Every time I read something about Brooklyn, it has to do with how fabulous the food scene is there right now. Take Ortine Café in the Prospect Heights section for example. It opened last December, and recently started serving food that’s taken right from the gardens planted in the outdoor garden area.

Owner Sarah Peck planted an herb garden and an in-ground vegetable garden that will produce much of the food for Ortine’s customers. She also has all the pickling, preserving, sprouting and baking done in-house and the mozzarella cheese used in the dishes is homemade. Food not grown on premises comes from fair and sustainable producers who don’t use hormones, antibiotics or pesticides. This is one environmentally friendly café.

Ortine’s entire menu is available all day which means you can get the breakfast pizza made with two eggs, goat cheese, fresh herbs, pancetta & parmesan at night if that’s what you’re in the mood for. And, there is complimentary WiFi throughout the café and garden.

Ortine is located at 22 Washington Avenue (between Pacific Street & Dean Street), Prospect Heights Brooklyn. It’s open Monday – Friday 8am – 10pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9:30am – 10pm. Reservations are taken for inside the café, but not the outdoor garden seating. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Restaurants: Ortine Café in Brooklyn
Customers at Ortine's in Brooklyn sit among the gardens where the food on their plates grows.