Williamsburg is known for its hipster vibe, trendy restaurants, live music scene, super interesting nightlife, cute boutiques and as of January 18th, it’s now home to Scriptum Brooklyn (SB). Yes, Williamsburg has a new addition to its culinary scene and it’s totally Spotlight Worthy.
The Space which once housed Gran Sasso is now home to SB. Located on Kent Avenue at the corner of N 10th, the low-key spot with partial chalkboard exterior is quite inviting yet unassuming from the outside.
SB embodies a mix of simplicity and extravagance in design. Upon entering, the restaurant appears extremely large and impersonal. Yet once completely inside you’ll experience a sense of coziness and a very intimate feel of the space.
The main dining room features a 50-foot bar, incredibly high ceilings that take your eyes to a skylight and splashed across the wall is an image of the Brooklyn Bridge. Just left to the main dining room bordered by Unique Custom Murals is the Lounge which is my favorite place to dine. The casual yet cute area is completely loveable. It features comfy seating, strange but cute little tables (that are somehow too low for the seating but works anyway), the faux fireplace and exposed brick walls. This small space within the Space is the perfect place for an intimate dinner with your love, a meeting with a Business Associate, an after-work networking event or a night out with the Ladies.
When seated you’ll receive a magazine which opens to the menu: a menu curated by Executive Chef/Manager Antonio De Leso. Chef De Leso who previously worked at Le Cirque, Circo and Caffe dei Fiori, has created a menu that focuses on Italian Cuisine. The menu features mixed influences from the Chef’s background, growing up in Florence Italy to his travels to France, Spain and throughout the United States. I believe I’d like to describe this menu as Brooklyn Comfort with an International Blend, although I can’t wait for Chef De Leso to give his description of the menu for me.
From signature in house-made Pasta Dishes to Focaccia, your taste buds will thank you and you will definitely come back for more. The fresh herbs and spices used to create these dishes are noticeable in every bite yet not overwhelming and are homegrown in urns that are housed in the Restaurant’s Garden, which makes them so delicious.
In addition to the main menu, Pizza Lovers can experience a creative menu of 15 offerings from the Brick Oven. Pizza Chef, Marco Gialone teases us with the delicious Classic Margherita then takes us on a mouth-watering adventure with creative options like Sun & Moon (half calzone/half Margherita pizza) and the Williamsburg (butternut squash, fresh mozzarella, sausage, and smoked provola). If you’re a healthy eater the Williamsburg gives you the perfect serving of veggie for the day :).
While I am still enjoying the adventure of exploring the menu – my taste buds are delighted thus far and I am so excited to update you along the way. I’ve enjoyed the fried Calamari, The Kale Salad, Rosemary Pappardelle, Beets Gnocchetti, the Green Tea Crusted Salmon, Lasagna, Pennette, classic Margherita, Regina Margherita, Williamsburg and of course, the Chef made Provenzale fries.
With any restaurant that offers great food, I expect a comparable cocktail menu and I was not disappointed. The bar offers a well-crafted menu of signature cocktails, each named after a Literary Genus and will be updated seasonally. Mixologist, Hugo creates each signature cocktail to perfection by utilizing handmade syrups, purees and herb infusions and his creative use of different kinds of ice-makes your cocktail presentation very unique and even more delicious. Walt Whitman anyone? And if you’re not a cocktail drinker, Chef De Leso hand-picked selection of wines is incredible.
Dessert, yes please
And now for my favorite part: Desserts! I have an unspoken agreement with myself, I don’t usually have desserts with every meal, it somehow cheapens the dessert experience for me and as such, I am very selective in ordering desserts. SB’s dessert menu is quite exciting, from the Lavender infused, brown sugar-crusted Creme Brulee to the Flan Di Cioccolato I can totally see myself breaking my rule with every visit.
I once read that “The mark of a good restaurant is not necessarily its size but the quality of its food, service and the generosity if its staff” I believe this statement precisely describes Scriptum Brooklyn. Yes, it is quite large and posses a great atmosphere but the quality of their dishes, their superb cocktails, and divine desserts have all been a huge contributing factor to my complete enjoyment on my visits there however it’s the generosity of their staff that has made each experience unique and completely enjoyable. The sincerity of personalized attention, kindness, and friendliness is truly refreshing.
I’d definitely love to hear about your dining experience at Scriptum Brooklyn (SB), they will be open for Brunch as of March 3rd and I’m excited to experience their 5,000 square foot Garden which is slated to open this Spring.
Scriptum Brooklyn (SB)
65 Kent Avenue Corner of N 10
SB Opens for Dinner
Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:30 PM
Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11:30 PM
Closed on Sundays until Brunch Starts then they will be Closed on Mondays
Photos via SB