Dying to Try: Rose’s Bar & Grill

There’s not a lot to hate when it comes to a down and dirty burger-and-fries combo. So when we caught wind of the perfectly executed version at Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg’s (Bklyn Larder, Franny’s) just-opened Rose’s Bar & Grill—which took over the original Franny’s location on Flatbush Avenue—our hearts skipped a beat. From what we hear, the approach to bar food here is gloriously simple: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The split pork sandwich, which Feinberg himself spit-roasts in a custom wood-fired grill in the back (kind of a big deal since he hasn’t manned the kitchen at any of his ventures in years), is frill-free and delicious. Same goes for the homemade pretzel, bubbly cheese toast, and, the pièce de résistance, the burger, which is served completely topping-free with the option of cheese, that’s it. If you’re making the trek from Manhattan, know that they don’t serve food on Mondays and Tuesdays—but if you live in the neighborhood, stop by anyway for a drink in the uncharacteristically-green-for-Brooklyn backyard and a game of cards (you can borrow a deck from the bar).