Kaz An Nou
Price: Low/Moderate (cash only!)
53 6th Ave
(between Bergen and Dean Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
As New Yorkers, cultural eats are at our disposal day in and day out. We know exactly where to go when our palates are jonesin' for some international grub. Invisibly etched in the pangs of our hunger is a long, comprehensive list of the best places to go for Chinese, Italian, Indian and the like. Well, take heed, my culinary cherubs, because Kaz An Nou, a newly-opened restaurant in Park Slope, just made your list for the best home-cooked French-Caribbean cuisine around.
The husband and wife duo behind Ivo & Lulu's, Sébastian Aubert and Michelle Lane, join forces yet again to show what a little love and a lot of cooking can do for the appetite. Kaz An Nou, translated as "Our House" in Antillean Creole, provides diners with that at-home ambiance from the second they walk in. Entering the restaurant, the aroma of spice and butter pleasantly overwhelm the olfactory glands, while the exotic plants and rustic décor pamper the eyes. But however good you're feeling upon arrival, it won't compare to the pleasure you will get from the naughty tryst the food will have with your taste buds.
What the menu lacks in length, it makes up for in presentation. The Pâté En Croûte, an appetizer option, combines pheasant pâté with brie cheese and herbs, and packs it, with truffle oil, in a crispy, warm puff pastry. The Gratin De Banane Jaune, another appetizer suggestion, has delicately sliced sweet plantains in a warm cream sauce with emmenthal cheese, serving up the perfect marriage of salty-sweet.
Moving your tongue past the foreplay of the starters, get your mouth ready to saddle down in edible ecstasy as you devour your main course. The Lasagne D'agneau will satisfy the spice lovers out there with its fiery lamb lasagna, accompanied with homemade pasta. Or perhaps the Poulet A L'Estragon will do the trick with its smoked jerk chicken breast accented with goat cheese, tarragon, and a syrupy honey sauce.
Right about now you're ready to wash down all of this tang with a nice glass of something cold, crisp and ... well, after today's board meeting...something boozy, right? Make sure you come prepared because Kaz An Nou, after all, is a home of sorts, and when you're invited for dinner, it's only polite to come with a bottle of something - and here, you have to, as it is BYOB. So stop by your local liquor joint, score a cheap bottle of wine and break that baby out when you're ready to approach the dessert menu. There's the obligatory Crème Brulée, the Mango Mousse and their daily cheese plate, but if you're looking for something above and beyond to top that other-worldly meal you just inhaled, I would suggest the Spicy Chocolate Cake - a rich mix of spice, texture, and flavor that will court your mouth through the remainder of your experience, once again awakening your senses with its coconut crème anglaise dressing.
Kaz An Nou is open Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-11pm. And if you're a wimpy Manhattanite who's afraid of leaving the island to go to the far off lands of Brooklyn, you can relax because it's a short train ride away on the 2/3 line. Get off at Bergen and risk never returning...because chances are, your love affair with this treasure trove will leave you wanting "their house" to be yours.