"Delicious" dim sum served in a "hip" milieu draws Boerum Hill locals to this "lively" Pan-Asian; "dirt-cheap" lunch deals and "unusual" options for the area distract from the "noisy" acoustics and sometimes "ordinary" offerings.
A variety of dim sum & Pan-Asian dishes plus
cocktails & desserts served in a lively environment.
Chance is easily the glitziest restaurant on Brooklyn's understated Smith Street. The plate-glass windows are tinted, the stainless-steel bar fronts a "bubble wall," and the host wears his French cuffs and slouchy suit with a certain panache. The menu, though, which bills itself as French-Chinese fusion, is a work-in-progress: The kitchen turns out straightforward Chinese fare like Peking duck along with dishes like rack of lamb with a "shallot sauce a la Pierre Gagnaire." - Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld.
Chance seems to have been driven by design: First, come up with a snappy name (China+France=Chance). Then, overhaul a bodega and turn it into an angular open space that stands out on Smith Street's overloaded restaurant row. Instead of Sino-Gallic fusion, the menu sticks with a separate-but-equal concept, serving well-executed, artfully composed plates of rack of lamb or scallops in xo sauce. Peking duck is crisp and moist in all the right places, its wrappers and condiments neatly compartmentalized. Best of all is a ramekin of piping-hot, made-to-order chocolate souffle.
For years, Chance has been a big hit with locals on Smith Street.
From the table to the bar, the decor and vibe are both modern and sophisticated. Favorite menu items include Peking Duck & Dim Dum, as well as a variety of Signature Sushi Rolls. From Tom Yum Soup to Foie Gras or Beet Salad, to Grilled Pork Loin or Filet Mignon.
The pricing is reasonable, which makes for a lively crowd.