James calls itself "a seasonal American restaurant with Old-World European influences," and it is something of an Old World dream come true in Brooklyn for Bryan Calvert (once personal chef to Susan Sontag and Annie Liebovitz) and his wife Deborah Williamson – he runs the kitchen, she the dining room, and they live in the apartment upstairs. Mr. Calvert being a Bouley alumnus, those influences lean toward the French – purées, reductions, confits, beurre blancs – but the produce leans toward the local, including fresh herbs from the couple's own garden. There being only thirty seats, one might have to wait for a table, but there are fifteen places at the bar, and James is getting a reputation for its cocktails, including James's Ginger Fizz, with ginger-infused vodka, and the classic Black Velvet, which marries champagne and ale.
(718) 942 - 4255
605 Carlton Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238 (Prospect Hts)