An Appetite for Spring: Park Slope’s Rose Water

Rose Water Restaurant

Rose Water isn’t just another trendy New York flash-in-the-pan. This sumptuous Park Slope spot has been loved since owner John Tucker first opened its doors in August 2000. With new chef Marcellus Coleman and his skillful passion for Seasonal American cuisine, this earthy abode serves a commitment to plating as much local, regional, organic, and sustainably raised food as possible.

Tucked between the brownstones off Union Street, Rose Water’s 34-seat sun-warmed brick dining room vibes well with its all-weather, first-come, first-served front patio lined with two-tops; you could say it’s a perfect place to double-date. (Note: Call ahead and put your name on the list, but be warned, the hold is a strict 15 minutes only.)

On any given day, menu offerings may include creamy celery root soup with Fourme D’Ambert and brioche croutons or roast chicken with fingerling potatoes, Cipollini onions, and watercress. For dessert, wrap your mouth around the divine chicory coffee pot de crème. Optional wine pairings are available for $14.

Not to be missed, there is a three-course “Fall Market Menu” available Mon-Thu for $27 and a five-course “Chef’s Tasting Menu” for $60, wine pairings for an additional $26.

How to get there: Take the M or R train to Union Street, head east on Union for two blocks, uphill towards 6th Avenue. They are on the left, look for the big red awning. (Rose Water, 787 Union Street, Brooklyn, 718.783.3800,

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