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Eat It: Convivium

February 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

And, now, we present our weekly restaurant review from our friends at Eat It: The Brooklyn Food Blog. (We apologize to readers and to Eat It as we forgot to slot this in its usual Friday slot.) This week’s feature is Convivium in Park Slope:

I recently had one of the best meals I’ve had in recent months. I went with my family to Convivium Osteria (68 5th Avenue, between St. Marks Place and Bergen Street, 718-857-1833) last Friday, on one of the most bitter cold nights this month. It’s an Italian/Iberian eatery, specializing in seafood, pastas and meats in hearty sauces, broths and combinations. The atmosphere is farmhouse rustic with dark wood tables & chairs and old-looking farm tools and implements lining the walls. It’s cozy and charming and the waitstaff seem proud of what’s being served. We were seated in the back area as the front room and the downstairs room were both full. It was slightly chilly back there, despite the heaters they had turned on, but it was no matter to us, for we had the most delicious, hearty and well-prepared (with the finest seasonal and farm-raised meats and vegetables). A narrow, wooden staircase leads to the downstairs room which feels like it’s part wine-cellar & part cave and is definitely a reason to eat here. It’s like you’re in someone’s special secret hideout, with only a handful of tables in the small space. On to the food! We had the special appetizer of Baby Clams and Chorizo in a Tomato-Onion Broth, Assorted Seafood Tapas for Two, Baby Back Pork Ribs, Braised Rabbit and Gnocchi. Click here for photos and descriptions!

Tags: Eat It Brooklyn · Park Slope

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gari N. Corp // Feb 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Good food, sloooooow service. Not relaxed European (cf Aliseo on Vanderbilt), just slooooooow.

  • 2 Eric // Feb 2, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I threw my wife a surprise birthday party there a couple years ago, 20 people in the downstairs room. The staff did a fantastic job, and the food and wine was terrific. Definitely four stars.