Pescada Dairy Review

by Frayda
crispy smoked salmon pasta carbonara at Pescada Dairy, Brooklyn

Pescada Dairy is an upscale dairy restaurant in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The Kosher Cactus visited Pescada in May of 2021. This review was written in July of 2021. 

Just so you know, Pescada is also the name of the affiliated meat restaurant, called Pescada Steakhouse. This article is only about the dairy restaurant of the same name. 

Where is Pescada located?

fried mozzarella cheese balls in tomato marinara sauce at Pescada, New York
Mozzarella never looked so good

Pescada Dairy is located at 1776 Ocean Avenue, between Avenues M and L, in the Midwood/Flatbush area of Brooklyn. 

If you drive, you can usually find parking on the side streets around Ocean Avenue. You might have to walk a couple minutes, but it is very convenient. 

If you’d rather take public transport, the Q Subway line stops at Avenue M and 16th, which is a 5 minute walk. There’s also the B49 bus, which stops right across from Pescada on Ocean Avenue. 

Pescada Dairy is open from 11:30AM to 10:30PM, Sunday through Thursday. They are closed on Fridays and Saturdays. 

You can order online from Pescada at Seamless or at the Pescada website. 

Pescada serves upscale diary dishes.

Their best plates are the pastas, which are handmade in house. You can order Penne Rose, Zuccini Primavera, or the Classic Fetuccini Alfredo, all of which come highly recommended.

Pescada also has fish options, like White Wine Braised Halibut and Catalonian Sea Bass, among many others. 

Does the restaurant have vegetarian and vegan options?

Because it is a dairy restaurant, Pescada is vegetarian.

There are some Vegan options, using impossible meat; Polpettes Vegan is an un-classic take on spaghetti and meatballs, complete with house-made tomato sauce and fresh basil. A few of the dishes, especially pizzas, can be modified to meet your dietary requirements. 

There are a few keto and Paleo/Whole-30-approved items on the menu, as well. 

What is on the menu at Pescada Dairy?

vegan vegetarian impossible meat burger at Pescada Dairy, Flatbush
It’s Impossible and it’s delicious

Here is the cool thing about the menu at Pescada: there are actually a lot of options, without being overwhelming. There is actually a separate lunch and supper menu, but a lot of the options overlap. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Warm Halloumi Salad.

I love halloumi cheese. This salad is absolutely magnificent. Purple onion, cucumbers and peppers on top of the classic romaine lettuce, sauteed onions, mushroom and cherry tomatoes… and the most decadent little pillows of halloumi cheese to ever grace a plate in New York. It is served up with a vinaigrette (don’t get the dressing on the side- ask them to toss it for you!) This, for me, is the chart-topper of Pescada.

Margherita Pizza.

Most of the time margherita is plain ol’ sauce-and-cheese. At Pescada, they have really improved it. Roasted cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil. This tastes like real Italian pizza. 

Ceviche Limeno.

This appetizer is raw fish, made from the freshest catch of the day. The fish is marinated in a lime dressing, and served with fresh corn, sliced onions, sweet potatoes and cilantro. It tastes like it was made on another continent, somewhere on the coast of the Medditeranian. Every bite of it is a party in your mouth. 

Smoked Salmon Carbonara.

This dish is divine. It is exactly as it sounds- penne, carbonara sauce, crispy smoked salmon, with peas and chopped herbs. This pasta tastes so light and fresh, it barely feels like pasta. It is really good. 

British Fish and Chips.

Fish and Chips is always a good test for the standards of a restaurant. If you order it and its unappetizing or under-done, you can expect food of the same quality overall- because at almost every restaurant, fish and chips should be made the same way.

Pescada’s fish and chips sets the bar waaaay high. Beer-battered turbot, fried to a crispy perfection, and served with a side of smashed peas (it’s British!). The chips are hand cut, and tossed with rosemary salt, which is exactly as delicious as it sounds. It comes with an aioli on the side, for dipping. Every part of this dish feels authentically posh UK. 

