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Marlow & Sons

In Food on October 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Marlow and Sons not only operates as a gourmet general store, but also as a cafe and restaurant. At night, this Williamsburg establishment serves up classic cocktails and eclectic dishes in a cozy, dimly lit space. The unpretentious facade makes Marlow & Sons a welcoming place, as well as the outside awning that advertises “Groceries, Spirits, Oyster”. Once inside you will find local Brooklynites and loyal fans congregating at communal tables. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very warm and inviting. You could definitely tell that there was almost a country, homey feel when you walked in. The decorations were charming with the little corner store groceries and trinkets. There seemed to be a few dining tables in the main room with small stool seats, which weren’t the most comfortable. Nonetheless, the ambiance was perfect.

I noticed many of the customers noshing on plates of house-made charcuterie and pâté, as well as cheese and olives. This only made me hungrier! We started off with about a dozen east coast oysters. I believe we had a mix from Virginia and New York. They were served with a delicious mignonette sauce that I slurped down in a matter of seconds.

We ordered the chicken liver pate for the table and it was simply to die for. They give you a nice size portion of this savory goodness to spread on fresh semolina bread. That didn’t last very long at the table. It also paired well with the sides of olives we ordered as well.

None of the dishes we had were a disappointment. Especially the crostini which was incredibly earthy and tangy in flavor, topped with radicchio and sliced pears.

My favorite dish, however, was the bourguignon, which is a beef stew braised in red wine and beef broth. The flavors of garlic and onions came out of the dish. The beef was so tender and deliciously marbled. There is also the brick chicken, which is Marlow and Sons signature dish. Although we didn’t order the chicken (it’s hard for me to choose chicken with so many other amazing options) I did see many customers order it. It looked very moist with an exceptionally crisp skin. Maybe next time I will try it.

I generally skip dessert. But not this time. There were two options and of course we were going to order both. The chocolate caramel tart and pumpkin pie. The tart had just the perfect consistency of chocolate and caramel.  The texture was soft, then hard and the crust was crumbly. The ganache was so smooth and velvety. And if that wasn’t enough, they top if off with sea salt, which is just the right balance of sweet and salty. This dessert is perhaps one of the best I have ever had.  The pumpkin pie was semi sweet and with just a hint of spice. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and pumpkin seeds, this is the perfect dessert for fall.

Marlow & Sons is a place where you can come with good company, enjoy inexpensive wine or cocktails, and savor the uncomplicated dishes. Intimate,yet super-casual, this restaurant is right across the East River from Manhattan, and now my number one pic in Brooklyn for New American culinary delights.

81 Broadway
(between Berry St & Dunham Pl)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Neighborhood: South Williamsburg

(718) 384-1441


  1. Wait until you go to Vinegar Hill House & you’ll have a new BK American favorite on your list 😉

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