Oliver Strand, in his “$25 and Under” column in Wednesday’s New York Times:
Iris Cafe, 20 Columbia Place (Joralemon Street), Brooklyn Heights, (718) 722-7395, opened in November on one of the sleepiest cobblestone streets in Brooklyn Heights. Getting there is an excursion, or at least a several-minute walk from Court Street.
Despite the limited menu, Iris Cafe is a radical addition to a neighborhood where there are more gas lamps in working order than there are notable places to eat.
Strand goes on to praise the pastrami sandwich, the meat for which comes from “a Chelsea butcher so new-school, it lists its abattoirs on its Web site”; the ham and cheddar biscuit with soft-boiled egg; the yogurt; and the coffee, all of which have impressive pedigrees. “Such careful selection”, he notes, “comes naturally to one of its owners, Rachel Graville, a former intern at Slow Food USA and until recently the event director for Edible Brooklyn.”