A Favorite Brooklyn Restaurant. Cecconi's Dumbo.
Recently, I tried Cecconi’s for the first time. Our daughter and son-in-law had been in a couple of times prior, and thought we would enjoy it—especially seated at a window table overlooking the walkway of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and just beyond, the East River and City skyline.
I had seen people dining on the outside terrace, which looked lovely, last summer during my many walks between Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, emerging from Brooklyn Bridge Park right there on Main Street.
Located in the Empire Stores, the large brick renovated warehouses right on the waterfront, Cecconi’s is part of the high-end Italian restaurant group owned by Nick Jones. The group’s flagship restaurant is in London, with others by the same name in Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Miami, and West Hollywood—in addition to a second location in London. Hand made pastas, a menu of chicchetti—small bites, salads, pizzas and special dishes, plus a selection of carpaccio and tartare, wood and charcoal roasted entrees, salads and appetizers round out the menu. An elegant, yet comfortable bar centers the first room. On this particular Friday evening, many people were seated at the bar--several dining on small plates and pizzas as well. We ate in the dining room, which was beautiful. The service was excellent, attentive, and the right amount of friendly. My son-in-law was surprised when the waiter remembered his drink order from his prior visit—exactly. We had drinks and wine, and dined on cicchetti and wood oven pizza. The pizzas were thin-crust, creative and delicious. Small plates included roasted shishito peppers, whipped ricotta crostini, meatballs, and calamari—each plate with a special twist. Next time, I want to be sure to sample a couple of the salads and for sure the truffle polenta. Also, the pasta and dinner selections looked divine. I know we will be back.