Building on Bond – Tuesday Review

We’re going to be trying something new and will be posting every weekday!  The schedule is as follows:

Sunday Night Dinner recap/Recipe Mondays
Brooklyn Restaurant Review (and maybe sometimes other boroughs) Tuesdays
Emily’s Post Wednesdays
Sweet Thursdays
Recipe Fridays

Here’s our first review! We’ll also be using friends and family as reviewers as well.  Interested in reviewing your favorite Brooklyn restaurant? Email me at brooklynplated{at}gmail{dot}com by Sunday with a 500 word or less review and we’ll post it on Tuesday.

Building on Bond
112 Bond Street
Brooklyn NY 11217
Between Pacific Street and Atlantic Ave
347.853.8687

Recently we went to dinner with Chris and Melissa at Building on Bond in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  Arguably, Jess and I have a tendency to frequent the same few restaurants in our neighborhood we know and love, but this night we decided to explore a new option.

Building on Bond has great atmosphere and ambiance.  The interior looks like a super chic hardware store complete with vintage nut and bolt inventory shelves, exposed piping and metal mechanic stools.  This is also a minor drawback to the décor.  After a days work I was a little tired and looking forward to a drink and a place to sit and relax.  Unfortunately, when we were brought to our table I noticed that half the table had a bench attached to the wall and the other half had two backless metal stools.  I used to work in a machine shop, and I can attest to how uncomfortable these stools can be.  That being said this review is written with the memory of my ass falling asleep.

We started the night off with two appetizers, the cheese plate and the Bourbon Wings.  Both were a hit in terms of flavor, but the wings could have been crispier.  Although the cheese plate was excellent, garnished with sliced apple and candied walnuts, the server didn’t explain what the cheeses were.  The menu says they were from Stinky’s Cheese shop in the neighborhood.  For entrees Chris and Melissa had the B.O.B. burger and they seemed to love it.  Jess had the B.B.Q pork sandwich with apple jicama slaw and red pepper aioli on pretzel bread.  The pretzel bread was an exceptional touch instead of the traditional old roll, but the B.B.Q. flavoring detracted from the actual flavor of the pork.  I chose the B.O.B. Cubano, which was a classic Cuban sandwich heavy on the salt and unremarkable.  Our sides however were another great surprise.  The fries were served Provencal, which means slathered with garlic, oil and parsley.  The macaroni and cheese was also fantastic in the house five-cheese blend that had to include Gruyere and White Cheddar.  We waited an unacceptable amount of time for a bread pudding that we regretted ordering until it came and we devoured it.  Perfectly textured and moist without tasting like soggy bread it was a great subtle sweet end to a really salty meal.

The service was little to be desired, but in her defense, the place was way understaffed.  That doesn’t really excuse the unexplained cheese plate and the fact that I was charged twice for the same meal on my card.  I would return to Building on Bond for the small plates: Fries, Mac and Cheese, wings and other appetizers.  We missed the Reuben empanadas (which were sold out), perhaps because they are so good?  Go for drinks and snacks, but don’t wait that long for a salty sandwich.

— James

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One response to “Building on Bond – Tuesday Review

  1. Ha! Ha! or, as you young people say, lol! I really enjoyed this review. You should approach a local paper and see if they will pay for your meals if you review local restaurants. Then you can take your parents. 🙂

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