Edie Jo's is a cheerful, enthusiastically family-friendly restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, located below that huge new luxury rental building The Parkline, and next door to a "parent cooperative" preschool. After a few weeks of just-drinks, the place officially started serving its full dinner menu on Monday and, based on two big meals I ate there this week, the neighborhood got a solid spot with this one, serving up everything from hot dogs to $3 fries to scallop ceviche.

The owners are Doug Friedman and Ben Toro, longtime friends and Brooklynites with deep experience in the hospitality game. Edie Jo's is the first restaurant that's entirely their own and, as if to emphasize the neighborly, welcome-to-all vibe they're going for, they've named the place after their respective daughters, Edie and Johanna.

There are several seating options here, including a row of wooden booths (and one extra-large, extra-plush one for whoever wants to feel like a VIP), 15 or so stools at the curving bar (yes, there's plenty of booze at Edie Jo's), two sets of tables by the two sets of windows, and a big communal number right in the center of things. It's a space that works well for drinks and dinner, certainly, but also feels right for when they open for breakfast and lunch, which is coming soon.

The best move Friedman and Toro may have made, though, was to hire chef Jonathan Short to run the kitchen. Short has spent time in places like Saam Bar and Lafayette, and clearly has a talent both for sourcing first-rate, local ingredients—the produce is excellent here—and then pulling them together in lively, well-balanced ways. Most of the dishes are pretty simple, but none of them are boring.

The wonderfully refreshing Tomato Salad, for example, turns out to be something of a deconstructed BLT, with big chewy croutons doing the work of the bread and plenty of bacon bits strewn throughout. There's even a puddle of mayo (the menu calls it aioli) underneath all the greenery. One of the more creative dishes, a Scallop Ceviche with loads of peaches, doesn't quite work together, but both the Montauk dayboat mollusks and the Jersey stone fruit are so good that it's worth getting and eating each separately. There's also a Hot Dog and an Apple Salad, menu additions seemingly designed for the preschool set.

Short gravitates towards off-cuts of meat for his entrees, which makes them both delicious and relatively inexpensive. The Denver Roast is a generous plate of lovely medium-rare underblade, with one pile of fresh green beans and another of a nice potato gratin — it looks like a dish someone might serve you at home, if they really loved you. Also good was the Pork Shoulder Steak, well-fatted for maximum flavor, though the accompanying buttermilk kimchi could have used a little more life. Pan-Roasted Hake, Chicken and dumplings, and Vegetable Fricassee round out the "large plate" options.

Surprisingly, the Edie Jo's Cheeseburger, likely to be the most-ordered item, was the least good of all the dishes I ate, the six-ounce patty of grass-fed cow lacking conviction. Much better are the crisp, salty French Fries, which you can get in a comically large bowl or as a side in a more modestly sized container. The best dessert right now is the Peanut and Caramel Cookie, save some room for that or grab one for the road.

Edie Jo's is located at 630 Flatbush Avenue, at Fenimore Street, and is currently open daily from 5:00 p.m. to midnight, with expanded hours to come (914-229-3300; @ediejos)