BY CAROLYN ONOFREY
On an underdeveloped stretch of Bedford Ave. in Crown Heights, one that I’m sure won’t stay that way for long due to the rapidly evolving Brooklyn landscape, Catfish opens its doors daily for weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner of the New Orleans persuasion. Fair prices ensure a neighborhood vibe drawing neighborhood people. Catfish is a place to linger at the bar on a lazy Sunday or a place for brunch with a friend; a place where it’s easy to become a “regular”. In the summer, a breezy front entrance and a comfortable garden out back will be the perfect places to soak up the sun, enjoy a beer, and nosh on some oysters or clams on the half shell.
Owners, Maxx Colson, Aaron Giroux, and Luke Wheeler could very well be mistaken for members of your local rock band – the kind that girls swoon over- but instead met while working at a DUMBO gastropub together. They’re young, hungry, and ready to do whatever it takes to make Catfish all that it can be.
While working a limited menu for the first few months, Catfish now offers a full menu with all your bayou favorites. Po’ boys, Jambalaya, and gumbo stand front and center with a New Orleans style cornbread (served with cinnamon butter) that can’t be missed. A conservatively priced whiskey and scotch list as well as a thoughtful draft and bottled beer selection round out the menu and ensure that you’ll stick around for more than one drink.
I hope Catfish will appeal to both the new residents of Crown Heights as well as the old. A place where differences will melt away with shots of rye whiskey in the name of a good ‘ole fashion, good time.