A New “Choice” in Dumbo: The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY

A New “Choice” in Dumbo: The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY

The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY

The Gallery Cafe
108 Jay Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
718-797-1695
Hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-10pm
Sat-Sun Brunch 9am-4pm

We don’t have too many casual walk in restaurants in Dumbo (The Dumbo General Store café went to table service a few years ago) so I was a little disappointed when the laid back cafeteria style Choice restaurant located diagonally across the street from the York Street F train stop in Dumbo switched owners to a higher end restaurant now called The Gallery Café. But overall the changes are quite remarkable and the evidence of returning Dumbo residents to the restaurant further imply it’s a good fit for the neighborhood. Some things have not changed such as the intricate molded ceiling and the wood panel window booths, but the long communal benches (which I liked) have been replaced with white napkin candlelit tables accompanied with an occasional jazz quartet on some nights throughout the week. You can credit the owner Michael for the transformation of the space. On most nights you can see him at the restaurant tableside attending to guests and soliciting feedback – something you don’t really see anymore.

The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY

But let’s get down to the food shall we? The overhaul of the menu has replaced simple lighter fare of burgers, salads and sandwiches to more fanciful dishes such as skirt steak, braised ribs, Saffron Arancini and grilled cod (the menu seems to change quite often).

The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY

I shared a dinner meal with two others and we were able to sample a variety of dishes including crab cakes, braised pork ribs. The ribs were amazing – tender, juicy and meaty.
I also went back for brunch and tried out the fresh juice bar where you can literally hand pick the fruit off the counter and they’ll magically transform it into a juice of your liking. I ordered a plate of waffles served with walnuts and a rich buttercream that was also very good. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “A New “Choice” in Dumbo: The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY”

  1. Wow, this food looks so delicious. I wonder is it “good enough” to meet 184 Secrets of the Thin criteria???

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