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Yellow Hook Grille family-friendly Bay Ridge destination

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photo by Mary MacRae Warren

Every night can't be date night, so at Yellow Hook Grille the kids are always welcome.

"We're very family friendly," says partner Stephen Jackson of the grill that opened two years ago at the corner of Ovington Ave.  "We have crayons and a menu just for kids."

Yellow Hook Grille is not just for the kiddies, however.  The dinner menu is serious about good food at good value. The wine list is moderately priced with easy on the palate reds and whites (bottles start at $18).

We started our meal with jumbo shrimp cocktail ($11.95), goat cheese quesadillas ($9.95) and sliders -- mini-burgers  ($9.95).  The shrimp were huge, tender and succulent.  A different take on an old favorite, the quesadilla had a pleasing combination of mushrooms, peppers and onions for texture and balance to the smooth-tart bite of the goat cheese. For beef lovers, the sliders were the perfect one-bite mouthful, juicy and flavorful.

We might have stopped there because the appetizers were hearty, but we were glad we didn't.  

Our entrees included filet of sole ($16.95), filet mignon ($21.95), salmon steak ($15.95), a clam pie ($13), andkids mac 'n cheese ($5.95). 

The filet of sole, served with a traditional caper meunière sauce, was light and flaky to the fork. Grilled exactly to medium rare temperature, the filet mignon was pink and juicy.  Served with a dijon dill sauce, the salmon steak was moist and tender -- as it should be. The clam pie blended fresh mozzarella and savory clams for garlicky perfection; the kids mac 'n cheese was cheddar-rich and bread crumb topped.

Our dessert favorite? The decadent brownie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce won hands down. 

Jackson and his partners, James and Robert Long, are no strangers to Bay Ridge.  They grew up in the neighborhood and opened their first bar and grill, Fairways, on 86th Street.  Chef Gene O'Connell of Long Island, also a partner, is responsible for the extensive menu of American comfort food heavily influenced by Italian and continental cuisine.

After four months of extensive renovations, the partners opened the grill in the landmark location of Lento's Italian ristorante.  All that remains of the 72-year-old neighborhood icon is a butcher block that the partners transformed into a communal table in the 30-plus seat bar.

The main dining area seats 70 and there's a whopping 80-plus seats outdoor in warm weather.

Check out Tuesday's recession special with $7 pies to go.  Happy hour drafts are $1 from 3-7 pm weekdays.

For more information: Yellow Hook Grille 7003 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY 1120 718-238-1089 Kitchen open 7 days from 11:30 a.m.


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