Eating in a backyard garden is such a sweet bonus to dining out in Brooklyn during the warm months. I went with a friend to Apt. 138 (138 Smith St., between Bergen & Dean Streets, 718-858-0556, www.apt138.com) and sat out back under the trees to have lunch.
We each ordered the Iced Tea, which was infused with mint, served with a wedge of lemon in a nice big pint glass and SO refreshing, especially on a hot summer afternoon.
I ordered the Watercress Salad with blue cheese, green apple and walnuts. There were perfect portions of each item; plenty of nuts, cheese and thin slices of apple. The dressing was slightly creamy and lemony and made for a thoroughly enjoyable meal.
My friend got the Beet Salad with goat cheese and orange slices. She described it as delectable, and that the tart goat cheese provided a perfect balance to the sweetness of the beets. She also noted that the portion was not enough for a nursing mom. We did have a basket of toasty French bread and a plate of olive oil that helped fill her up, but if you're in the same boat maybe order an appetizer as well.
It's a nice spot, away from the hustle & bustle of Smith St. Go there while you can, as Fall's a-comin'!