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Ditmas Park's Local Watering Hole: The Farm on Adderley

By Kelly Church

In food-centric Brooklyn, NY, a restaurant has to be fully committed to its mission in order to have a chance at succeeding. Enter, The Farm on Adderley - a simple restaurant that focuses on preparing food that is fresh, interesting, and approachable. To do this, Gary Jonas, co-owner of the restaurant, says they keep ingredients as fresh as possible and the menu short and sweet.

"We are very proud of the restaurant's mission," Jonas says. "Whenever possible, we try to utilize local produce and sustainable sources. We use great ingredients and keep the cooking simple."

Sometimes, Jonas says, finding the best local produce is difficult, but they do the best they can to offer their customers the best ingredients. The Farm on Adderley also distinguishes itself by purchasing full animals and butchering them in-house. "Because of this, our burgers and steaks are a real hit," says Jonas. "We also have become known for our vegetarian dishes."

The menu is minimal, with items like the Spaghettini, simply-prepared with fresh tomatoes, capers, and anchovies. Another vegetarian option, the Mushroom Tart, features caramelized onions, walnut puree, and watercress. As Jonas says, "You don't have to have meat to have a great meal."

With fresh food on the table, The Farm on Adderley strives to be a place that brings together Ditmas Park residents. The restaurant opened ten years ago in a time when the area was changing rapidly and people living in the area were having to venture outside of Ditmas Park to go out for dinner and a drink. Out of a desire to create a local watering hole, Jonas developed The Farm on Adderley.

"We wanted to create a place where locals can come together and be proud to be part of something," Jonas says. "We wanted the food to be interesting yet approachable and a place people could come multiple times per week."

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