Wall Street Journal Touts Bevacco

It’s been almost a year since Bevacco opened and lifted the “Corner of Cranberry” curse that has haunted many eateries at 60 Henry Street for years. The Wall Street Journal published a short piece on the restaurant this weekend:

WSJ: The residential brownstone haven of Brooklyn Heights is an odd place for a semi-traditional Italian restaurant serving rich, hearty portions for lunch, but restaurateur Peter Sclafani (Bar Tano, Provini, Bar Toto) is betting on good foot traffic from hungry lawyers on break from the courthouses a few blocks away.

Mr. Sclafani’s newest restaurant, Bevacco, is classic and classy, with a marble-faced facade, and a low-lit interior full of dark wood, white tile and heavy stone surfaces that amplify the 1920s-era jazz piped in over the speakers.

The food, created by chef Antonio Morichini, a Roman transplanted to Queens by his wife’s job at the United Nations, is pleasingly offbeat.

Photo: WSJ

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  • Mr. Softee

    I agree. I have been to Bevacco a number of times over the past few months for brunch and dinner, and the food has been consistently excellent. A welcome addition to the neighborhood.

  • PBL

    I admit, I had some doubts after some first-week hiccups (mostly service-related), but I really like Bevacco a great deal after multiple visits. Great pasta, nice cocktails, and I enjoy settling up to the bar rather than table service (owner is really cool and personable). I wish the best for this establishment — really nice addition to the neighborhood.

  • Monty

    Related notes: Baluchis is apparently already gone and immediately replaced with another Indian restaurant. There is some sort of kid’s play space/school coming to Henry in the spot just south of Noodle Pudding.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    I went to Baluchi’s successor this weekend. The place is now called Asya. The food and service are equally good.

  • Heightsman

    Not to hijack but put a brickoven pizza in the former Baluchis place and it will be packed. People are creatures of habit and this area likes the pizza. Just sayin’.

  • yoohoo

    Work seems to be going on inside the former Patsy/Grimaldi’s (to be called “Julia’s”).

  • Jorale-man

    An idea for a future BHB poll: Best Italian.

    Newcomer Bevacco? Mainstay Noodle Pudding? Or cozy Sardinian place River Deli? I suspect I know the neighborhood’s favorite but it would be an interesting discussion.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Haven’t been to Bevacco yet but after reading this blog will definite make it a priority. The menu looks very good and has some of my favorites on it.

  • Henry

    I’ve been to Bevacco several times, and the most consistent thing is inconsistency. Sandwiches and pastas have been mostly good, occasionally excellent. Omelets have been terrible, not even up to diner level. Salads show flashes of inspiration with their ingredient combinations, but are hampered by absurd underdressing (as in there was no discernible dressing at all a couple of times) and the whole experience is marred by a general air of stinginess – jeez, can you throw in a piece of bread while we wait? Service is unwelcoming and amateurish, but that’s a universal Brooklyn restaurant gripe; the good servers mostly end up in Manhattan, where they can make more. But the chef here definitely has talent and potential. They just need a bit of grace and a spirit of generosity to make it a truly pleasant place.

  • Hicks St Guy

    I thought their food was very good, but their wine list very over-priced.

  • C.

    Went once. Won’t be back. Rude waiter and tiny portions. There’s nothing Italian about tiny portions.