The Moxie Spot [81 Atlantic Avenue] has been open for about a month now so we thought it was time to go and check it out. Since the eatery is meant as a fun place for kids, BHB phoned up our kid correspondents to get their take on Brooklyn Heights’ newest neighbor.
Getting into Moxie is fun – its custom door is 3 sizes one for adults, another for kids and a third for pets (or garden gnomes?). The interior design with its copper tubing, pressure gauges and other industrial touches is a cross between Willy Wonka and Mario Cantone’s Steampipe Alley. There are TVs mounted on side walls as well as plenty of games and fun stuff for kids to play with and stay engage while parents munch on selections from the restaurant’s wide menu.
About that menu – not a lot in the healthy category upon first glance, however portions are not the gratuitously gargantuan size that you might find at other family restaurants. For our purposes, we sampled a few appetizers: thai wings, chicken fingers, fried tofu, nachos, chicken soup, grilled cheese and peking duck rolls.
The kids gave the ultimate thumbs up for their ages – 3 1/2 (almost 4) and 18 months – they didn’t hate it. As for the grown ups, we noticed that while chicken fingers came out “nuclear hot”, some other items were on the chilly side. We can chalk that up to the growing pains of a new establishment and it didn’t diminish our experience at all. As for taste, everything was pretty good. Not to mention that our very friendly hostess was totally amped that we had ordered thai wings, her favorite thing on the menu.
But Moxie is about the whole package. If you’re a parent and want a place to bring your kids, talk with other parents in a good atmosphere then it’s hard to top Moxie Spot. There’s an upstairs with an additional play area and tables too if you don’t want to be around the busy traffic on the first floor. Moxie also offers plenty of events and classes.
When I asked the kids if they were having fun they gave us a resounding “yes!” Then promptly went back to playing with other hip neighborhood kids and to thinking grownups (well at least Homer) are just plain goofy. We’re sure their friends (we’re talking to you “Gustav”) will want to have a play date there soon.