If you’re a Fort Greene resident, you probably already know about No. 7, a lively, welcoming restaurant/bar nestled behind the C train entrance on Greene Avenue. The menu’s interesting and appealing, the prices gentle, the crowd convivial and slightly more grown-up than other nearby places… in other words, No. 7′s a terrific neighborhood place for a certain segment of Fort Greene locals.
No. 7 is much loved, has been around for nearly five years now, and offshoot No. 7 Sub, with attention-getting sandwiches like Roast Beef with Grape Jelly Mayo, just opened its fourth outpost, charmingly located in a brick, smokestacked building right below the Brooklyn Bridge (see bottom). But recently Chef Tyler Kord did a minor revamp of the No. 7 menu, coincident to my first-ever visit, so I thought I let you know how good the food is here at the mothership, and how perfect it is for a pre-show (or -game) meal at BAM or Barclays, both of which are only a few blocks away.
As a starter my companion and I split a No. 7 classic, the Fried Broccoli, and I strongly suggest you do the same: this is a huge branch of that superfood, slathered in possibly bechamel, then deep fried with a improbably light, crunchy coating, some grapefruit slices on the side, all sitting in a pool of black bean sauce. It is delicious.
And both of our entrees were equally good, a Asiany stew of Pollock and Fried Baby Artichokes, served with Thai basil and a coconut lime broth (as well as unnecessary potatoes); and the new No. 7 burger (replacing the vaunted double-decker monster smeared with Velveeta), a dense and juicy Meatball Burger Sandwich topped with fresh mozzarella, pickled jalapenos, and kicky kaffir marinara. Excellent stuff, all around. We left happy, satisfied, and with plenty of time to catch the show at Barclays.
No. 7 is located in the corner of Greene Avenue and Fulton Street, near the C and G trains as well as everything that goes to Atlantic Avenue. No. 7 serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m., and brunch on the weekends from noon until 3:00. Closed Monday. Lots more information, plus the full No. 7 Brooklyn menu, here.