It was last minute on a Thursday evening and I remembered hearing of the change over of Bistro 1310 to The Loft located in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn which i don't normally frequent. After hearing that the quality of food ambiance and service was as good as the Manhattan steak house but at a slightly less expensive price we decided to try it out.
The restaurant gives a very old world feeling, with exposed brick walls with a very eloquent but not over powering ambiance.
The Menu is what I would say is classic American Steak House with a slight flair. For appetizers we had the chicken soup, and gnocchi sweet breads. The soup which was not $19 might have been $7 and was definitely tasty with a little emphasis on salty which I enjoy. The sweet breads were just delicious and savory coupled with gnocchi brings me back to the duck gnocchi at Mike's Bistro.
For our main dishes my wife had the skirt steak which was cooked to perfection, flavored nicely and a very generous portion for the non Manhattan pricing. I had the short ribs which for me is my go to, tell all dish about whether I give my blessing the on the food, and the restaurant gets my blessing! The short rib was a tender as possible with a classic bbq sauce set on top of mashed potatoes and crispy onions on top.
Now what is the big winner for me and honestly most important was the service. I can't find any faults it was just perfect. The restaurant was busy and had plenty of attentive staff, they were knowledgeable, water glasses were always filled, and food came out in a timely manner. Id like to make a note here this was in a busy restaurant while a Bar Mitzvah was beginning in the party room upstairs. I give the Owner/ management a lot of credit for having numerous waiters and bus boys and prepared for a busy evening, to often I am in high end restaurants and service is lacking due to short on staff and a real restaurateur/ chef knows this is just as important as good food. To show you how happy we were with service we tipped extra on top of the 18% that was included.
Last but not least as I hinted too earlier, this restaurant gave me a feeling like I was sitting in Mike's Bisto just in Borough Park. In my opinion that is a great compliment because Mike's Bistro to me equals a perfect balance of American cuisine coupled with great service ambiance and even better food.
David Mosberg- 06/11/14