Warm neighborhood spot w/ roof garden
A pricey ($30-60) new american / mediterranean restaurant with organic meat options in (@ S. 2nd St.) (Williamsburg - South Side) with brunch & date night offerings.
Mon-Fri: 12pm-4pm, 6pm-11:30pm Sat: 11am-3:30pm, 6pm-11:30pm Sun: 11am-3:30pm, 6pm-10pm
Isa is terribly alluring. The décor here manages to be rustic without becoming another country-chic cliché. Here, triangles rule, patterning the wooden beams on the ceiling and fusing into diamonds on the door. Even the light fixtures are hexagonal.
What really makes the food at Isa stand out is that it’s cooked in
an open, wood-fired oven. If charring thrills you, look for it on the grilled skirt steak, one of the city’s best. Sliced on a wooden board, it was blackened, juicy satisfaction. The oven-roasted porgy was likewise crispy, simple and generous. Served whole with nothing but a lemon, this was the kind of large, fresh and honest seafood one rarely finds outside the Mediterranean. Warm vegetable sides including eggplant, ember-cooked to melty softness and hot with chili flakes, round out the a la carte options.
Hip up to its rafters, Isa still manages to be approachable and friendly, a warm neighborhood joint.
The second floor of the restaurant serves as an event space for everything from DJ parties to herb planting workshops.
Isa runs a happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m.