Restaurant: Sociale – 72 Henry Street, Brooklyn, New York
Enter Sociale. Whenever you walk into an Italian restaurant and are greeted by an entire staff speaking Italian, you know you’ve made a good decision.
Sociale has a very modern, clean feel to it. The vibrant atmosphere is surrounded by large windows that provide ample lighting and frame the white painted brick and dark wood floors and tables. Clean and sleek, but still with a somewhat old-world feel.
Of course, we pigged out, ordering from across the menu.
Fried calamari, shrimp, eggplant, red peppers and marinara sauce. How can you go wrong? The Frittura Di Mare consisted of flash fried seafood and vegetables piled high on top of each other.
Pappardelle Al Coniglio is made up of whole wheat pappardelle, rabbit ragout and black olives. The portion was a little small for my liking but the flavor packed a punch. This wasn’t my favorite dish. I thought it could have used a little more sauce since the noodles appeared to be somewhat dry.
The clear best dish of the night was the pumpkin ravioli! These bite-size raviolis were stuffed with delicious pumpkin filling in a butter sauce. The raviolis literally exploded inside my mouth at each bite. Deliciously buttery and full of flavor. I’d eat these all day long.
We ordered a veal entree which was one of the specials that night. This dish consisted of a thin piece of veal topped with some greens. Simple and done well.
Service was exceptional. The staff was welcoming, friendly and inviting. The standout example of this was when I asked for a glass of Riesling. There weren’t any ‘by the glass’ options for Reisling, but our waiter didn’t hesitate to open a bottle anyway and pour me a glass. Great service and it clearly made an impression on me.
The portions of some dishes may be a little small and Sociale isn’t the cheapest restaurant on the block. However, it’s not insanely priced. Prices range from $15-$18 for pastas and $20-$27 for entrees. The food is fresh, simple and delicious and everyone can find something that fits their budget on the menu.
Next time you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, skip the line at Grimaldi’s and head to Sociale. Traditional Italian cuisine is fused with a modern flair and exceptional customer service. Check them out!
PS – Don’t mind their website. They clearly haven’t updated it in a few months since the restaurant opened. You’ll have to visit MenuPages.com to find the menu.