As boroughphobic as we are, from time to time a venue compels us to think about leaving Manhattan. One such venue is the newish MonkeyTown (open since October 2005), a hybrid screening-dining room and one of a very few places at which one can simultaneously eat well and screen video footage. (The bar at Do Hwa also comes to mind.) Coleman Lee Foster, whose credits include Chanterelle, Gramercy Tavern, Esca, Bouley Bakery and Union Pacific, is in the kitchen. Montgomery Knott and Felicia Ballos are in front.
Like in Brooklyn itself, there is an unmistakable air of quirk here. Take their own description of the food, for example: We serve experimental cuisine and classic dishes from a country that doesn’t exist. Every cuisine and every ingredient are in play. The laboratory is open.
Above, the screening room; ahead, the front dining room.