After 3+ years with my trusty, rusty Sony Cybershot, I decided to upgrade at long last to a digital SLR. The last couple of days of the year were spent stalking camera forums to decide on which one would be right for me. I managed to get my order processed in the nick of time and walked out of Adorama on Friday with my brand new Nikon. Naturally I had to take it out for a spin for brunch on New Year's Day...
Lawman, Little B, and I slept in fairly late on New Year's morning and then we proceeded to drag out feet getting out the door only at around 3:00ish. We figured by the time we got to The Farm on Adderly over on Courtelyou Road there shouldn't be a line. Alas, we were wrong. There were a fair number of people in front of us that also had the same sleep in late/brunch plan. Fortunately the restaurant turned tables over pretty quickly and they squeezed us in before their kitchen closed for break at 3:30.
I'd been to the Farm for brunch once before during warmer weather. We got their French Toast with caramelized apples ($9) then and it was so good I couldn't resist getting it again, this time adding a side of housemade sausage ($3). The French toast itself is rich and moist with crispier edges. The center of the slices had an almost creamy and smooth texture of bread pudding. It's sweet enough that you don't have to add maple syrup unless you really want to--that would be, as my dad would say, gilding the lily. The caramelized apples are lovely and tender. I do wish that it came with just a bit more apple, as you do have to ration and pace yourself to make sure that your last bites aren't sans apple-y goodness. The housemade sausage gives this dish a little more heft so it fills all those tummy nooks and crannies.
I love the very chill vibe at the Farm, from their friendly wait staff to their funky mismatched furniture. It's quickly becoming a fav brunch spot.
As for the camera, I'm just getting my feet wet, but I'm loving it so far. The Sony will live on as a back up, but I'm excited to see what I can do with my new Nikon in the days that come. Here's to 2011! The Farm on Adderly 1108 Cortelyou Road Brooklyn NY11218 Tel 718 287 3101