Ortine

★★★☆☆
An "Ortín" is a word from an old Italian dialect that represents a small garden plot next to a farmhouse where farm workers grew food for themselves. Inspired by this word that defines her own eating philosophies, Sarah Peck named her new 35-seat eatery, Ortine. Owner Sarah Peck has 10 years of restaurant experience�she has been the manager of well-known restaurants such as Pastis as well as Edward's, Lucky Strike and Schiller's Liquor Bar. Peck felt it was time to create a new space; a local cafe that would mirror her own ideas about eating and working. Her priorities, which include fresh, local fare, family, sustainability, and community, are embodied in Ortine. The aesthetic is European style café with a modern twist. A Danish modern chandelier heads off a row of handmade schoolhouse globes, antique tables are mixed with tables handmade by Sarah's dad and the warm cream-colored walls are decorated with French country wallpaper. The eclectic setting complements the diverse menu. A family affair, Ortine's café style menu reflects Sarah's Mother-in Law Barbara Guidi's years of experience cooking homemade Italian food for her large family and in restaurants. The open kitchen will include a pizza oven where menu items such as homemade pastries and baked eggs will be prepared for breakfast, and homemade pizzas with seasonal toppings will be available for lunch and dinner. All pickling, preserving, sprouting and baking will be done in-house.
  • 622 Washington Ave

    Brooklyn, NY 11238

    Cross street: nr. Pacific St.

    Map & Directions
  • 718-622-0026

About Ortine

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Mon-Thu, 7:30am-10pm; Fri, 7:30am-11pm; Sat, 8:30am-11pm; Sun, 8:30am-10pm

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I have to say after reading the reviews, mostly positive, of Ortine, that I wholeheartedly disagree with the one negative review. First off, the restaurant is quite small, making employee work space quite tight, and to have small children weaving and winding or "skipping" is very difficult to do your work as well as dangerous for the kid, what if coffee was spilled on the poor child? I was a waiter myself, and in a family welcoming environment, no less, and it can be a daunting task to serve (as well as do side work, when you are not incredibly busy) and to have frenetic activity go on around you. Secondly, for the "park slope parent" comment I do not think that is a fair assessment of the waiter's character, URBAN parents often forget that they are not the only people in the world considering they are immersed in public spaces more often than say Suburban parents, that being said I myself have witnessed a sort of self-entitlement among this community, and I don't dislike children, I work with them, if you have children, it doesn't hurt to speak to them about proper behavior in public before you go out to enjoy a meal. Since when is running/skipping/galloping/etc... acceptable indoors? But I always enjoy my meal when I go, usually for brunch, the waitstaff is friendly and competent and the atmosphere is cozy and warm. I suggest the Belgian waffles, they are phenomenal! I live in the neighborhood and feel this a great addition! I will definitely be coming back!

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★★★★☆

I have to say after reading the reviews, mostly positive, of Ortine, that I wholeheartedly disagree with the one negative review. First off, the restaurant is quite small, making employee work space quite tight, and to have small children weaving and winding or "skipping" is very difficult to do your work as well as dangerous for the kid, what if coffee was spilled on the poor child? I was a waiter myself, and in a family welcoming environment, no less, and it can be a daunting task to serve (as well as do side work, when you are not incredibly busy) and to have frenetic activity go on around you. Secondly, for the "park slope parent" comment I do not think that is a fair assessment of the waiter's character, URBAN parents often forget that they are not the only people in the world considering they are immersed in public spaces more often than say Suburban parents, that being said I myself have witnessed a sort of self-entitlement among this community, and I don't dislike children, I work with them, if you have children, it doesn't hurt to speak to them about proper behavior in public before you go out to enjoy a meal. Since when is running/skipping/galloping/etc... acceptable indoors? But I always enjoy my meal when I go, usually for brunch, the waitstaff is friendly and competent and the atmosphere is cozy and warm. I suggest the Belgian waffles, they are phenomenal! I live in the neighborhood and feel this a great addition! I will definitely be coming back!

Pros: Breakfast Pizza

Cons: Endless cup of coffee situation...

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On 10/22/09 at about 7:30pm, I popped into Ortine for my third (and last) time since it opened. I was with my two children and a friend was with her son. The restaurant was empty but for one customer sitting by the window. Our kids skipped toward the garden in the back. The man working there at the time looked at me and I smiled, apologized for the skip, and asked the kids to slow down. He replied with a scornful, world-weary tone, "That's okay, I also work in Park Slope," implying that there was something innately annoying about the Park Slope/children connection, which was blatantly offensive, considering he knew I was a parent myself. He turned to the kids, who had already slowed down at that point, and said too brusquely, "WALK. Don't RUN." Note to self: never again walk through these doors.

Incidentally, the next day I had a frighteningly awful experience at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope involving my daughter and - lo and behold - this selfsame employee.

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★☆☆☆☆

On 10/22/09 at about 7:30pm, I popped into Ortine for my third (and last) time since it opened. I was with my two children and a friend was with her son. The restaurant was empty but for one customer sitting by the window. Our kids skipped toward the garden in the back. The man working there at the time looked at me and I smiled, apologized for the skip, and asked the kids to slow down. He replied with a scornful, world-weary tone, "That's okay, I also work in Park Slope," implying that there was something innately annoying about the Park Slope/children connection, which was blatantly offensive, considering he knew I was a parent myself. He turned to the kids, who had already slowed down at that point, and said too brusquely, "WALK. Don't RUN." Note to self: never again walk through these doors.

Incidentally, the next day I had a frighteningly awful experience at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope involving my daughter and - lo and behold - this selfsame employee.

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Have had dinner there a few times and enjoyed all the entrees I've sampled so far.

The space is very cosy and has a very warm, country-home feel. I'm told they have a nice garden space too (according to the hostess, Ortine means garden in Italian), but I haven't checked it out yet, hope to if spring ever comes around

Generally the servers have been friendly, were pretty knowledgable about the wine list and made good recommendations (not the most expensive one on the menu like a lot of other restaurants typically push)

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★★★★★

Have had dinner there a few times and enjoyed all the entrees I've sampled so far.

The space is very cosy and has a very warm, country-home feel. I'm told they have a nice garden space too (according to the hostess, Ortine means garden in Italian), but I haven't checked it out yet, hope to if spring ever comes around

Generally the servers have been friendly, were pretty knowledgable about the wine list and made good recommendations (not the most expensive one on the menu like a lot of other restaurants typically push)

Pros: Cozy, great food, decent portions for the prices

 

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