When it opened a couple of years back Faun gained the recognition in a matter of months it takes most places in NYC's formidable restaurant scene years to achieve. The Italian-American neighbourhood joint, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, melds the owners’ love of design – architects David Stockwell and Carla Swickerath – with a creative Mediterranean menu produced by chef Brian Leth that changes seasonally. Regular dishes include a watermelon, pumpkin seed, and ricotta salad, mouthwatering pasta dishes like smoked ricotta ravioli and dreamy tagliatelle as well as fish and meat mains cooked to perfection (black bass, wagyu beef ribs anyone?). The beer selection both on tap and bottled is exceptional – try the craft draught named Wake Up Dead Nitro – and the wine list includes, in particular, a fine selection of Italian whites (the Sicilian Etna Bianco is so, so good). On warmer nights, Faun’s garden patio, with its arching crabapple tree and wildflower and herb garden, is an inviting spot to while away the hours, Aperol Spritz in hand.
FaunItalian-American neighbourhood restaurant offering local produce and bags of atmosphere
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