These days, using seasonal, local, and organic ingredients are old tricks for New York's top caliber restaurants. Rose Water, the Park Slope neighborhood spot opened in 2000 by John Tucker, formerly of Savoy, is no exception to this market rule. Champions of the earth's bounty and offering a perpetually changing menu, Rose Water is celebrating its seventh anniversary this year as a neighborhood fixture in its Union Street (between 5th & 6th Avenue) location.

Why do people love Rose Water? First of all, try the reasonable prices, the awning-covered outdoor seating, the homey flowers, the table salt, and the mellow ambiance of a wood-planked room, neither too sparse nor too crowded. And most importantly, there's the food--seasonal American cuisine with a Mediterranean flare.

Gothamist visited Rose Water for a recent brunch and opted for outdoor seating under their bright red awning. The brunch menu features a selection of organic egg dishes, sandwiches, a vegetarian option (black truffle grits with escarole and poached eggs), pancakes and waffles for those with a sweet tooth, and a few daily specials showcasing the market's bounty.

A $13 prix fixe includes an entree and either coffee, tea, or fresh juice. Gothamist headed straight for Rose Water's luscious blueberry buttermilk pancakes, thick and fluffy, topped with a wallop of lemon ricotta, pistachios, and warm maple syrup. Melding the textures and flavors of creamy, nutty, sweet, and savory, we couldn't have asked for better pancakes. Our dining companion opted for one of the day's specials: a corn cake studded with fresh corn and vegetables, topped with two organic eggs over-easy, and a side of fresh mixed greens. The corn-cake was mildly under-seasoned, but undeniably fresh and still pretty on the plate.

Gothamist can't wait to revisit Rose Water for dinner, during which they offer a three course summer market menu prix fixe Monday through Thursdays. A five course chef's tasting menu is also available for $54 per person, including wine pairings with each course.

Rose Water is located at 787 Union Street (at 6th Avenue) and open for dinner seven nights a week, and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 718.783.3800.