleasure of soaking in every detail of the lovely food? lol. Aren't I fussy?

Aii, what is wrong with Spicy Pickle? personally, I think I would have been really intrigued! ;)

Joanne said...

I need to check out Armando's apparently! That food looks delicious. I wish I had time to try out Brooklyn's restaurant week....I don't get out there enough.

Tiramisu - good choice. It is the ULTIMATE dessert.

Elina said...

I had a great restaurant week dinner last night. Blogged about it this morning (to be posted in the afternoon) and finished it with the same exact question. Funny. Great minds think alike I guess ;)
Armando's looks fantastic!

Nutritiousfoodie said...

We do have resturant week here in Houston it is usually in August. We normally don't partake. last year though on our anniversary we accidently went to one of the resturants on the list... and were disapointed with the poor service at one of the finner resturants.

melissa (fitnessnyc) said...

that looks delish! I really enjoyed your horse/eggplant joke. You made the kinder choice.