Chef Saul Bolton, the talented toque who runs Saul, one of the first Michelin-starred restaurant in Brooklyn, has opened a new joint in Brooklyn Heights called Red Gravy. The 75-seat trattoria is located in the space formerly occupied by Mezcal at 151 Atlantic Avenue, and as you can see, it's not a flashy affair. Exposed brick walls and wooden ceiling beams, simple chandeliers and a modest bar layout create a casual framework for Bolton’s seasonal Italian menu (below).

Considering Bolton's impeccable reputation (he's also attracted a following at the popular Prospect Heights restaurant The Vanderbilt) and the lack of competition on this stretch of Atlantic, we're not surprised to hear Red Gravy's been mobbed. You be the judge, but an early rave from Yelp declares, "The arancini are sublime, we had an extra guest at our table so we naturally had to get two orders. Yeah, 2. The meatballs as well are a thing of beauty in a little pond of polenta. The orecchiette itself was al dente, the sausage super spicey with almost perfume like flavors. So good. The porgy was light and clean."

151 Atlantic Avenue, between Henry and Clinton Streets, Brooklyn; (718) 855-0051

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