After I gave birth to my son, it took me several months before I felt comfortable enough to leave him with a sitter for a night out with the hub. Being an obsessive first time mom, I didn’t want to stray too far from home so I decided to check out BASIL PIZZA & WINE BAR which is in my neighborhood. It’s walking distance to my apartment so I could enjoy dinner without feeling like I was completely abandoning my son, and they serve brick oven pizza and wine, which just about screams date night to me!
We had to wait a bit for a table, but that usually reassures me that the food is good. With brick walls and nice lighting, it has a trendy and hip vibe. The tables are a bit too close for my comfort, and don’t allow for much private conversation; however, the pizza is one of the best in Brooklyn and it’s the only place in Crown Heights where you will be able to have a glass of wine with your fries. (SIGH) Those fries are amazing! To be honest, those fries are the reason I go back. They are perfectly crisp and topped off with a nice dusting of fresh Parmesan. It’s served with ketchup and garlic mayo but is good enough to eat solo (as a ketchup lover, even I was surprised I didn’t feel the need to slather it with the red stuff!). It’s a great place for a night out and makes for a nice brunch spot as well. I went there recently with some girlfriends and was pleased with their breakfast menu; it’s the usual selection of omelets, pancakes and pastries but it’s served fresh without the usual greasiness that often comes with a plate of eggs and home fries!
Bottom line: Pricey but they serve great pizza, fries, and breakfast grub. They have a nice selection of beer and wine and for adventurous eaters, they offer a range of unique dishes. I recommend the beet salad with goat cheese. The cheese is dipped in bread crumbs and lightly fried and melts in your mouth when you bite into it!
Basil Pizza and Wine Bar
270 Kingston Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213