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Polo Dobkin’s latest venture Meadowsweet is situated in the former home of South Williamsburg favorite Dressler — he was the chef there as well before it closed unexpectedly in 2014. Meadowsweet has no pretense, just honest, beautifully prepared food. We highly recommend it. They recently received a Michelin star for their simple, yet delicious New American cuisine.
The space is rugged and airy, with whitewashed pine from Kentucky, and a spectacular 17-foot hanging herb garden, the bounty of which is used for the cocktail menu. The food menu, which is mostly New American, has layers. It opens with three options: raw and cured, snacks, and starters, the latter of which impresses the most. Seafood is where the restaurant excels: The Spanish octopus is pleasantly chewy, tender, and smoky, and the scallop ceviche, served with lime, tomato, avocado, and cilantro, is wonderfully fresh. The entrées menu solely consists of fish and meat but offers its own range.
The flavors are “on point” at this Williamsburg “standout” from former Dressler chef Polo Dobkin whose “ever-changing” New American menu highlights his “ingenuity”; the “bright, airy” space has a “hip”, “laid-back” vibe, and the “attentive” staff is another big plus.
Headed by the same chef (Polo Dobkin) as the previous tenant (Dressler), Meadowsweet is a dinner/bar operation that will feature mouth-watering dishes like St. Louis ribs, aged strip steaks with bordelaise sauce, and pan-roasted quail with grits, Tasso ham, and pickled watermelon.