What else is on the menu?

  • Appetizers
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Sandwiches/ Wraps
  • Pasta
  • Power Lunch
  • Fish
  • Pizza
  • Sides
  • Drinks
  • Desserts

What Hashgacha is Pescada Dairy under?

exteriour photo of outside seating at Pescada
You can sit outside the restaurant, or in a street-seating block… either way, the food is amazing

Pescada is under the Kosher supervision of Rabbi Yechiel Babad. All dairy foods are Chalav Yisrael. All wines are Mevushal. Breads are Pas Yisrael and Kemach Yashan. 

Do I need to make a reservation?

Yes! Making a reservation is actually really simple, but even making a spot while you are driving there (hopefully they have an open table available soon) guarantees your space. Pescada is delicious- and busy!

You can call or make a reservation online at Pescada’s website. 

Is Pescada wheelchair accessible?

Yes, they are wheelchair accessible. There is also a wheelchair accessible restroom in the restaurant, and plenty of room to navigate between tables.

The outdoor seating area may be a little tricker- you’ll need to bump down from the curb to get into the street-seating block. When you make your reservation, just indicate that you have special needs, and they will seat you at the best space for you. 

Does Pescada serve drinks?

chocolate fudge cake with whipped cream and edible flower at Pescada Dairy
Chocolate Fudge Cake, best paired with whipped cream… oh, wait- they did that.

Pescada has a wide selection of alcoholic and virgin drink options. There’s a wine menu, with all the classics, as well as a cocktail menu.

If you are not drinking alcohol, get a Lotus S’mor Milkshake. It has a shot of espresso, Vanilla ice cream, crushe lotus cookies, whipped cream, toasted marshmallows and Lotus butter. It’s sweet, it’s huge, and it’s delicious. 

There’s also a great selection of both hot and cold coffees. 

What is the vibe at the restaurant?

Pescada is fancy. Dress to impress, because Pescada has arranged to impress you.

The indoor space is brightly lit, with fresh flowers and bright hanging lights.

There’s also a street-seating block outside the restaurant (2020 gave us a few good things!) The outdoor space is protected from the elements, and the floor is covered in fake grass. It’s a small detail, but it adds so much to the picnic-like ambiance. 

What is the service like?

Exceptional. The staff at Pescada were charming and helpful, and the food arrived as we had ordered it- staggered appetizers, mains and desserts.

Despite the heat, the waiters were on-the-ball with every request we made. Water? Coming right up. Late dish? Let me get that out for you now. Spilled drink? Here’s another, on the house. The waiter took a picture for us, and then another when we asked (Sorry, mate!).

We were not rushed to leave at all, and we were there for quite a while. 

Does Pescada Dairy serve desserts?

ice cream, neapolitan cake, waffles, whipped cream chocolate cake, cheese cake dessert at Pescada dairy
Now THIS is dessert!

Yes, Pescada serves desserts. The Pescada Dessert tray is a very large dish, and can be shared with the table! We ordered one, and everyone got a small taste of all the delicious items.

There’s waffles, topped with house whipped cream, a Neapolitan cake, and two generous scoops of ice cream. There was ALSO (it was really big) a sweet, dense chocolate fudge cake, a mini cheesecake with an incredible topping and a few extra dollops of whipped cream.

Having tasted them all, I can decisively tell you that they are all superb. 

Final Thoughts

I don’t usually go to fancy dairy places. If I’m spending a lot, I’d rather go to a steakhouse. Pescada, however, was worth every dime. Everything was good, the dishes were delicious, the staff were amazing and we all had such a fun time. 

When we split the bill between our party of 8, we each chipped in $84. This covered a decent selection of apps, 2 bottles of wine for the table, various cocktails, a main dish each and the tray of desserts to share. 

So, when can we go back?

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