birds of a feather

sichuan spice but make it aesthetic

If on any given night you were to peek into Birds of a Feather, you might be quick to dismiss it as a place that caters to hipsters. But it doesn’t take more than a quick read through of the menu to know that this place has style and substance. Sure that table of yuppies next to you might be ordering what looks like glamorized Chinese American classics with a little extra chili on top, and sure the “dim sum” section throws you off a bit, but if you wanted you could also order pretty good versions of Sichuan classics like steamed whole fish with chili, cold mung bean noodles, curiously tasty chicken, tea smoked duck and spicy cumin lamb.

So to summarize: the vibes are curated Chinese minimalist aesthetic, the flavors are a slightly toned down greatest hits of Sichuan and Chinese American favorites. It’s the kind of place that you want to admit is overrated but secretly aren’t mad when someone suggests it. And if you’re lucky to have it as a neighborhood haunt, it’ll surely make frequent appearances in the take out circulation for the food without the scene.

the details

Address191 Grand St, Brooklyn
Hours12-3:30pm, 5-10pm on weekdays; 12-10pm on weekends
Price$$-$$$, definitely pricier than a run of the mill Chinese restaurant, but pretty on par with other establishments in the neighborhood
Aestheticclean, minimal decor, natural textures 

good to know

Go here for: a weekday lunch, a vibey spicy dinner, a reliable take out option

Order this: spicy fish fillet, spice and millet pork, pork belly and pickled mustard greens, double cooked pork

Amount of time to spend: lunch service is quick you could be in and out in less than an hour, maybe an hour or two for a dinner depending on party size

When to come: the trick is to come for lunch and not dinner, especially on the weekdays with lunch special pricing, it makes for the perfect dine in meal

Getting here: take the L train to Bedford and it’s about 5-6 short blocks south

Other things to note: 

  • They take reservations via Resy. If you’re looking to come here for a weekend dinner, definitely grab a reservation. They also have a Yelp waitlist option.
  • They serve beer, sake and wine.
  • They have outdoor seating too.

Last visited: June 2022

Last updated: July 2022

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